The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ holds true when applied to your skin. The things you eat and drink have a very real affect on the health and appearance of your skin. Here’s what you should know:
Nutrients You Need
Vitamin C is good for your whole body, and that includes your skin. Vitamin C plays many roles in the body, in addition to boosting your immune system, vitamin c also works as an antioxidant to eliminate harmful free radicals from the body. Without antioxidants, free radicals cause serious damage do cells throughout the body and the skin. Vitamin C also helps your body to synthesize collagen, which is a protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy. Kiwis, strawberries, broccoli, oranges, bell peppers, and pineapples are all good sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin E also works as an antioxidant and helps protect your skin from sun damage. Get vitamin E from almonds, sunflower seeds, and dark leafy greens.
Beta-carotene is another antioxidant that helps eliminate free radicals and repair skin cells. Sweet potatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and squash are good sources of beta-carotene.
Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation and help to keep your cell membranes healthy. Healthy cell membranes are better able to retain moisture, which in turn helps your skin stay soft and supple. Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Things To Avoid
While some foods can improve your skin and help it stay healthy, other foods and beverages cause harm. Processed foods, foods with a high-glycemic index, sugary foods, and simple carbohydrates are all bad for your skin. High-glycemic foods cause inflammation, and sugar breaks down collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin keep your skin firm, supple, and flexible, so when they break down your skin becomes looser, and wrinkles and fine lines become more noticeable. Keep your skin healthy by avoiding processed foods, candy, soda, pastries, and other foods that are high in sugar. In general, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and drinking enough water every day will help your skin stay healthy. To learn more about taking care of your skin, schedule a consultation at Park Avenue Skin and Spa.