5 Foods To Help Your Skin Glow
Everyone dreams of beautiful glowing skin like we see on all the Tv and in beauty magazines, but putting 500 anti-aging skin serums doesn’t seem anywhere near as appealing.
Serums and creams aren’t your only hope of achieving nourished skin however; and over here at Nutrenergy we’ve compiled 5 of our personal favourite skin cleansers! Easy to incorporate into your diet and full of other health improving benefits… What more can you ask for?
Organic Goji Berries
The most known benefit from goji berries is its anti-aging potential. Here are some of the reasons why scientists have found this fruit to be effective for maintaining healthy, youthful skin:
Minerals: Goji berries contain 11 of the 22 essential dietary trace minerals, including calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and selenium. Though each has a different benefit, they all can help nourish the appearance of your skin.
Amino Acids: Amino acids, at their essence can help smooth the look of your skin, and improve tone and colour. They also help hydrate the skin. Best of all, they're non-irritant.
Vitamin C: Goji berries have a high content of vitamin C, which is known to support firming, tightening and protecting the skin from environmental stressors. It's also been shown to help reduce the appearance of age spots.
Carotenoids: These are flavonoids like beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, crytoxanthin, and xanthophyll. These are known to help maintain a healthy glow in the skin; while helping to protect it too.
Polysaccharides: These components have antioxidant properties. They help firm, tighten and increase hydration within the skin.
Organic Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are known for their anti-aging properties, whether you eat the seeds, actual pumpkin or use the paste for your face – the possibilities are endless! Here’s some reasons why it’s so skin-friendly:
Antioxidants: Vitamin E acts as a strong antioxidant and helps improves the tone of skin, therefore creating a beautiful glow to your face.
Aids Cell Regeneration: Vitamin A motivates the production of new skin cells, and helps to repair any existing skin problems.
Protects from Pollutants: With the presence of zinc and selenium, pumpkin seeds upgrade collagen levels and give your skin extra protection against environmental pollution and harsh UV rays.
Maintains Sebum Production: Essential fatty acids play a significant role in maintaining oil production and moisture levels of your skin.
Getting enough fresh pumpkin in your diet is the best way to enable your body to fight against skin-related issues such as aging, acne, pimples and the appearance of premature fine lines. If you’re not a fan of the taste of pumpkin, you can simply apply the paste of mashed pumpkin seeds directly onto your skin.
Organic Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are possible the most renown in terms of anti-aging benefits alongside other skin improving benefits, and offer a delicious sweet yet nutty taste. There’s quite a few minerals and nutrients in these seeds that make them so beneficial:
Antioxidants: The vitamin E-rich sunflower seeds are considered as a potent natural remedy for premature aging. They provide protection to our skin from free radical damages, sun damages and environmental damages, which is essential for averting signs of aging and keeping the vitality of skin intact.
Copper: The copper in the seeds can facilitate melanin production in our body, thereby shielding our skin against the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays of the sun and maintaining them as healthy as possible.
Omega acids: The essential fatty acids (linoleic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, stearic acid, etc.) in the seeds have powerful anti-bacterial properties, which wards off breakouts, infections and other skin issues.
Nutrients: Being rich in nutrients, sunflower seeds can be a super food for our skin. It provides enough nourishment and moisture to our cells to keep our skin soft, supple, smooth and healthy.
Milled Organic Flaxseed
Flaxseed is a plant-based food composed mainly of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient that is known for providing a multitude of health benefits.
Improved Skin Healing: Flaxseed is known for being very high in the anti-inflammatories. This means that skin irritation, tissue inflammation and redness are minimized. In addition, skin rashes may be reduced. Conditions such as rosacea, acne, dermatitis and psoriasis may also be lessened. Omega-3 fatty acids are known for increasing the speed at which skin wounds heal.
Increased Moisture: The essential fatty acids found in flaxseeds help keep your skin hydrated and smooth in appearance. Flaxseeds increase your body's natural oil production. The fatty acids are necessary for keeping your skin soft. Using flax seed can both protect and moisturize your skin. Healthier Skin Tone: By keeping your skin moisturized, flaxseed helps to prevent your skin from drying out. The moisturizing effect of flax seed can help you avoid dull-looking skin. Dry skin is a precursor to a variety of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and signs of aging.
Natural Remedy: Using flax seeds, or flax seed oil in your skin care provides you with a natural remedy. You can add them to your main dishes prior to serving, use them as a topping or snack on them. Flax seeds are not known for causing reactions or skin irritations unlike chemical processes.
Protects Against Skin Cancer: The antioxidants found in flax seeds have a reputation for fighting free radicals. These free radicals can prevent or slow “oxidative damage". This can lead to a variety of cancers, such as skin cancer. By including flax seeds in your diet, the National Institute of Health states that you can protect yourself from and repair sun damage caused by ultra-violet rays.
Easily the most surprising, dark chocolate isn’t necessarily something you would associate with helping clear your skin. However, this is not the case as cocoa has some very positive effects on skin and helps leave it looking fuller and more hydrated. Sadly, this isn’t just any chocolate and must be at least 70% cocoa powder, so put your sweet shop favourites to one side.
One study found that after 6–12 weeks of consuming a cocoa powder high in antioxidants, participants experience thicker, more hydrated skin.
Their skin was also less rough and scaly, less sensitive to sunburn and had better blood flow, which brings more nutrients to the skin.
Another study found that regularly eating just 20 grams of dark chocolate high in antioxidants per day could allow skin to withstand more than twice as much UV radiation before burning, compared to eating chocolate low in antioxidants.
Several other studies have produced similar results, including improvements in the appearance of wrinkles. However, it is worth mentioning that at least one study did not find significant effects.