Eat your way to amazing skin.
It’s well documented that antioxidants are fab for your skin. At least five portions of colorful fruits of vegetables a day can help protect your skin from the damage (wrinkles and age spots) caused by things like smoking, pollution, and the sun. It’s summer in many parts of the world, and winter in others. Both seasons can be particularly hard on skin. Well especially depending on where you live. I know winters in Canada can be harsh, but we’ve been in the middle of a heat wave in Toronto this summer, and even when it is supposed to rain, it hasn’t been lasting long. There is not enough sunscreen I can slather on that doesn’t melt away in an hour! But, I digress. On to the point of the post, some antioxidants you can eat to keep your skin as healthy as possible.
Here are some of the antioxidants you want to eat
Think of eating the rainbow!
Beta-carotene and Lutein to protect against wrinkles and age spots.
- Foods high in beta-carotene: Carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potato
- Foods high in lutein: Kale, papaya, and spinach
Vitamin C-rich foods help produce collagen to help with radiant skin and to heal blemishes.
- Foods high in vitamin C: Blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes
Selenium can help to protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots.
- Foods high in selenium: Brazil nuts (four of them give you more than five times the amount of three ounces of tuna), broccoli, eggs, fish, shellfish, tomatoes and wheatgerm
I can’t eat fish, eggs, shellfish or wheatgerm but they are really high in selenium so I included them for those of you that can!
Vitamin E protects your skin from cell damage to support healthy skin growth.
- Foods high in vitamin E: Almonds, avocado, corn oil, hazelnuts, pine nuts and sunflower oil
These are just some of the foods rich in antioxidants to help your skin look and feel its best!