Top 5 Best Foods for a Healthy Complexion

Sheetal Rawal, Founder, Apsara Skin CareLeft: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care

By: Alex Raffanti

Have you ever felt like giving up on your skin? “I have tried everything and nothing works.” Does that ring a bell? Your acne is still present, your pigmentation is still quite apparent, and your crow's feet are only getting worse by the day. You have tried every cream from $5-$200, every face mask, every serum, and yet, nothing, no results. Why are we so programmed to think: If something is wrong, then there must be a product that will fix it!? We are so quick to judge the products we use but never judge our choices.

Could it be that our choices are actually the reason for our unhealthy skin? Could it be that our loads of fast food and microwave dinners are the true source of our unhealthy complexion? Science and Apsara Skin Care say yes. Of course, there are some problems that could show up no matter how incredibly healthy and balanced your diet is, and that is when good quality and natural products come to the rescue, however, you cannot rely solely on skin care products to transform your skin. Here are some superfoods that help create a healthier complexion.

"I have been using Apsara for about 3 years now and I love it. I love it because my skin used to peel all the time and I think Apsara has calmed my skin down and made it beautiful."

Kiwi: We always assume orange juice is our main source of Vitamin C, but studies are showing that in the fruit world, kiwi is the leading source of Vitamin C. Unfortunately, our bodies do not produce Vitamin C on their own and as we age the storage of Vitamin C becomes much more difficult. Vitamin C is essential because it is required for the growth and repair of skin tissues. Kiwi is also high in Vitamin E which is extremely beneficial. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps fight against free-radical damage like overexposure to the sun, smog, cigarettes, and many more. The riper the kiwi the more benefits, so make sure your kiwi is not too hard and is a semi-dark green color.

Carrots: Carrots contain a high percentage of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is formed from Vitamin A during metabolism. It is known to fight against the effects of UV damage to the skin and some studies have shown that with a daily intake of beta-carotene, skin can protect itself from the sun equivalent to an SPF 4, roughly. Vitamin A has also been linked to soothing eczema. So whether you are in the sun all day, or have a slight case of eczema, you will benefit from a carrot or two!

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Watermelon: Watermelon contains

Watermelon for a healthy complexion

93% water (maybe that’s where they got the name from!) which is great to boost hydration. When you are dehydrated, so is your skin. One of the most essential parts of a skin care regime is drinking enough water. It is said that women should be drinking 91 ounces (2.7 liters) of water a day.  

Back to the benefits of watermelon, one reason for a sunburn is the dehydration of the skin, so before you go out and play in the sun for hours, eat a watermelon! Watermelon is also an excellent source of Vitamin A as well as C. These are great antioxidants and help fight off free radicals which are known to be a cause for premature aging.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are also a great source of Vitamin A, C, and K. These vitamins tend to be present in a lot of acne medications and are known to help calm acne. Tomatoes' high acidity levels also contribute to their ability to reduce the appearance of acne. Tomato juice is also known to lighten and brighten the skin naturally. The acidity in tomatoes helps balance pH levels, which makes it great for treating burned or irritated skin.

Almonds: Almonds are packed with nutrients that help your complexion glow. They are packed with several antioxidants (eg. phenols). Phenols are created in plants to ensure their safety in the intense UV rays of the sun. This is why this antioxidant is great for repairing sun damage and fighting free-radicals.

Almonds for a healthy complexion

Omega-3 fatty acids are also present in almonds. These fatty acids help regulate blood circulation, which means it can helpreduce inflammation. What is better, these awesome fatty acids, plump up and deeply nourish your skin. That means youthful skin that glows with health. So put down your $300 cream to reduce redness and aging and pick up some almonds!

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