Even though beauty products nowadays get more and more sophisticated, some of the best ways to get glowing skin and hair are still natural foods.
There is an increasing body of evidence that nutrients in certain foods will help with wrinkle reduction, radiance, and acne prevention. I will now show you the best ones so you can feel younger on the inside and look younger on the outside.
Olive oil is a great provider of monounsaturated fatty acids, which are some of the best dietary fats you can consume. They are also important for hormone production and ensuring a healthy hormone balance. A 2012 study with 1264 women showed that a consumption of at least 2 teaspoons of olive oil a day led to 31% fewer signs of aging when compared to people who consume less olive oil.
Olive oil also has anti-inflammatory effects. This is due to a compound called oleocanthal, which works similar to ibuprofen to stop the activity of inflammatory enzymes. Using olive oil in and on your body can, therefore, help reduce certain inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis and dandruff.
Green tea, which originally came from China to Europe has been used for centuries to treat all kinds of health conditions. It’s high in antioxidants, B vitamins, and of course caffeine.
Besides its health benefits, green tea has an impressive list of hair and skin benefits. To enhance your beauty, you can drink a few cups of green tea or even apply it to your skin and hair.
One example would be for hair growth. The antioxidants in it have properties that block DHT, which is one of the key factors in hair loss. After washing your hair you want to rinse it with freshly brewed green tea (which has cooled down of course). This should be done two to three times a week for a few months.
Kidney Beans are packed with zinc, and studies indicate a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels. In fact, any food high in zinc and also zinc supplements will likely help you with skin and hair conditions especially if you are zinc deficient or close to it.
That’s also why there are also quite a few topical lotions that contain zinc. A four-ounce serving of kidney beans will help you get a good dose of zinc, but if you take supplements don’t go over 40 – 50 mg per day as zinc can be toxic in higher doses.
Fish and fish oil
The fatty acids in fish and fish oil will hydrate your skin and help with inflammation. This is mostly due to its high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
Most of us aren’t getting enough omega-3 fatty acids and this can lead to hair color changes or loss and certain health problems.
That’s why most people should, therefore, consider eating more fish or, if you are concerned about the mercury in fish and want a more practical solution, fish oil capsules. If you’re vegan, try flaxseed oil or walnuts, which are also high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Dark chocolate filled with plant compounds that have antioxidant properties, that help hydrate skin and improve circulation.
The problem is that dark chocolate has quite a few calories so you want to stick to a 1-ounce portion, which translates to around 150 calories, to reap the good skin benefits without the weight gain.
Also, the chocolate should be at least 70% cocoa otherwise you will likely see no benefits.