A few days ago I met with a good friend of mine. And, obviously, we talked a lot about everything: from holiday plans to the latest flirt, from work stuff to the new shade of lipstick. The lipstick story was mine – something between pink and purple, hard to describe in words, but that looks fabulous on the lips. And, while we were talking about cosmetics, she asked me what face cream am I using now. I told her and realized that we were talking about skin care while feverishly nibbling some fries. Well, we are always concerned about the latest innovations in skin care. And, yes, I know that it is easier to apply a face cream than to be careful about what you eat. But, to be completely fair: beauty really comes also from the inside. The suitable skin care products provide infinitely better results if you have a balanced diet. And that means to eat…
Red vegetables and greens
The beta-carotene (in charge of the red color of the vegetables) is converted in the body into vitamin A, which regulates cell production. Specifically, it refers to the regeneration of these cells, a process which is responsible for an even and clear complexion. Furthermore, beta-carotene helps restore the skin after excessive sun exposure. Even if they aren’t red, the kale or spinach leaves contain a significant concentration of beta-carotene.
Strawberries, citrus, red peppers and broccoli
Yes, because they all contain a high concentration of vitamin C. And vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, in preventing and fighting wrinkles. The more vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C you consume, the more likely your skin will stay younger and will have an even texture.
Almonds and sunflower seeds
It’s true that we stay away from them because they are fattening, but, on the other hand, you shouldn’t gobble a huge amount. For your skin’s beauty, two teaspoons of sunflower seeds or 20 almonds per day are plenty – just perfect instead of a snack. They are rich in vitamin E and protect the skin from the harmful free radicals.
Meat and oysters
Having oysters is really a delight, isn’t it? The good news is that they are also very rich in zinc. Basically, two or three oysters per day (if you can stop at just three!) are enough to meet the demand of zinc of your body. Zinc, however, can also be found in chicken or beef. It helps the production of new cells, which means a luminous and young complexion.
It’s the most important for your organism and is essential for hydration. No matter what wonder-cream you’re using, it won’t do much good unless you drink enough water. The rule of eight glasses a day remains valid.
A glass of red wine
I said a glass, no more, because alcohol dehydrates. Yet a glass of red wine has benefits. Well, firstly, it makes you unwind after a hard day at the office, not to mention the content of antioxidants, which protect the skin against free radicals and also prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Cheers!