A great skin care routine should also be accompanied by a healthy skin care diet. What’s the point of using TwinLuxe ‘Shaving Skincare’ products when you are gobbling down fatty fried donuts and greasy double bacon cheeseburgers every day? Eating unhealthy leads to clogged arteries and weight gain as well as a bad skin complexion. Here are 5 foods we recommend you try and feast on that help promote skin health:
1. Yogurt – Delicious and full of vitamins and protein, yogurt has been used in skin care routines dating back to ancient times. In India, yogurt was used to clear away acne and pimples. During ancient Egypt times, the sexy and youthful Cleopatra was known to take daily sour milk baths that kept her skin youthful and glowing. Sour milk, as well as yogurt, is full of lactic acid (a kind of Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which helps smooth and moisturize rough skin. Yogurt is also full of zinc which has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce red skin swellings and has mild anti-astringent properties that help tighten skin. Zinc helps reduce the size of pimples and acne too. Yogurt is also rich in vitamin B which helps skin stay glowing and hydrated. Consider eating Greek yogurt as it is known to contain double the nutrients compared to regular plain yogurt.
2. Nuts – Walnuts and Almonds contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which help improve skin’s elasticity and moisturize skin. These essential fatty acids are very fragile when exposed to heat, air, and light so it is best to eat them in raw form as found in nuts. Omega-3’s also play a beneficial role in lowering bad cholesterol and blood fats levels. Just snack on a handful of walnuts & almonds each day to meet the daily intake requirement of Omega-3’s.
3. Berries – Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, which brighten skin, even out skin tone, and help fight environmental stress to ward off skin aging. A handful of blueberries each day will do the trick.
4. Edamame – Those delicious green beans served at Japanese restaurants are full of isoflavones. Isoflavones have been found to help prevent the breakdown of collagen, the fibrous protein that keep skin firm, wrinkle-free, and youthful. Edamame are also full of proteins and minerals which help reduce hyperpigmentation. A cup of this a day will keep the dermatologist away!
5. Green Tea – Green tea is full of antioxidants, particularly one called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which has been proven to calm skin redness, protect against skin cancer, and reduce sun damage to the skin. Green tea face masks are effective in subsiding acne and pimple breakouts too. Drink a cup of hot warm green tea daily instead of your fattening hot chocolate for wonderful skin benefits!
Eating these five foods help promote skin health. There are many other delicious foods that are also great for your skin but these are just some of our favorites. You are what you eat so eat healthy and eat anything in moderation.