We’ve all heard the cliche saying, “You are what you eat.” While we may scoff at this simplistic take on what is surely a complex issue of food, dieting, and lifestyle, there is some truth to be found in this adage. It’s no secret that our food consumption impacts far more than our waistline, but you may be surprised to learn just how much our nutrition dictates other areas of our health, like our skin. You probably know that eating sugar and greasy foods often lead to breakouts, but did you know that there are certain foods that can prevent premature wrinkles? Keep reading to see which foods make the list!
People have been singing the praises of avocados for years now, so much so that avocados are considered a “superfood.” After some research, it’s safe to say that avocados totally live up to the hype. For starters, avocados have several kinds of healthy fats, including fatty acids, which protect your skin. Monounsaturated fats keep your skin moist and healthy looking, while polyunsaturated fatty acids protect your skin from inflammation. Avocados also contain antioxidants which protect your skin from pollutants and sun damage. Vitamin E, also found in avocados, promotes skin elasticity and firmness.
Blueberries are delicious and nutritious, and they will make your skin absolutely glow. Like avocados, blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C, so your skin is protected and mantains its firmness. Plus, the phytonutrients in blueberries are thought to help curb skin cancer!
Green tea has a myriad of health benefits from protecting against cancer to reducing heart disease. So really, you should be drinking green tea regardless of if it helps your skin. Luckily for you, it is highly effective for reducing wrinkles as well. Win-win! The components in green tea that make it so powerful are polyphenols – which act like antioxidants to protect you from damage like sun and stress. Green tea helps reduce inflammation, as well as fight acne!