5 reasons Nigerians have healthy skin

For smoother, better-hydrated skin, apply avocado mask once or twice a week, and eat vitamin C–rich foods daily

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Did you know that top complexion cures come from the most natural quarters, the aisles of your grocery shop?

Certain foods have powerhouse ingredients to your keep skin supple and smooth and help fight age-related damage.

Wondering what to eat and what to smooth on? These skin-saving foods help both ways.

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Carrots are good for the eyes and good for clearing up breakouts. It contains plenty of beta-carotene and vitamin A, an antioxidant which prevents overproduction of cells in the skin's outer layer.

That means fewer flaky dead cells that otherwise could combine with sebum to clog your pores. Plus, vitamin A plays an essential role in reducing the development of skin-cancer cells. It's a win-win.

Turmeric isn't just a game-changer when it comes to protecting your skin. This Indian spice contains active antioxidant, curcumin, which is the most effective anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting options out there.

It lightens dark pigmentation blotches or scars caused by aging, hormone imbalance, or sun exposure by inhibiting an enzyme in the skin that produces pigment.

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Besides being one of the most potent sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3s, salmon strengthens cell membranes guards against their deterioration that causes premature aging.

Vitamin C is essential to the formation and growth of skin and muscle tissue as well as to building collagen - the protein which provides strength and structure to your skin, bones, muscles, and tendons.

But instead of grabbing an orange to get your dose, much on some vitamin C-rich yellow bell peppers instead.

A nutrient-dense whole foods diet won't just help you lose weight - it'll also brighten up your skin. That's because introducing high fiber foods like oats will feed your inflammation-reducing gut bacteria, minimize spikes in blood sugar that can contribute to skin problems, and strengthen and firm up your body tissues.

That last benefit is because of oats' high source of silicon, a trace mineral that also helps skin retain elasticity, slowing the signs of aging.


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