"The first impression is the best impression", they say. When someone looks at you the first thing they notice, apart from your clothing, is your body, or simply put, your skin. We've all been in that situation when we've looked at somebody and we go, "Damn! I wish I had skin like that.". Relax, and be assured, someday somewhere, they'll look at somebody else and say the same!
Whoever said that true beauty lies on the inside, clearly wasn't joking either! Whatever the condition of your "inside", health-wise that is, will reflect upon your skin.

In our feeble attempts to get the healthy skin of our dreams, with an onslaught of expensive skin treatments and spa visits, we forget that as long as the inside doesn't change, it's only a matter of time till history repeats.
The path to healthy and gorgeous skin simply happens to be a combination of a calm mind, a relaxed body, a healthy diet, and a little bit of determination on our part. In this article, we'll explore some of the world's best food that have been tested and proved to make skin healthy, permanently.

Food rich in Antioxidants

You've probably heard the term anti-oxidants if you pay attention to skincare product commercials, and unless you paid attention in your science class, you may not have a clue about what in God's name is going on with it. Well, antioxidants are the vitamins and minerals that are required to stop the oxidizing of the skin and keep it healthy. Therefore the importance of antioxidants for a healthy skin cannot be neglected. Some major league anti-oxidants are:

  • Vitamin A – The derivatives of which are called "retinoids" and "carotenoids" are highly beneficial to the skin, and to the body as a whole. There are countless research papers on the qualities of these with scientific back-up. They have been proven to make the skin appear younger by reduction of dark spots, reducing wrinkles and helping in the and overall smoothening of the skin.
    The main natural food sources containing vitamin A are: Sweet potato, Carrots, spinach, kale, pumpkin, butternut squash, mangoes, swish chard cantaloupe, greens, kale, and tomato-vegetable juice.
  • Vitamin E – The constant generation of free oxygen radicals in the skin, frequent exposure to ultra-violet radiation and several other external sources create a constant oxidizing stress. You don't need to be a dermatologist to realize that it doesn't sound good, right? This can cause several skin conditions which are as unpleasant as their names sound. Vitamin E is the major naturally occurring anti-oxidant that prevents them. Besides, it does a fantastic job as a skin conditioner.
    Vitamin E is naturally found in sunflower seeds, almonds, papaya, vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, Swiss chard and asparagus.
  • Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids - Skin friendly essential fats Not all fat is bad. In fact, these fatty acids are named "essential" because, they are important and are not generated by the body. If you need it, you'll have to get it. They can be obtained from fish, as well as plant sources. These fatty acids have been said to reduce acne and inflammations, cure dryness and flakiness, and have an overall smoothening effect.
    Common examples of fish rich in Omega 3 oil are bluefish, herring, mackerel, salmon, and sturgeon.
    Top food sources of monounsaturated fats including olive oil, canola oil, walnuts, flax seeds almond oil, hazelnut oil, avocados, olives, almonds, and hazelnuts are also helpful.
  • Whole food - Being the completely natural food, that it is in the sense that they are unprocessed and unrefined (or as little as possible) before they are consumed, they contain natural nutrients in their most unblemished form and are highly beneficial. They can make the skin look clearer, smoother and younger than before. Biotin (vitamin B) present in wheat germ increases the body's ability to process fat. Without it, the skin would become dry and flaky.
    Beneficial types of whole foods include unpolished grains, buckwheat, beans, fruits and vegetables

Food to cure acne

Have you been terrorized by acne since time you can remember? Tried every other remedy that whizzed past your ears, but with no success, right? The situation is pretty much the same with all who are burdened by this seemingly insurmountable predicament. But there seems to be hope just around the corner. If you've ever consulted a dermatologist for acne, chances are you've run into several references to zinc. The metal is responsible for controlling the oil production and even hormonal instabilities that are the breeding ground for acne. Further, it also increases the firmness of the skin, thus decreasing wrinkles and signs of ageing.
Richest sources of zinc are oysters, red meat, eggs, mushrooms, whole-grain foods and nuts.

Facts about water and skin care

You may have noticed that we have not mentioned water yet, which may come as a surprise to regular followers of health magazines and websites. We take this opportunity to let them, who are not in on the news, know that the 8 glasses of water a day statement has been debunked. How? When? What in God's name is going on? Don't worry, our reaction was worse!

According to studies by the British Nutrition Foundation, there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the claim that drinking excess water does any good to the skin. Water is required to avoid dehydration and it helps avoid dryness on the skin, and that's about it. Out of the 1.2 L of water required for a person on a daily basis, a good quantity is obtained from the food we eat. Drinking to account for the rest would suffice, and then some more if you're thirsty, unless of course if you enjoy trips to take a wee.

Although the realm of healthy diet is as vast as the number of nutritional food available in nature, we have tried to bring a small portion of it to your attention. We hope that you found these tips useful. If you can make healthy diet a habit, the effects are guaranteed to stay. Natural is the way to go!