Skin problems are on rise these days, thanks to increasing pollution and environmental problems. Now, just using a skin lightening face wash won’t do the trick for you. You need to work harder to achieve that glow. By working hard, we do not mean any strenuous activity, but what we mean is to include certain fruits and vegetables in your diet. You might already eat some of them or might not eat any, but that does not matter. It’s never too late to begin your healthy skin care routine.

Here is the list of 10 must-eat vegetables and fruits that are sure to lend you the glow on the skin that other expensive products could not:

Apples

‘An apple a day keeps a doctor away’ is not famous for no reason. Apples are a storehouse of plenty of necessary vitamins and minerals that not only help bring glow to the skin, but also keep one away from diseases. They are a richest source of malic acid, which is a gentler form of acid used in beauty treatments like salicyclic and glycolic acid. It promotes healthier, youthful and firmer skin without any damage to the skin layer or cells.

Bananas

They contain high levels of potassium along with skin healthy nutrients such as Vitamin A, B and E. Potassium helps hydrate the skin to make it look supple, fuller and youthful. And other vitamins help maintain the elasticity, prevent premature aging, rejuvenate and soften skin, moisturize dry skin and fade out blemishes.

Tomatoes

Lycopene is a compound present in abundance in tomatoes. This is a powerful antioxidant that fights skin aging by tackling the damage done by free radicals. Daily intake of tomatoes in a recommended amount can lead to a glowing skin. So, next time you visit the grocery store, do not forget to stock up on tomatoes.

Sweet Potatoes

If you like them, here is a reason to rejoice. They help prevent your skin from inviting wrinkles and age spots. This is because sweet potatoes are enriched with vitamin C and carotenoids that are known to enhance collagen production. Not just wrinkle fighters, but they can increase flexibility, strength and firmness of the skin too.

Spinach

Eating spinach is not just beneficial for skin health, but you should include it in your daily diet for so many reasons – the most important being its iron content. Vitamin B, K, A and folate, are some other essentials in it. They all have a role to play in the repair of the DNA, which may further help decrease the risk of skin cancer. Kale, turnip greens, asparagus, broccoli, and dandelion leaves too have the same minerals mentioned above. So, suit your likings and begin eating now.

Kiwi

Vitamin C is your skin’s best friend especially when you want to make it look healthy and radiant. Kiwis have more vitamin C than oranges and that is why it is a right thing to consider eating them every now and then. Vitamin C not only fights free radicals and makes skin look fresh and young, but also wards off cold and other infections by strengthening the immune system.

Amla

Along with Vitamin A, amla contains Vitamin C in abundance. It helps boost collagen production, which is necessary to keep skin supple and wrinkle free. When consumed on an empty stomach, amla puts a full stop to degeneration of collagen and assists the body in producing more. So, it can be said that this small fruit is of huge help when taken regularly and in the right way.

Papaya

You know papaya helps bring glow to the skin on application, but are you familiar with the fact that Vitamin A and Papain (a powerful antioxidant) in it help counter free radical damage so as to promote the generation of skin cells and heal damaged ones? So, the next time when you bring papaya home, not just apply it over your skin, but spare some for a healthy evening snack.

Strawberries

Alpha Hydroxyl Acid is an important acid, which is good for making skin beautiful. This acid is also known as salicyclic acid, which is commonly used in acne treating gels, lotions or creams. Along with that, ellagic acid (a powerful antioxidant) is also a part of strawberries that prevents collagen destruction and guards against SUV damage.

Chia Seeds

They are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids that fight blemishes, bring a glow to the skin and keep it hydrated and toned. There are plenty of ways to include chia seeds in your diet and you should do that because along with skin care, Omega 3’s are good for brain health management as well.

When you are feeding the right things to the body along with using good skin care products, it becomes a lot easier to obtain desired outcomes.