Five Unexpected Foods That Can Reduce Skin Inflammation

The age-old mantra ‘you are what you eat’ has stood the tests of time for the simple reason that it’s true. And it’s prevalent nowhere more than your skin, particularly your face. Our diets have a huge impact on our lifestyles and food is a wonderful tool for treating endless ailments, one of those being inflammation.

Inflammation presents itself in a variety of forms on our skin ranging from acne, redness and rashes to more serious conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. To over simplify it, any time the skin changes colour to a red or purplish colour, its considered inflammation.  The causes are almost endless ranging from things like stress, lack of sleep and a poor diet to UV exposure, hormones and even pollution.

No matter how serious your form of inflammation is, packing extra nutrients into your diet can only be a good thing for overall health but there are certain foods that work to treat inflammation better than others.

Aloe

Aloe is commonly used in traditional Indian Ayurveda practices and is both used topically and eaten for amplified benefits. It’s a very soothing and hydrating ingredient that is great for rashes and sunburn as well as inflammation in your joints and it contains polysaccharides, which help your body absorb precious nutrients for a glowing complexion.

Walnuts

Walnuts have been a popular skincare ingredient for a long time however they’re far more beneficial internally than they are applied topically. Rich in Omega 3s, fatty acids and vitamin E, they have strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and are a healthy, satiating snack to add to your diet.

Sweet Potatoes

Loaded with vitamin A, the humble sweet potato is a powerful acne and inflammation fighter with the ability to reduce inflammation and kill acne causing bacteria in the skin. Vitamin A is also great at balancing oil production that can reduce inflammation that leads to acne and its low glycaemic index helps to avoid inflammation caused by hormonal imbalances.

Olive Oil

With high levels of both vitamins A and E, olive oil is a kitchen staple that has been used as a beauty hero for centuries. It’s high in anti-oxidants, is antiviral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and when applied topically it helps to fortify your skin’s protective lipid barrier.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a nutritional powerhouse that are packed with vitamin C, potassium and lycopene, an antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It’s powers lie in reducing internal inflammation and preventing it from rising and presenting itself on our skin.

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