Dark Chocolate - Dark Choc is a super food – Yay! Cacao hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple, Dr. Bank says. "And dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant," adds Nicholas Perricone, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that's at least 70 percent cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. "When applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness," says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles and the author of Feed Your Face.
Green Tea - "It's very high in antioxidants, particularly one named EGCG, which is proved to reduce redness," says Jeffrey Morrison, MD, nutrition consultant for Equinox Sports Clubs in New York City. "Studies have also demonstrated that green tea helps fight inflammation," Dr. Bank says. Sip at least one cup of green tea a day, and fight redness. I know myself I cant live without my Green Chai! I find it helps curb cravings for sweet foods and even coffee.
Oats - Steel-cut oatmeal is less processed than other varieties, so it retains more vitamins. "Plus, it takes longer to break down in your body, which helps keep your blood sugar stable," Dr. Wu says. "This is important because studies found that spiked blood sugar elevates your body's level of androgens, hormones that can contribute to wrinkles." Oats are also exceptionally skin healing. Perfect for adding into smoothies or a yummy snack bar with sunflower seeds and walnuts and honey too.
Fats – yep you heard that right. The good stuff…fish oils, coconut oil, linseed oil, even low amounts of full fat butter if you can have dairy…that will be helpful for adding in some highly moisturising properties for plumping out those skin cells. Omega 3’s are a chain reaction that is positively essential for good looking skin.
Pomegranate - I remember my nanna telling me why the English were called “Poms”. Its after this fruit because the English usually had rosy cheeks and fair complexion. I didn’t know what it was back then! Now I love them in a salad. They're packed with polyphenol antioxidants, Dr. Perricone says. Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin's blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick. When applied to skin, the fruits' antioxidants help smooth lines and moisturize, Dr. Bank says.
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