Eat These 5 Foods for Radiant Skin and Hair


You are what you eat. That’s so true. Consuming too many junk and prepackaged foods will not only result in weight gain but also a lifeless complexion and hair.

There are plenty of cosmetics that claim themselves as skin food, but the truth is that the key to maintaining a healthy complexion doesn't come from a bottle. Glowing skin and glossy hair can be yours without having to spend a fortune on potions and pills. All you have to do is eat the right foods your body needs to look its best.

Below delicious five foods will make your skin and hair glow from the inside out:

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the superheroes for your skin. Lycopene (the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red) helps boosts collagen strength -- a protein that gives skin its taut, youthful structure -- and fights off the oxidizing effect of UV rays by eliminating skin-aging free radicals. To activate the lycopene benefits of your tomatoes, it’s important to cook them a little.

Pomegranates

This delicious fruit is packed with powerful antioxidants -- makes it a natural anti-ageing agent. The high vitamin content and abundance of tannins in pomegranates promote smooth skin that is free of fine lines. Enjoy pomegranates juice or smoothie to keep your skin healthy.

Avocados

Again? Yes. We all know that avocados are loaded with myriad health benefits, and one of them is that it can do wonders for your skin. The fruit is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which have been proven to hydrate and shield the skin by lowering the risk of premature aging caused by ultraviolet radiation.

Avocadoes' potent source of fats also helps you absorb many of the fat-soluble vitamins that also help protect your skin from sun damage. So, don’t be afraid of fats.

Eggs

Scrambled or boiled, eggs seem to be everyone’s favorite food for their health benefits. Here’s another reason to add why you should eat the whole egg; the yolk is rich in vitamins that are essential for proper cell function, as well as contain biotin, the "beauty vitamin."

This B vitamin is more commonly known to help hair grow and strengthen fingernails, but research has shown it also helps protect skin from acne, rashes, and even dryness. Eggs also contain sulfur, which is really useful and is required to produce collagen and keratin to help create and maintain shiny hair and glowing skin.

Fatty Fish

Hooray for healthy fats! This time is coming from the fish. Eating fish that contains high Omega-3 fatty acid levels will keep your skin glowing and shining. And for the hair? Well, three percent our hair is made up of Omega-3 fatty acids. Try out some varieties of fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and anchovies to keep your skin and hair happy. This must be good news for you fish eater.

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