Eat Right for Healthy Skin

dark chocolate

If you’re anything like me, you probably worry about your skin. For me, it’s my physical feature that I’m the least confident about, so I want to do everything I can to protect it and keep it healthy. Ironically, some of the things that we can do to keep our skin looking good can actually damage them in the long term.

The best example of this is tanning, which can cause skin cancer. Also, some skin lighteners contain hydroquinone, which can be dangerous. As my friend Amy says on her skin lightening tips page, you should always choose a lightening cream that doesn’t have hydroquinone. (Learn how to lighten skin over at Amy’s site – she works really hard on it.)

But it’s not enough to just avoid dangerous activities to keep our skin healthy. We need to be proactive. Certain foods can help you keep your skin healthy, so it’s important to include them in your diet. What foods are the best for your skin?

1. Dark chocolate – Surprise! Chocolate has long had a bad reputation as causing acne, which has no scientific basis whatsoever. Dark chocolate is actually great for your skin, because it contains flavonols and antioxidants that slow aging, and the cocoa helps keep your skin hydrated. Eat it in moderation though. If you’re a chocolate lover like me, it’s easy to go overboard.

2. Soy or edamame – According to Fitness Magazine, soy is rich in protein and contains minerals that help reduce hyperpigmentation in your skin. So if you want to get an even skin tone, edamame is a great snack. Avoid soy sauce though; it has lots of salt and other unhealthy ingredients that more than cancel out any health benefits from the soy itself.

3. Tomatoes – Tomatoes are another antioxidant-rich food. They contain lycopene, which can help protect you from sunburn by increasing your skin’s natural SPF. It’s definitely not a replacement for a good sunscreen, but it can help improve its effectiveness. Plus, tomatoes are one of the most potassium-rich foods, containing more than twice as much potassium as bananas!

These are my three favorite foods for healthy skin. Keep in mind that I’m not a doctor, so don’t use this as medical advice. These are just foods that I enjoy which also seem to have some great health benefits. I hope that this helps you. What foods do you think are the best for your skin?