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Top Foods to Eat for Beautiful Skin

Top Foods to Eat for Beautiful Skin

If you are wanting to achieve truly beautiful skin, get out of the cosmetics section and into the produce aisle!  Beauty really is more than just skin-deep, and a clear and glowing complexion is often not a matter of choosing the right makeup but of eating the right diet. Below is a list of the very best foods you can eat for gorgeous, healthy skin.

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    Avocadoes

    It should come as no surprise that avocadoes are so good for your skin: they are simply one of the healthiest foods you can include in your diet.  What makes them so great for a lovely complexion is they are rich in biotin, a B-vitamin which supports the health of hair, nails and skin as well as vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which is also an excellent skin tonic.

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      Tomatoes

      Tomatoes are also part of a generally good-for-you diet, but what makes them so attractive from a dermatological point of view is the fact that they are such a rich source of lycopene. Lycopene is a natural plant compound which can help protect the skin from damage due to sun exposure. They also are high in compounds called carotenoids, which are powerful antioxidants that reduce skin cell damage and slow the aging process. They are best if in their processed state, such as in the form of tomato juice, sauce or paste.

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        Salmon

        If you’re a salmon lover, rejoice! Eating this fish regularly is not just good for your heart, but for your skin as well. For one thing, it is one of the best natural sources for omega-3 fatty acids: a diet rich in these nutrients can leave the skin smoother and younger-looking and decrease the redness, dryness and discomfort of irritation and inflammation. As an added bonus, it also contains a compound called astaxrathin, which can help increase the skin’s elasticity and youthful-looking appearance.

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          Citrus Fruits

          What makes citrus fruits so attractive in regards to beautiful skin is their high amounts of vitamin C. Not only is it a powerful antioxidant compound to reduce oxidative stress in the skin cells, it also in needed for the formation of collagen, which gives structure and firmness of the skin and can help prevent wrinkles or sagging. It also has proven anti-inflammatory properties.

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            Eggs

            You will love your breakfast more than ever knowing that the eggs you are eating are going to help keep your skin beautiful. Eggs are rich in protein, which is needed for healthy skin cell growth, and are also a great source of vitamin A. This vitamin, along with zinc and vitamin C, is the most important when it comes to repair and renewal of the skin cells and its derivative, called tretinon, is used in many commercial products to fight acne.

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              Almonds

              Almonds are another super-food that are super great for  your skin! Like eggs, they are a great source of skin-nourishing protein and are also incredibly rich in vitamin E and selenium, to antioxidant nutrients which work together synergistically to protect skin from damage done by UV radiation.  The vitamin E is also able to moisturize the skin and prevent dryness, redness and inflammation.

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                Blueberries

                It is hardly surprising that blueberries would make this list, since they are not only incredibly rich in antioxidants (such as the anthocyanins that give them their deep, purple-blue color) but also in fiber.  Fiber is important because it can help to detoxify your body naturally and help remove impurities or harmful substances that can leave the skin dull or discolored.

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                  Spinach

                  Remember your mom chiding you to “eat your spinach” when you were a kid? This is actually one of the best foods you can eat for beautiful skin. It is a rich combination of nutrients that nourish the skin and keep in young, supple and smooth, including vitamins B, C and E, antioxidants like lutein, and omega 3 fatty acids.

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                    Dark Chocolate

                    Okay, admit it, it won’t be any chore to include this one in your diet! Dark chocolate is also incredibly rich in antioxidants to fight free radical damage to the skin and it also contains compounds that can help keep the skin hydrated and protect it from damage due to sun exposure.  However, in order for this to be affective, you must make sure that you are getting products that contain at least 60% cacao (this will usually be on the labels).

                    From dark chocolate to spinach to citrus fruit, the foods listed above will not only promote your general health: they also have the advantage of nourishing your skin and keeping it healthy and beautiful in a way that cosmetics can only hope to imitate.

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                    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                    Boundaries are limits

                    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                    • When do you feel disrespected?
                    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                    • When do you want to be alone?
                    • How much space do you need?

                    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                    Sample language:

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                    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                    Final Thoughts

                    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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