As you grow older your skin starts losing collagen and elasticity making it thinner and paving the way for wrinkles and other skin concerns. You can however drop a few years from your face just by watching what you eat.
Read on as we curate a list of foods that contain the nutrients that will renew your skin…
A good start to the day
Your breakfast should include Vitamin C, E, and omega-3. Vitamin C is a good source of collagen which helps keep your skin supple. Vitamin E and vitamin C are natural antioxidants that prevent your skin from harsh environmental factors like pollution and sun exposure. The anti-inflammatory properties of the fatty acids present in omega-3 repair skin and improve its flexibility.
Tomatoes contain Vitamin C; almonds, eggs, and avocados are rich in of Vitamin E; while walnuts, sardine and flaxseeds are a good source of omega-3. You can have an Indian-style tomato omelette or an avocado and banana smoothie for breakfast. A glass of almond milk does the trick too.
Time for lunch
Are you settling for a salad for lunch? While having salad for lunch may be seem like the healthiest option, it’s good to include other things in your meal to give more nutrients to your body and skin. Include vitamin A, zinc and selenium in your meal for a healthy lunch. Selenium is an important trace mineral that can help maintain the elasticity of your skin. Vitamin A repairs your skin and it’s an antioxidant which helps reduce dryness. Zinc does the work of a sunscreen and protects your skin form the sun.
Spinach, sweet potato, and red peppers are foods rich in vitamin A. For zinc you should turn to ginger, seafood, mushrooms and whole grains. Selenium is found in onion, brown rice and poultry
A healthy end to the day
Heavy breakfast, moderate lunch and light dinner is the mantra that has been drilled into us from an early age. But keeping it light doesn’t mean a pack of chips. You can instead go for a sandwich or salad with a lot of leafy greens. The nutrients in leafy vegetables improves your blood circulation, thereby giving you glowing skin.
Radish leaves, mustard leaves, lettuce, and broccoli are some things you can include in your salad.