1. Turmeric – Researches show that this yellow spice may reduce the risk of certain skin diseases, and that the active compound in this spice presents strong antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties.
2. Green tea – green tea is a rich source of antioxidants and polyphenols that defend the skin from pollution and cell changes. Polyphenols also act as an anti inflammatory and protect the skin from the effects of UVB damage.
3. Blueberries – blueberries are a great source of vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production. The pigment in found in blueberries is a strong antioxidant that maintain the skin structure.
4. Tomatoes – tomatoes contain vitamin C and lycopene (in cooked tomatos) that protect the skin. They contain antioxidants that fight free radicals and help to keep the skin at its best. Other foods that contain lycopene are watermelon, pink grapefruit and strawberry guava.
5. Vitamin C rich foods – Vitamin C is important in promoting a healthy skin, and is a common ingredient in skin care products. Lack of vitamin C contributes to dry skin, reduced elasticity and easy bruising. It also makes it more difficult to heal the skin. Foods that are good sources of vitamine C are: kiwi, oranges, red and green capsicums (bell peppers), grapefruit, vegetable and tomato juice, strawberries, broccoli, pineapples, mango and cantaloupe melon.
6. Eggs – eggs contain lutein, which is an antioxidant that helps to maintain the skin positive appearance. Eggs also contain protein which builds the tissue and muscles under the skin that support the way it looks outward.
7. Oily fish – such as salmon, sardines and mackerel contain essential fatty acids, especially omega 3. Omega 3 has an anti inflammatory effect on the skin. Salmon also contains compounds that helps to preserve the skin elasticity.
8. Almonds – Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant that contributes to a healthy cell tissue and cell structure, including skin cells. Almonds are also an excellent source of biotin, which is the most important B vitamin to your skin, and maintains a healthy skin, hair and nails.
9. Avocados – Avocados are another great source of biotin and contain mono-unsaturated fats which are important for a healthy skin cells.
10. Beans – beans also contain biotin. Good sources of biotin are lentils, kidney beans, soybeans and peanuts.