If your skin has a dull complexion and you long for a more radiant “glow”, eating certain foods can help you. In this article we will list 4 foods that can help give you more radiant skin and why they are useful. But first, let's cover why skin may be dull in the first place.
Why The Dull Complexion ?
Skin appears dull for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, there is a build up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. We are talking about the face here as that is where most people are most conscious of the condition of the skin, but it's the same for all your skin.
A good analogy is if you imagine the dust that collects on a TV screen or a lamp shade in your home if you don't give it a dust every now and then, well it's the same for your skin. The dust that collects on your face is dead skin cells. This is why you are told to exfoliate your skin. It removes the dust so to speak but eating certain foods can help naturally exfoliate your skin.
The second reason skin appears dull is because new skin cells are not being produced as plentifully as they should be. New skin cells are naturally more radiant than old or dead cells and make your complexion look heaps better when they reach the surface.
The body's ability to create new skin cells diminishes as we age but could also be related to other factors, like stress, and, for the purposes of this article, the foods we eat. The truth is that you can improve the creation and turnover of skin cells be eating certain foods.
So now that we understand why you may have a dull complexion, what can be done about it ? What foods can help create a more radiant complexion ?
5 Foods For Radiant Skin
You may not have heard of Brewers yeast and it's certainly not a food that you can eat on it's own. It's more like a supplement in fact as it is a form of powder. You can even get Brewers yeast capsules. If you can't get the capsules, then you can simply sprinkle it over other foods, like breakfast cereals and muesli or add it to drinks. Top off a green smoothie
with some brewers yeast for instance.
Brewers yeast provides B-complex vitamins and chromium. It is believed that these nutrients help the mitochondria of cells utilize energy more efficiently. In terms of skin cells, this means cells will stay healthier longer but also increases the creation of new cells.
I seem to be eating more sweet potatoes than ordinary potatoes these days. One reason is that they taste great but more importantly they contain plenty of vitamin A and C.
Vitamin A is thought to stimulate the growth of new skin cells
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that will help neutralize free radicals that affect cells. In the case of skin cells, free radical damage could come from UVB radiation from sunlight. This often causes skin to go red and ultimately lead to things like sun spots (dull or blotchy marks on the skin). Getting daily Vitamin C may help reduce these conditions.
Sweet Potato is easy to prepare, just like ordinary potatoes – mash, fry, roast or boil. I also like to add them to soups with pumpkin and carrot.
Mushrooms are a rich source of B vitamins and selenium. See a pattern developing here ? B vitamins help cells create energy which keeps them healthy. It also helps the body to create new skin cells.
Selenium is an anti-oxidant which helps reduce free radical damage to skin cells. Thus surface layer skin cells will look healthier and more radiant.
Peppermint is another food that you can't really eat on it's own but it goes great as a flavor enhancer with other foods or in drinks. Peppermint is chocked full of vitamin A and C. Like the foods above, it helps the body to create new skin cells and also as an antioxidant.
Peppermint makes a great tea and is so simple to make. Get a fresh bunch of mint leaves and steep in some hot water. Let the leaves stand in the water for a few minutes and then drink. You can add a sweetener like honey or even sugar if you don't like the taste.
Again, Oysters are not the kind of food that you eat everyday but they can do wonders for your skin. They have plenty of vitamins in them, let's go through the alphabet – A, B, C and D vitamins are all found in the oyster. You will also get the mineral zinc.
Again, these nutrients aid cells as anti-oxidants or boost the energy production of them. Zinc in particular is a great help in neutralizing free radical damage from the sun.
Oysters are best server “au naturel” with a slice of lemon but if you don't like the taste and texture then oysters Kilpatrick is a tasty treat. Add Worcestershire sauce and bacon bits to the oyster in it's shell, then grill for a few minutes or until the oyster has absorbed the sauce and the bacon bits have cooked. Delicious !