You are what you eat! The food you give your body has a huge impact on your complexion and the aging process. If you want to have healthy, young skin, start with your diet. Proper nutrition not only makes you feel and function better, but also can help your skin look vibrant and fresh. Here are some of the best foods for the skin:
Oatmeal: Unlike processed and sugary carbs, this whole grain promotes skin healing and keeps your blood sugar stable and insulin in check so your body doesn’t produce elevated amounts of androgen hormones which cause stress in the skin resulting in aging and acne. Steel-cut and whole grain oats are the best and try adding fruits, honey, or dark chocolate instead of processed sugar.
Yellow and Orange Peppers, Carrots, and Pumpkin: A diet with a consistent intake of these vegetables that contain carotenoids (antioxidants) can result in developing less wrinkles, a glowing complexion and protection against sun damage.
Dark Chocolate: Packed with antioxidants (flavanols) which hydrades and firms the skin for a youthful glow. A few ounces a day of at least 70% cocoa can be beneficial.
Sunflower Seeds: Have high levels of vitamin E and fatty acids, which hydrate the skin, protect it from the sun, and may help reduce acne in some people.
Yogurt: The vitamin A and protein can help improve firmness and resistance to wrinkles. A serving a day (about 1 cup) is appropriate. Non-fat/Low-fat Greek yogurt is recommended with low sugar content.
Blueberries and Pomegranates: Reduces aging of the skin as a result of being packed with more antioxidants (prevents cell damage) than other fruits. And berries are lower in sugar than other fruit, which is also better for the skin and your health.
Spinach and Kale: These dark leafy greens contain antioxidants that prevent free radical cell damage from the sun and restore akin cell damage. They are also filled with vitamins A and C that contributes to firm, youthful skin.
Salmon: Filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for healthy cell membranes and works as an anti-inflammatory that results in younger looking skin.
Almonds/Almond milk: Contain “good” fat and lots of vitamin E which contribute to healthy cell membranes that contribute to younger looking skin. Almond milk (unsweetened) is a great alternative to regular milk, which can cause inflammation and contribute to skin conditions.
Walnuts: Provide omega-3s and minerals like copper which boost collagen and elasticity in the skin.
Green Tea: With high levels of EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate antioxidants) which increase blood and oxygen flow to the skin green tea reduces redness and provides protection from the sun.
Water: Water not only hydrates your skin, but can also balance blood sugar. By drinking water instead of sodas, processed juices and sports drinks you avoid sugars that cause wrinkles and aging by damaging the skin’s collagen and elastin. If you’re not a fan of plain water try squeezing, dicing, or muddling a little fresh fruit to add to your water for a light flavoring.