Pizza is good for you. It is good for your soul, your happiness and your overall well being. But can pizza be good for your looks, too? While pizza itself might not get you perfect-looking skin and shiny hair, its ingredients might. With ingredients such as extra-virgin olive oil, tomato sauce, and veggies, your favorite pizza slice might be packed with ingredients rich antioxidants that can help you look your best and have good skin.
Olive oil is an excellent source of healthy fatty acids, which are linked with lower abdominal fat, and we’re all for that. Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties similar to those found in ibuprofen. With high levels of vitamin E and K, not to mention its high content of antioxidants, olive oil is the fat we all want in our meals. Who knew oil could be good for you?
The saucy tomato layer of your pizza is good for you since it is packed with no less than tons and tons of lycopene. It turns out, heated tomatoes have a higher concentrations of lycopene, which is known to help diminish signs of aging, defend your skin from sun damage, and keep your skin looking fresh and young.
Tomatoes are also high in salicylic acid, which is one of the most potent acne killers. And last but not least, thanks to their high content of vitamin C, tomatoes can also help uneven skin tone, boost collagen production and fight cellular damage.
But, tomatoes go past your skin. They are rich in nutrients that help you maintain healthy hair, strengthening your hair strands and promoting hair growth. Tomatoes also balance your scalp’s pH levels, which help bring natural shine and prevent dull hair. You don’t need to slather tomatoes all over your face, stick to the pizza sauce for now.
Although cheese can have a bad reputation when it comes to your looks, your cheesy mozzarella cheese might be the exception. Packed with probiotics, mozzarella cheese can be a great source of vitamin B12 and calcium, both essential for great looks. Also, mozzarella is packed with proteins which are extremely important for your health. Say cheese to mozzarella!
It turns out basil is more than the finishing touch for the pizza sauce and way more than an herb you sprinkle over your pizza as décor. Basil has countless anti-aging benefits that detox your skin, fight acne, and rejuvenates your skin from within. Either in face mask form, sprinkled over your cheese pizza, or blended with your pizza sauce, basil can help tighten your pores, and even treat eczema. Can we order a basil pizza please? – If that’s even a thing.
Of course, vegetables are on this list. We all know they are good for our health, hair, and skin. However, when was the last time you craved a salad? Odds are you want more pizza than salads, and luckily for you, you can order a veggie pizza or load your pizza with veggies toppings. For example, green peppers contain vitamin A, which is known for its free-radical fighting abilities. Green peppers can also help cure blemishes, acne, and other skin infections.
One more veggie that packs all the skincare benefits we need is jalapenos. All those states that name jalapeno their favorite topping might be onto something after all. Well, it’s packed with vitamin C, A, and capsaicin, which actually helps you lose weight. Yes, you read that right, a pizza topping that can help you lose weight. Jalapeno peppers can keep your skin looking fresh, plumped, and safeguard it from sun damage, all in one. Bring on the spice!
Who knew pizza ingredients could be so good for your looks? We don’t know about you, but we are ordering some pizzas from Hungry Howie’s® right now to start working on our pizza skin care regimen.