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The Best Foods For Your Skin!

Skincare doesn’t just involve what you put on your skin. While topically applied products definitely help improve your skins texture, clarity and blemishes, eating certain foods can also have a large effect.

Not only does eating healthy offer overall benefits to your body, it is also essential to healthy skin. What you put in your body will translate out from your skin. That means, eating a heavy diet of refined sugars, processed foods, and heavy alcohol consumption will lead to less than thrilling skin.

Eating healthy can also have profound effects on acne and aging. It has been proven that foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants have long lasting results. Eating a regular diet with these helps ease the sings of aging, improves elasticity, and keeps your skin clearer.

 

Here are some of the things you should look for to help give you your best skin from within!

 

  1. Vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to be involved in the production of collagen and protects cells from damage caused by free radicals. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables such as bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, mangos, oranges, pineapple, snow peas, strawberries, tomatoes, and watermelon will help.
  2. Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps protect cell membranes and guards your skin against damage from the sun’s UV radiation. It is important to get Vitamin E from your diet and not as a supplement to get the most benefits of it. Foods like wheat germs, fortified whole-grain cereals, nuts and seeds, olive oil, Swiss chard, and spinach all contain Vitamin E.
  3. Beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that is critical for skin health. It is converted to vitamin A in the body and is involved in the growth and repair of body tissues. You can get it from foods such as apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, red bell peppers, mangoes, pumpkin, and sweet potato.
  4. Selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant mineral that helps protect the skin from sun damage; it also helps the skin maintain firmness and elasticity. If obtained from food, it has also been shown to reduce sun damage. The best food sources for selenium are Brazil nuts (only about 1-2 per day), tuna, crab, oysters, whole-wheat pasta, lean beef, shrimp, whole-wheat bread, turkey, wheat germ, chicken breast, mushrooms, and eggs.
  5. Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Although not actually classified as antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes so that they are effective barriers- allowing water and nutrients in, and keeping toxins out. These healthy fats also reduce inflammation throughout the body. Foods with omega-3 fats are wild salmon, herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, flaxseed, walnuts, and soybeans.

 

We hope you enjoy eating your way to the healthiest skin you can have. The foods also provide great benefits for the rest of your body as well as your face- enjoy!

 

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