Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. And one of the major factors that determine your health is your diet. Poor diet is a huge cause of breakouts and signs of premature aging. Of course there are other factors, such as genetics, sun damage and lack of sleep but your diet can either help counteract these effects or contribute to them. There are many foods out there that are good for you and that can have a positive effect on your health and therefore your skin, but I will focus on some foods that are proven to be high in the nutrients your skin needs to stay clear, radiant and young looking.
Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat which your skin needs to remain youthful. They are also high in B vitamins, a natural anti-inflammatory.
Almonds are packed with the antioxidant vitamin E, omega 6 and omega 9 nine fatty acids making them a powerhouse of skin loving nutrients that aid in collagen production, improve skin elasticity and protect from UV rays.
Strawberries are high in fiber and vitamin C. In fact, they are higher in vitamin C than oranges. The antioxidants in strawberries are vital to protecting your skin and in the production of collagen. In addition they also contain alpha-hydroxyl acid which helps eliminate dead skin cells, keeping your complexion fresh. Add to that the fact that they are low in calories and delicious!
Yogurt is high in vitamin A and selenium; both nutrients that help skin look its best. The live bacteria in yogurt also aids in healthy digestion.
Salmon is a well-known “super food” that has gotten a lot of attention in recent years for its heart and brain healthy benefits. These also spill over into the skin health category. The omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E and selenium help keep skin smooth and soft.
We can’t turn back the clock, but we can take steps, right now to give our skin the nutrients it needs to look its best.