For centuries mankind has been using natural foods as part of their beauty regime.
Below is an A-Z of naturally occurring foods that assist in maintaning healthy and youthful skin, naturally.
Packed with healthy, monounsaturated fats Avocados boost the plumpness of skin cells. The E and C vitamins that they are rich in are great at removing free radicals, the rogue elements of biology that can cause aging and illness.
These nuts are great food for skin health because they contain zinc, which helps with skin inflammation problems, skin cell growth, maintenance of collagen. Brazil nuts and other nuts contain fatty acids that help to prevent skin dryness and the powerful antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin E, which contribute to anti-aging of skin and good overall skin health.
Carrots are a high source of beta-carotene which the body coverts into vitamin A. Carrots are also contain plenty of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that mops up free radicals, such as those produced by overexposure to the sun, that lead to the premature aging of skin. It also aids in skin collagen formation which assists the skin in looking young and plump.
Snack on dates for a healthy digestive system. A healthy digestive system helps remove the toxins within that lead to acne.
High in fibre and natural fighters against free radicals, Eggplant (also known as Aubergines) will keep your skin free of blemishes a youthful.
Figs are often used for constipation, a clear digestive system leads to clear skin
Grapes contain alpha-hydroxy acids, the substances that help peel dead skin cells from the face. Grapes can be mashed in a juicer and applied as a natural facial mask.
Honey is a natural moisturiser, attracting moisture to your skin and keeping it there, and it contains potent antioxidants that can counteract skin damage and slow the effects of aging.
Kiwis includes more potassium than a banana, more Vitamin C than an orange plus they are rich in vitamin E and Alfa Linoleic Acid making them a great fruit for maintaining healthy skin..
Naturally cleansing and great for removing dead skin cells, lemons are great for healthy skin. The high content of Vitamin C in lemons makes it an effective skin care aid. Great for drying out greasy skin, clearing acne, rejuvenating and exfoliating skin.
Mango is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes skin cell regeneration. It is the ingredient found in anti-blemish creams.
Nectarines have phytochemicals (chemical compounds produced by plants) that are important for healthy skin. A recent study from the University of California-Davis showed peaches, nectarines and plums are good sources of several phytochemicals which act as antioxidants, the compounds critical for maintaining healthy skin.
Olives & Their Oil
Olive oil is simply wonderful for the skin. Use it as bath oil, a lip-balm, a skin moisturiser, nail soaker, or a night cream. Olive oil has antioxidant properties and thus protects the skin from those harmful and damaging free radicals. It is beneficial in slowing the aging signs such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Pineapple and the powerful enzyme that it naturally contains, Bromelain, literally eats away at dry, dead surface cells on the skin, leaving skin soft and smooth.
A natural face mask made of raspberries helps protect against the suns rays. Vitamin C’s antioxidant powers help fade age spots and discoloration and rounds out the skin to fill in minor wrinkles.
Strawberries help clear acne and oily skin and are rich in salicylic acid, an ingredient found in many commercial acne creams.
Tomatoes are full of antioxidants, helping combat the signs of aging. When eaten once a day, they help to reduce the amount of free radicals in your body, helping to maintain the support system necessary for your skin and hair. They also help your body retain moisture, especially during times of the year when artificial climate control like heaters and air conditioners are running.
This juicy fruit is a natural moisturiser, not to mention, it’s an effective skin toner. The juice of watermelon is useful in the removal of blemishes on the skin too.