21 Foods for Great Looking Skin

 21 Foods for Great Looking Skin

Surgery is not the only option you have for getting beautiful looking skin. Besides, surgery is far too expensive and painful! I’ve listed 21 foods that you can incorporate into your daily diet that could possibly give you the great looking skin you’ve always wanted. These foods are delicious, they are inexpensive and you probably already eat some of them without knowing the benefits they are contributing to your healthy skin.

The foods listed below deals with a collection of problems your skin can develop… from wrinkles and dryness to sagging and clogged pores, so I will give you a brief explanation of what each food item can be used for, and why it’s considered to be healthy for your skin.

To make it easier to read, I’ve divided them into their own food group. This way all the fruit will be together, all the vegetables will be together, etc. I hope you find this article – which is meant for both men and women – useful. I know men tend not to care about things like this, but since our skin protects our bodies, and is exposed to so much pollution and sun, it being healthy should be a concern for all of us.

Healthy Skin With Fruit

Purple Grapes and Anti-Aging Properties

Grapes not only boost your immune system, but they also have anti-aging properties that stop the collagen in your skin from breaking down. Basically, purple grapes can repair tissue damage by healing skin lesions like pimples, and they regenerate your collagen.

Youthful Skin with Papayas

This fruit is filled with vitamin A and it also has anti-oxidant properties that help maintain skin that looks younger. Vitamin A helps increase collagen, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and age spots.

Pomegranates

Either the fruit or juice is good and will help build up the walls of the tiny blood vessels that run under your skin, supplying it with all the nutrients it needs. Pomegranates also have a polyphenol antioxidant called ellagic acid, that helps protect your skin cells from the harsh results of UV light.

Berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)

All these berries are filled with large amounts of antioxidants that keep your skin from premature aging.

Cantaloupe

This is another fruit that is filled with antioxidants that help you have beautiful, healthy skin. These antioxidants aid your body in absorbing the free radicals floating around causing skin problems.

Tomatoes

We all know tomatoes have a large amount of lycopene in them, but what some of us don’t know is that lycopene is an antioxidant that is great for slowing the aging process and keeping your skin looking young and healthy.

Plums and Prunes

Okay, I know! But plums and prunes are at the top of the list when it comes to having antioxidants that can keep your cells healthy. They fight the free radicals that can damage and speed up the process of aging – even to the extent of possibly reversing the damage.

Oranges and Grapefruit

The vitamin C in oranges and grapefruit can help reduce the number of wrinkles you have.

Avocados

This fruit has vitamin C and vitamin E that makes an amazing anti-aging formula. The omega-3 fatty acids also keep your skin moist, plump and young looking.

Well, apparently any food that is an antioxidant is great for your skin, and spinach is no different. It also has vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, and omega-3. This combination will have your skin glowing, moisturized and looking younger.

Potatoes

This has vitamin C, copper and zinc! This combination helps build the elastin fibers in your skin, and makes your skin firm and strong and prevents sagging. If you eat the sweet potato, this will help with the free radicals in your body as well as any skin problems.

Broccoli

You get plenty of cell renewing vitamin A in this vegetable. Eating broccoli helps your skin renew quickly, so you may want to include plenty in your diet!

Carrots

This provides the same benefits as broccoli, and is an alternative to eating anything green. Carrots are filled with vitamin A, and will greatly improve your skin.

Healthy Skin With Fish and Meats

Salmon

This fish makes an all around great choice for getting the omega-3 fatty acids that your body and skin needs. It contains selenium which protects your skin from the damage of UV rays. It also has vitamin D which the body needs. But the fatty acids also help reduce inflammation, fine lines, wrinkles, decrease your clogged pores and will keep your skin moisturized and glowing!

Lean Red Meat

You still need some red meat in your diet! If you’ve been cutting down or cutting out, then you may not be getting enough iron in your diet. This can cause dark circles under your eyes and pale, anemic skin. Try eating lean red meat to put iron back into your system, and to help eliminate the dark circles under your eyes.

Healthy Skin With Dairy Products

Low Fat Yogurt

This is loaded with vitamin A which gives you healthy, beautiful skin. This vitamin also helps your immune system, and it’s filled with antioxidants that fight against pollution. Vitamin A also maintains the epithelial cells which are needed for your skin and mucus membranes. There are a lot of people who also believe it slows down aging.

Eggs

Some people don’t like them, but the yolks in eggs have a large amount of the phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin. These give you a complexion that is supple and smooth by strengthening your skin cells. Eggs can also give your skin 60% more moisture!

Healthy Skin Diet With Whole Wheat, Seeds and Nuts

Whole Wheat

If you want to improve your skin on a cellular level, then eat your whole wheat breads and cereals. They contain selenium which is excellent for young looking and healthy skin.

Walnuts and Flaxseed

These two contain essential fatty acids that help keep our cell membranes healthy. When these membranes are healthy, they become a boundary for waste, and healthy membranes are the way nutrients reach the skin so that it can regenerate.

Healthy Skin Diet With Tea and Water

Green Tea

The polyphenols in green tea acts as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It fights off both bacteria and skin damaging free radicals.

Water

Water is always good for hydration of your skin. It relieves the dryness and plumps up your skin and keeps it looking healthy and young.

Conclusion

This completes the list of the Best Foods for Great Looking Skin, and I hope you enjoyed it. I also hope I included enough information so that you can see the importance of eating fresh fruit, vegetables, whole wheat bread and cereal, seeds, nuts, fish, lean mean and drinking plenty of water.

To further help your skin look its best, you can also take steam baths to remove toxins from the pores in your skin, try moisturizing with your favorite face cream and body lotion, and if you must go out in the sun for any length of time, make sure your body lotion and face moisturizer have a strong sun block in it.

 21 Foods for Great Looking Skin
Elissa Cohen is a consumer advocate. She is a lifelong resident of Dallas, TX and a teacher and personal finance contributor to Seekyt. She mentors college graduates and young couples getting a start in life with financial advice and life strategies for for family and financial security.