About foods you can eat for better skin
There are a number of factors that can hinder the skin from looking bright, beautiful and toned. For example, cigarette smoke dries the skin and inhibits collagen production, and harmful UV rays from the sun damage your skin leaving it aged, dry, and sagging. So, slather on some sunscreen, put on a hat, and put out your cigarette if you want to look young and beautiful.
Of course, staying out of the sun and not smoking are not enough to keep you young forever. Sadly, nothing can truly do that. However, you might be surprised just how important a healthy diet is to your skincare regimen. In addition to staying hydrated and avoiding skin damage, if you eat these foods regularly, you will be amazed at how great you look and feel.
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Zinc
Your favorite fish dish – be it sushi, baked salmon, tuna, swordfish, or some other variant – is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. Omega-3 fatty acids help your skin retain moisture. It also helps ward off dry skin which can look aged and dull. Omega-3s help you keep your cheeks dewy and plump.
Other types of seafood are also full of zinc, which is a key ingredient in a lot of anti-acne medications. Not only can a good helping of fish keep your skin moisturised, but it can also keep your pores clean, too!
If you are a vegetarian, or you really just cannot find any seafood that you like, there is hope for you, too. You can get omega-3 in cauliflower, chia seeds, hummus, and brussel sprouts, along with other vegetables and legumes. For zinc, you can turn to beans, tofu, nuts and legumes.
2. Citrus and Berries
Did you know that vitamin C aids in the production of collagen? That’s right, when you eat oranges, grapefruit, blueberries, and other fruits high in vitamin C you are doing your skin a real favour. Loading up on this miracle vitamin helps produce the chemicals that repair damaged skin cells and/or replace them with young, healthy skin cells when they die.
There is a bonus here, too. Not only are these fruits delicious and packed with vitamin C, but they are also loaded with antioxidants, which help your skin in the fight against airborne toxins and free radicals.
3. Colourful Vegetables
Dark, leafy greens are full of iron and vitamin A. You already know that your doctor wants you eating more of these, and your skin will thank you, too. However, did you know that you should be seeking out more red and reddish-orange vegetables, too?
Sweet potatoes, carrots, red capsicum, and other red and orange vegetables are all rich in beta-carotene. This agent is converted into vitamin A in the body and is a powerful antioxidant that works wonders against the aging process. Anywhere you can find more beta-carotene and vitamin A, load your plate up; your skin will thank you.
4. Whole Grains
You already know that you should be eating whole grains instead of processed, bleached flour for your health, but they are not just good for getting nutrients into your system and keeping your weight down. They are also great for keeping your skin looking younger.
Buckwheat contains the antioxidant Rutin, and wheat germ contains the B-Vitamin biotin. These are both strong agents in fighting against toxins and free radicals in the air. They are great for keeping your skin clear and acne-free without any medications or scrubbing your face until it’s raw.
If you incorporate these foods into your diet, stay hydrated, and avoid processed junk food, you’ll notice a huge difference in how you both look and feel. They’re great for your waistline, your energy level, and your young, beautiful skin!
For more information about the foods you should eat for better skin, make an appointment to see our dietitian and skincare specialists. Contact us today!