It’s no secret that certain foodstuffs will help your skin glow from the inside out (probably brighter than any ruby-and-diamond blasting could ever hope to achieve). Here are three superfoods that will turbo-charge any dull dermis. While the days are still relatively lazy—and farmer’s markets aplenty—try incorporating these three downright delectable ingredients into your diet for healthy, naturally radiant skin.
Fish and Wine: According to a story in Allure, “The antioxidants in wine and the omega-3 fatty acids in certain fish may help combat the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation, explains lead study author Maricel B. Hughes of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.” The two essential fatty acids that you want are Omega 3 and 6. Omega 6 has the most beneficial effects on the skin and hair. Omega 3 reduces the body’s production of inflammatory agents that can damage the skin. Because the body can’t make either acid on its own, sources such as oily fish – sardines and salmon are the most environmentally-friendly options – are a must. Other sources to keep in mind are organic eggs, sesame, rapeseed, walnut, soya bean, and flax oils. Blueberries are the superfood that some believe to have the highest source of antioxidants, which, along with other nutrients, neutralize damaging free radicals, and thereby reduce cell damage. When skin is protected from free radicals, it can stay younger for longer.
Green Tea is another gem rich in antioxidants that will reduce inflammation and protect cell membranes. It’s been proven to reduce the damage of sunburns and exposure to ultra violet light. According to Hasan Mukhtar, professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, “There is evidence that drinking at least two, and preferable four, cups of green tea each day may protect against skin cancers and reverse the effects of sun damage by promoting cell regrowth.”