Feed Your Face: Eat Your Way to a Healthier Complexion this Season
Posted Monday December 9, 2013 2:15 PM GMT
You are what you eat. At least that’s what we’ve heard.
And during the holiday season, many of us count calories to keep our girlish figures, but the connection between healthy food and a clear complexion is often forgotten.
In an effort to ensure your seasonal glow, we pulled together six items that are skin and body-conscious. Does this justify seconds?
Suggested Serving Size: 5.3 ounces a day
This particular dairy product packs almost twice as much protein as regular yogurt. That protein helps to firm skin, which in turn decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Suggested Serving Size: One whole pomegranate a day
The succulent fruit is packed with polyphenol antioxidants, which aggressively fight free radicals in the body. They also work to regulate the skin’s blood flow, encouraging a healthy rosy glow. When applied in a topical solution, pomegranates reduce the signs of pre-mature aging.
Suggested Serving Size: A handful a day
Walnuts are choked-full of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which noticeably improve skin’s elasticity. They also contain loads of collagen-boosting copper that promote firmness in the face.
Suggested Serving Size: About 2 cups a day
It’s been proven that those who munch on green and yellow veggies (like bell peppers) show fewer signs of aging around the eyes — such as sagging, crows feet, etc. It’s the high levels of vitamin C that promote added firmness, and also help to fight off free radicals that can sometimes attack a cell’s DNA.
Suggested Serving Size: 4 ounces a day
If you’re prone to acne, you need to stock up on kidney beans. Studies have linked low zinc levels to breakouts, and beans are packed with zinc. Adding them to your daily menu could mean no more surprise pimples.
Suggested Serving Size: 1 cup a day
This leafy green is loaded with vitamin C — a nutrient that helps to fight against pre-mature aging and free radicals in the skin. Kale also contains vitamin K, which reduces the appearance of dark circles underneath your eye.