There’s an important tool for your skin that you may be neglecting—your diet! The foods you consume are far more influential than you think when it comes to the health and vibrance of your complexion. A growing body of research is linking certain foods, such as dairy, to acne, wrinkles, and rashes.
Here’s a look at five super foods worth adding to your grocery list (and a few to avoid!) to secure a show-stopping complexion.
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Research indicates that a diet rich in olive oil (2 teaspoons or more per day) is associated with 31 percent fewer signs of aging compared to people who eat less olive oil.
One study found that people who drank green tea rich in polyphenols daily for 12 weeks had skin that was more elastic and smooth, and had one-quarter less sun damage when exposed to UV light. Catechins in green tea like EGCG (antioxidants) boost blood flow and oxygen to skin, delivering key nutrients to your skin to keep your complexion healthy and vibrant.
This leafy nutrient powerhouse is a terrific source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients that absorb and neutralize free radicals to keep your skin cells healthy and your complexion younger-looking and glowing.
In one study, people who ate dark chocolate were found to have improved skin hydration and thickness. It’s the flavonols in dark chocolate that are so good for you. Flavonols are antioxidants that help fight against damaging free radicals and protect skin from UV damage. They also help increase blood flow to reveal a dewy glow.
Foods to curtail or skip:
Dairy Products—They are highly inflammatory, with numerous studies linking dairy to acne, rashes, arthritic symptoms, and aging skin.
Sugar—Spikes in your blood sugar level can wreak havoc by triggering inflammation throughout the body, stimulating excess oil production and other skin saboteurs.
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