Acne, blackheads, moles may have been frequent cause for concern in your younger days. But, not so when you are in your 30s for that's when signs of aging start showing for a number of people. Increased pollution and lack of good skin care routine accelerate the appearance of wrinkles and inelastic skin.
This damage to your skin is caused by oxidation and you'll be glad to know that you can eat your way out of this problem. Besides applying sunscreen regularly, make sure you include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet to protect your skin cells from oxidation and help you look fresh and youthful. Most antioxidants are found in vegetables, nuts, fruits, seeds, and legumes. Let's take a closer look at what you must eat to look great.
Omega-3 fatty acids
In Picture: Soybean Salad
Omega-3 fatty acids protect the skin against sun damage. Munch on walnuts and flaxseed muffins when you want a snack and add a handful of boiled soybean to your salad every day. Salmon and sardines are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
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Vitamin E found in whole-grains, nuts and seeds, olive oil and spinach act as a shield against the sun`s radiation. Choose from natural food sources to ensure your skin stays smooth and nourished.
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In Picture: Vegetable and Herb Omlette
Firm skin is the benchmark of youthfulness. And, selenium is the mineral that can help the skin remain firm and elastic. Selenium is found in mushrooms, whole-wheat bread, eggs and chicken breast.
This tomato egg gravy can be eaten several times every month by slightly altering the spices used.
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In Picture: Mango lassi
Heard constant mention of the term collagen-loss in relation to the ungainly wrinkles around your eyes and lips? Well, fear no more for you can now lay your hands on the very foods that help your skin produce collagen. Bell peppers, mangoes, oranges, pineapple, tomatoes and strawberries are replete in Vitamin C. Eat these foods to your heart`s content and you`ll soon find your skin glowing and supple.
Capsicum masti can be served on sandwich bread or with roti/rice.
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In Picture: Carrot Salad
How often have you heard that beta-carotene is good for skin health? By converting into Vitamin A in our body, this antioxidant repairs body tissues and helps in formation of new cells. Chew on carrots when you are hungry and include pumpkin, cantaloupe and sweet potato in your diet to get your daily dose of beta-carotene.
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