Eating Your Way to Better Skin
A major part of your skin's health is not just what you're putting onto it, but what's going on behind the scenes as well - aka your diet. Now, I'm not advocating that you change your diet completely, and I'm certainly no doctor, these are just a few foods that are commonly recommended for their nutrients' benefit to skin and could help if you boost their presence in your regular meals.
- Water - This is not a food, and I know everyone and their mother has said this tip, but it truly makes such a big difference. Drink a ton of water. Do whatever you have to do to it - flavor it, put it in reusable bottles, just make sure you get the proper amount of hydration every day. I started really focusing on this about a year and a half ago and nothing was more gratifying than going in for a facial and the esthetician commenting on how well hydrated my skin was. "There's a difference," she said, "Between external and internal hydration, and you can see it." So, hydrate!
- Pomegranates - Pomegranates are high in antioxidants called polyphenols. Polyphenols help to fight free radicals in your system (aka harmful pollutants). They also help to regulate your blood flow, to help your skin look healthy and youthful.
- Green Tea - Another item that's high in antioxidants. One cup a day can help to fight redness and inflammation in the skin.
- Kidney Beans - Kidney beans are high in zinc! You may have seen zinc in anti-acne products, and that's because it's a wonder for fighting acne-causing bacteria. Increasing the level of zinc you consume can also help to decrease acne.
- Wild Salmon - High in omega-3s which helps to strengthen the barrier of your skin. This means that your skin is more protected from your environment and stays better hydrated. It also has antioxidants to help fight inflammation.
- Tomatoes - Tomatoes are high in lycopene, which is an antioxidant that has been proven to boost the skin's protection from UV damage. So, in addition to regularly wearing sunscreen, boost your tomato consumption to prevent photo-aging and hyper-pigmentation from the sun.
- Oranges - The vitamin C in oranges is essential for skin health as you age. Proper levels of vitamin C in your diet can help to prevent wrinkles and dry skin as you get older.
- Kale - I'll be honest, this one's not my favorite veggie in the world, so I tend to toss it in smoothies, but the vitamin A in kale promotes healthy skin cell turnover. What does that mean? Skin that ages better and breaks out less!
If you're interested in learning more about how what you eat affects your skin, I highly recommend the two books pictured above and below: "Eat. Nourish. Glow." by Amelia Freer and "Eat Pretty" by Jolene Hart.
Are there any foods you love for boosting your skin health? Let me know in the comments!