Are you really what you eat? Can eating healthier foods and watching your intake help improve your skin? What we put into our bodies can sometimes reflect positively or negatively on our skin. Knowing which foods to eat can make a difference in the way your skin looks.
Here are some chemical compounds and foods to consider adding to your diet, for healthy looking skin.
Eating grapes, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, and peanuts are a good source of resveratrol which helps to protect the skin from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause inflammation, disease, and biochemical aging in the body. Free radicals are in large part responsible for wrinkling and sagging of the skin.
Beta-Carotene is an organic and can be found in orange colored produce like sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash, & cantaloupe. Beta-Carotene is natural anti-ager which converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A, is an antioxidant that aids in the repair and proper functioning of skin cells.
Green, leafy vegetables, avocados, olive oil and almonds, are all excellent sources of Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps heal damaged tissues and when used in conjunction with vitamin A, vitamin E helps protect the skin from harmful effects of sun exposure. Vitamin E is also a known antioxidant, which can protect against free radicals.
Also known as Ascorbic acid, vitamin C provides numerous benefits to the body. Repairing skin and tissues, promoting collagen production, preventing capillary distension which can lead to unsightly spider veins are all functions of vitamin C. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach
Natural sources of sulfur can be found in fish, eggs, nuts, and cabbage. sulphurr gives strength to keratin, the building blocks of skin and hair cells. Sulphur
also helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles by promoting the formation of collagen which is what keep skin plump and supple.
Eating foods that support overall skin health from the inside is just as important as using topical products. It is important to remember that some vitamins can be broken down during canning processing, therefore it’s best to buy fresh, organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Challenge yourself to increase your intake of natural ingredients as part of your total body beauty regimen.