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Healthy and youthful skin depends on staying hydrated, using moisturiser and other anti ageing facial products. But another important factor in maintaining clear and healthy skin is what you eat. Murad Skincare products can result in noticeable improvements, most especially when used in conjunction withMurad’s conception of inclusive health, which involves the foods you eat too.
It is well know that certain foods have special benefits and can really help your skin, but it can get complicated remembering what is best to eat. So here are 5 of the best foods for good skin.
Goji berries look like little red raisins and come from the Ningxia Hui region of Northern China, Many people there eat them daily and the inhabitants enjoy great longevity as a result.
The berries contain all kinds of goodies which can help your skin, including; Manganese, which promotes healthy skin, bone and cartilage. Zinc which promotes wound healing and is also good for the sex drive and immune system. Copper which is good for the skin and balanced hormones.
Goji berries also contain fatty acids, which are known to stimulate collagen production helping your skin to retain moisture so that it looks younger and firmer.
This fruit is important in Jewish and Christian symbolism and is also great for your skin. Pomegranates contain anthocyanins and hydrolysable tannins, both of which have strong antioxidant properties and can even prevent tumors. It is thought that eating pomegranates or drinking pomegranate juice can therefore help to prevent skin cancer.
3. COCONUT OIL
Like pomegranates, coconut oil contains antioxidants as well as Vitamin E which can help to heal and repair damaged skin. It also contains medium-chain fatty acids which are easily absorbed and can strengthen connective tissue and help with exfoliation.
Coconut oil also stimulates thyroid function and helps cholesterol to be converted into anti-aging steroids that lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. All these benefits come from eating coconut oil but it is also good to rub it on your skin and can be used to treat psoriasis, eczema and even wrinkles.
Brazil nuts contain selenium which is a powerful antioxidant. It is essential for the immune system and helps the skin too. Studies have shown that a selenium-rich diet can help to protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots.
Brazil nuts are a great snack for boosting selenium and you can get your recommended daily amount (RDA) from just four nuts. If you don’t like brazil nuts, then try one of the many other foods with selenium including: fish, shellfish, eggs, wheatgerm, tomatoes and broccoli.
5. OILY FISH
Some kinds of fish are really good for you. While white fish like cod only contain healthy oils in their livers, other fishes have monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in their flesh. The best kind of oily fish are usually small ones like sardines, herring and anchovies but there are also Omega 6 fatty acids in larger fish such as freshwater eel, mackerel and salmon.
Essential fatty acids act as a natural moisturiser for your skin; keeping it supple, firm and looking younger. If you cannot stomach the taste of oily fish, then you could try fish oil supplement pills instead or even try eating more avocado which contains similar fatty acids.