These superfoods are rich in minerals, vitamin C, resveratol and carotenoids to internally protect the skin from free radical and sun damage. The unique profile of antioxidants in pomegranate and cranberries, including gallic and ellagic acid help ward off skin cancer, the visible effects of photoaging and even relieve sunburn symptoms. The oil derived from pomegranate seeds is highly beneficial for topical use with its naturally occurring SPF 15 level. These unique fruits are in season fall and winter, so you don't need to wait until spring to find them fresh!
Used externally it can relieve sun burned or frost bitten skin with its anti inflammatory and anti microbial qualities. Aloe gel is soothing to skin and helps regenerate new skin cells when used topically. Adding food grade aloe or the gel from an aloe leaf (caution if you have a latex allergy - avoid the flesh and only consume the gel within the leaf) to your diet is soothing to the intestines and helpful with eczema and rosacea symptoms. Keep an aloe plant in your bathroom for easy access.
4. Fresh Herbs
Rich in chlorophyll, vitamin A, C, K: parsley, cilantro, basil, mint, thyme, oregano, and other herbs are packed with polyphenols which help to cleanse the blood, kidneys and liver. These polyphenols also fight free radicals from environmental exposure and poor food choices. Add these fresh herbs to salads, green juices, water and most meals. A home grown herb garden is a simple and fun addition to your kitchen windowsill!
5. Dark Chocolate
Yes, you read that right! Rich in antioxidants, good quality (70%+ cacao) dark chocolate can help your skin retain moistur
e and internally protect the skin from sun damage
with polyphenols like flavanol. Keep your intake to 1 ounce per day.. my favorite brand? Lilly’s Salted dark chocolate bar
is made with stevia instead of sugar.