As much as we resist it, our skin naturally age. But being in Malaysia, our skin ageing may be hastened by overexposure to the sun, chemicals and poor nutrition (mamak food, anyone?).
Yet we want to have beautiful, flawless skin like the Koreans.
The good news is that each and every one of us, no matter our age or situation, can have beautiful skin.
Beauty starts with nourishment from within. It’s not what we put on our skin, but what we put in our bodies. We constantly shed our skin and having optimal level of nutrients are vital for replenishing our older skin cells with new ones. We can be using the best serums and moisturizers in the world. But if we’re not eating healthy, that skincare is not going to reach its full potential.
With that in mind, one of the best sources of foods that can provide the essential nutrients for our skin is nuts.
1. WALNUTS REDUCE INFLAMMATION
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids that reduce inflammation. Omega-3 also help retain electrolyte levels important to skin hydration by sealing moisture into our skin and protecting it from environmental toxins and aggressors like UVA/UVB rays. These aggressors can break down collagen and elastin that are essential to skin regeneration and elasticity. The copper in walnuts decreases wrinkles and boosts collagen production.
2. ALMONDS KEEP SKIN HEALTHY
Almonds contain Vitamin E, which keeps the blood vessels dilated in order to keep the skin hydrated, also forming a protective barrier in the cell membranes to keep it firm and elastic. Furthermore, vitamin E helps you avoid skin conditions such as acne, eczema and dark spots. It provides defense of UVA/UVB rays by blocking the chemical reactions that can lead to sun- damaged skin.
3. CASHEWS HYDRATE SKIN
The selenium and vitamin E in cashews hydrate our skin and reduce inflammation. Cashews also contain zinc which promotes immune function for healing and cell growth that can renew and replenish infected or damaged acne zones.
4. PISTACHIOS REDUCE ACNE
Pistachios or pistas can help reduce acne by introducing antioxidants that subsequently affect our blood sugar levels. Our blood sugar helps the cycle of androgen go through your system, reducing the chance of your body developing acne.
5. HAZELNUTS PREVENT AGING
Hazelnuts supply our bodies with vitamins E, A and C, all of which help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Another benefit of hazelnuts is that they give our body flavanoids alongside antioxidants, giving your skin a more rejuvenated look.
6. MACADAMIAS FOR GLOWING SKIN
Macadamias are full of vitamin E, which helps heal wounds, delay the signs of ageing and repairs connective tissues. They’re also a great source of vitamin B2, which aids in maintaining the collagen levels essential for glowing skin.
7. BRAZIL NUTS IMPROVE ELASTICITY
Brazil nuts contain lots of selenium, which not only improves skin elasticity but also fights off infections from pimples and relieves redness. The natural fatty acids and vitamin E present in these nuts also help increase skin hydration levels.
From almonds to walnuts, pistachios and cashews, all of them are packed with healthy nutrients like selenium, copper, zinc and vitamin E that aid in a radiant, elastic and blemish-free skin. Beautiful skin isn’t just a confidence-booster; it reflects our overall health and well-being. So invest in eating healthy; your skin will thank you for it.