It’s no secret that we want to look our best by having clear, beautiful skin. So, we invest much of our time and money into beauty products. In our youth, we use products to help us maintain our appearance. But, as we get older, our skin changes in many ways. . .becomes tougher and thing, loses elasticity, easily shows signs of visible sun- damage, etc. As a result, we turn to what we believe to be more effective youth preserving products. Some of us go further and undergo cosmetic procedures. But, did you ever stop and think that we may be focussing on the wrong thing? What if I told you that your diet has a greater impact (than beauty products) on your skin’s health? After all, they say “You are what you eat”.
It’s been proven that consumed nutrients impact your body’s ability to properly function. Blood flow, hydration, healing and cell turnover all greatly influence your skin’s appearance because these functions determine whether or not you have dry skin, hyper pigmentation, dark circles (under your eyes), pimples or uneven skin tone. So, you can use all the top serums, creams, and masks in the world to help improve your skin’s appearance. But, a poor diet can undo all of your efforts and greatly promote problem skin.
So, along with the use of quality body care products and a consistent skin care routine, you should also take care of your body from the inside-out by maintaining a proper diet. Some skin friendly foods to consider incorporating into your diet include:
- Yellow/Orange Fruits & Veggies- Provides antioxidants to aid with damage & inflammation.
- Leafy Green Veggies- Rich in Vitamins A, C, E, and K. Contains high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
- Tomatoes- Contain all four carotenoids; alpha-and-beta carotene, lutein, and lycopene.
- Berries- Contain antioxidants, resveratrol, and flavonoids (which may help with inflammation).
- Beans, Peas, and Lentils- Black beans have antioxidants, which can help combat free radical damage.
- Salmon/Fish- Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which nourishes the skin with fat-soluble vitamins.
There are also some foods we should limit and avoid that might be associated with skin damage that include:
- Processed Foods- Contain various additives, which are linked to many health risks.
- Sugary Sweets- Spikes insulin production; linked to acne in some cases.
- Carbohydrates- Low-Carb diets have been thought to prevent several health conditions. High-Carb diets are linked to weight gain.
- Dairy (Modified)- Contains components related to hormone testosterone that could stimulate oil glands, which can cause acne.
When it comes to our skin itself, it is our largest and fastest-growing organ. The job of our skin is very important as it works to protect us from infections and germs. That is a pretty serious job for one organ to do, right? Our skin has a lot of daily responsibility. So, we must help it out by feeding it the key nutrients it needs to do its job.
Aging Skin- https://www.webmd.com/beauty/cosmetic-procedures-aging-skin#1
Fastest-Growing Organ- https://www.aad.org/public/kids/skin
Skin Importance – https://www.webmd.com/beauty/cosmetic-procedures-overview-skin#1
Skin Food- https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/healthy-skin/faq-20058184
Skin Damaging Foods- https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/healthy-skin/faq-20058184
Skin/Food health- https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/worst-foods-for-your-skin#2
Leafy Greens- https://www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/gfnd/gfhnrc/docs/news-2013/dark-green-leafy-vegetables/
Black Beans- https://draxe.com/black-beans-nutrition/
Processed foods- https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about-seven-common-food-additives#6