Instead of paying a fortune on the latest skincare products, add these delicious snacks into your diet for brighter, better skin.
Good for: Treating rough, dry and blemished skin.
Its zinc content can help to boost the benefits of vitamin C, which supposedly include improving pallid, dry, rough and spotty complexions. Bonus: Zinc is beneficial for hair and scalp health too!
Good for: Getting a healthy glow.
People usually turn to the sun for a touch of colour, but along with that comes a plethora of skin problems that you’ll probably regret later. A better option: serving yourself some pumpkins. They’re high in carotenoids, which not only counteract some sun damage, but also lend you a lovely rosy flush with their naturally reddish colouring. A study published in Evolution & Human Behaviour revealed that people actually found the carotenoid-induced glow more attractive than sun-kissed skin.
Good for: Fighting ageing.
As people age, cells break down and get sluggish. But, a recent study found that pomegranates could help power up these cells again, provided you have the right gut bacteria to process the active ingredient urolithin A.
Good for: Quelling inflammation and improving hydration.
Omega-3 fatty acids in this tasty snack help strengthen cell membranes to reduce irritation while holding in moisture. Which means that eating these regularly may result in soft, plump and problem-free skin!
Good for: Blood circulation, skin density and elasticity.
Minus all the salt and butter people may put on it, popcorn is a nutritional superstar. At a national meeting for the American Chemical Society, popcorn was lauded for being loaded with more fibre and anti-ageing polyphenols gram for gram than most other fruits and vegetables. For more taste, sprinkle herbs and spices on it.
Good for: Strengthening skin.
When exposed to UV rays, your body naturally produces antioxidants that halt some of the ageing damage. According to a report in Experimental Dermatology, an extract from licorice can urge your body to produce more of these antioxidants, giving your skin some much needed support.
Good for: Firming skin.
Soya products contain isoflavones, which have been shown to help firm saggy complexions by improving levels of collagen and elastin – fibres that give skin its plump and youthful structure.
Good for: Reducing wrinkles, improving moisturisation and quelling inflammation.
These work well in many dishes and drinks and, chances are, you’ll always have some lying around at home. Not only is their scent a natural mood-lifter, they’re high in vitamin C. A study by Oregon State University in the US claims vitamin C may aid in reducing UV damage and inflammation, as well as improve wound healing, skin’s firmness and hydration.
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