When it comes to foods that give you clear, glowing skin, we’ve already covered the basics and told you which ones to put on your face. However, being the intrepid skin obsessors we are, we dug a little deeper and discovered some not-as-commonly-known foods that do everything from soothe redness to boost collagen (hint: one of them may or may not be a delectable sweet treat).
Click through the slideshow above to see the nine surprising foods that will give you better skin!
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Mona Gohara, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, says your favorite curry may actually protect you against skin cancer. How? Turmeric, the spice that gives yellow curry its vibrant color, is made of curcurmin, a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to inhibit the growth of melanoma.
A study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that one serving of coffee held more antioxidants than a serving of mixed fruit that included oranges and bananas. Another study found that caffeinated green and black teas prevented sun damage and repaired damage on mice, while decaffeinated teas did not. Maybe it’s time to rethink your coffee embargo?
Dermatologist Dr. Gervaise Gerstner recommends reaching for a bar of dark chocolate when your sweet tooth kicks into gear. Dark chocolate is full of flavanoids, an antioxidant that helps your skin protect itself from UV damage. Plus, in one study, German researchers found that flavanoids in dark chocolate were shown to improve skin hydration and increase blood flow to the skin!
“Chia seeds are a complete protein, [meaning] it contains ALL of the essential amino acids,” Gerstner says. Amino acids derived from chia seeds, flaxseeds, and nuts help build collagen from the inside out.
These slurp-able mollusks are an amazing source of zinc, which helps create collagen. Plus, they’re a great source of vitamin A and selenium, another skin-boosting mineral.
Garlic is full of allicin, a chemical that reacts with your body to fight off many harmful bacteria and viruses—including ones that may cause an acne flare-up or skin infection.
Alexis Wolfer, founder of The Beauty Bean and author of The Recipe for Radiance, suggests an unlikely source when your skin needs to detox: cabbage. “It’s packed with indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant that supports liver detoxification,” she says. “The more toxin-free your liver, the less breakouts you’ll get!”
Wolfer says buckwheat is high in monosaturated fatty acids and rutin, both of which help to keep your skin elastic and supple.
This anti-inflammatory root will help keep redness and irritation at bay, according to Wolfer. In other words, it’s perfect for soothing acne-prone skin and anyone with rosacea.
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