5 foods that feed your skin
At Lovli HQ, we love food so jumped at the chance to explore what food can help improve the overall quality, health, and ageing of our skin.
Here are just 5 foods your skin will thank you for.Turmeric
Turmeric deserves a gold medal brighter than its golden hue. The spice, known as a key ingredient in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian dishes, does wonders for your skin. It’s been found to balance your skin’s natural flora, protect your skin cells against free radicals, and can even help treat some skin conditions. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties may help reduce acne, improve your immune system and even support proper brain function.Prebiotics
Studies have shown a healthier gut microbiota may lead to a healthier fatty acid profile in your skin. But what does this mean? Put simply, foods like garlic, leek, and asparagus act like a fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut which can lead to clearer, more moisturised and hydrated skin.Fatty fish
The omega-3 fatty acids sourced in fish like salmon, mackerel, and herring, help keep skin thick, supple, and moisturised. But the benefits don’t stop there, fatty fish can also:
- reduce inflammation - which can cause redness and acne
- make your skin less sensitive to the sun’s harmful UV rays
- regulate the production of new skin cells
The essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6 are so high in cold water fish, it retains your skin’s natural oil barrier. It’s even been found that an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency can cause dry skin.Sweet Potato
Growing up, my Nonno all but force fed me sweet potatoes, telling me how good they are for us. Unlike the times he also told me “Marlon Brando took the role in The Godfather because he was busy that day”, he wasn’t wrong about sweet potatoes. The vegetable is rich in:
- beta-carotene: helps keep your skin healthy by acting as a natural sunblock (this doesn’t replace your SPF!)
- vitamin A: fights discoloration and the early signs of ageing by supporting healthy skin renewal
- vitamin E: supports collagen in your skin
- antioxidants: fights inflammation-related skin damage
Avocados not only taste ah-maz-ing but are thankfully full of vitamins (including Vitamin E) and minerals that are essential for health, fibre, and rich in heart-healthy fats. A healthy skin membrane is supported by the high levels of monounsaturated fat and the high antioxidant content may assist in fighting the free radicals that damage and age your skin.
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