Skin is the largest organ of the body, so it’s imperative that we take care of our skin. While topical creams and dermatological treatments can help, what you put into your body is just as important.
Blueberries get their deep blue hue from anthocyanins, a sub-category of antioxidants that slow the oxidation that causes damage to our cells.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, another antioxidant that gives this versatile food its red color. These strong antioxidant properties slow oxidation and help protect against cancer.
Carrots are high in beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A. “We use Vitamin A topically for many things, such as acne treatment and anti-aging,” Dr. Yeh says. “It increases cell turnover and delays wrinkles.” Pair baby carrots with hummus as an afternoon snack, cook them up in a stew, or puree them into a soup.
Oranges are a rich source of Vitamin C, which boosts immune function and helps protect against UV photodamage. Vitamin C can improve the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles, leading to more youthful-looking skin. Other citrus fruits that pack a Vitamin C punch include grapefruit, lemons and tangerines.
The body requires 21 amino acids that combine to build proteins crucial to cellular function and tissue repair.
Cucumbers contain approximately 96% water, providing nourishing hydration to your skin. Hydration is important for keeping your face feeling smooth and supple. For maximum nutritional benefits, keep the peel on.