Your skin is the largest organ in your entire body and it has a hard job to do. Your skin protects your organs from germs and toxins in the environment, helps your body retain moisture to prevent dehydration and even shields your bones and muscles from damage through bumps and knocks.
With so many important jobs to do, it is clear why we need to take care of our skin.
That said, looking after your skin also helps the way you look, by offering a youthful healthy glow. More often than not, this comes from the inside out.
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A radiant glow really is achievable through simple diet changes. By adding certain nutrient-packed foods to your diet, you can help your beauty shine through from the inside.
Here are the 8 best foods to add to your diet for beautiful skin, along with the scientific facts on how each item can help your skin on a daily basis.
#1 – Spinach
Spinach, like many green leafy vegetables, is rich in antioxidants and nutrients. Spinach has a high content of lutein which keeps your eyes bright and sparkling (source).
This nutrient abundant vegetable is also a wonderful source of essential vitamins and minerals including vitamins B, C and E as well as potassium supplement, iron, magnesium and calcium. Adding some spinach leaves into your spring salad will definitely help your skin stay radiant and fresh.
#2 – Dark Chocolate
One of the biggest factors in unhealthy looking skin is sun damage. Dark chocolate can help protect your skin from UV damage as well as keep your skin hydrated and improve its condition when consumed long term due to the high flavanol content (source).
What better excuse to indulge in this sweet treat once in awhile!
#3 – Salmon
This pink fish has been shown time and time again to promote moisture in skin and keep it looking radiant thanks to its high content of omega 3 fatty acids.
Omega 3 fatty acids also protect your skin from UV rays. Clinical research has shown that omega 3 is effective in the prevention of non-melanoma skin cancer (source).
#4 – Oranges
Nutritionists throughout the world consider oranges (and grapefruits) to be effective in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles (source). This is they help restore collagen, leaving your skin looking plump and firm.
They are also an excellent source of vitamin C which helps the color and appearance of skin.
#5 – Berries
Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are a great addition to your diet to achieve a radiant glow. Like oranges, they’re packed with vitamin C which can be used in dermatology to prevent changes associated with photoaging (source).
#6 – Avocados
One of the ultimate superfoods, avocados are packed with vitamins A, D and E all of which help prevent signs of aging. Avocado oils have also been shown to increase collagen metabolism (source).
Eggs make the perfect breakfast addition to your diet if you want to really achieve that radiant glow.
Most notably, eggs are rich in selenium which not only has anti carcinogenic and anti inflammatory properties, but it is also an important cellular antioxidant and prevents damage to skin cells by protecting against UV induced damage (source).
Eggs are also packed with vitamin A which prevents skin from developing abnormal clumps which can turn into skin tags and moles.
#8 – Kiwi
Kiwi fruit offers an exotic, bittersweet twist to your diet. It is packed with antioxidants which help fight free radicals and prevent cancer which may not offer a radiant glow, but is definitely something to consider when thinking about skincare.
Kiwi is a natural toner and helps to keep skin firm. This makes it an excellent addition to your diet in order to promote healthy looking skin.
By making a few simple diet changes, you can achieve a radiant glow without spending hundreds of dollars on skincare.
No longer do you need a dresser full of cosmetics and hours of facials to obtain healthy-looking skin. The food you put into your body daily has more influence over your health on the inside and out. So try incorporating some (or all) of these foods to your everyday diet. Believe me, you won’t regret it.
About the Author
Helen Sanders is chief editor at HealthAmbition.com. Established in 2012, Health Ambition has grown rapidly in recent years. Our goal is to provide easy-to-understand health and nutrition advice that makes a real impact. We pride ourselves on making sure our actionable advice can be followed by regular people with busy lives.