Beauty really starts from within. Your diet can have a significant impact on skin health, and this is why you should seriously look into the kinds of food you’re putting into your body if you want to have fabulous skin at any age.
You are What You Eat
You can be religious with your morning and night skincare routine, but even the most expensive skincare products can only do so much. You need proper nourishment to support the regular shedding and replenishment of skin cells, and feeding your skin the nutrients it needs from within – through your diet – always guarantees naturally glowing and healthy skin.
Be good to your skin and make sure you get plenty of the following every day.
- At least five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables. Your skin will benefit from antioxidants, which minimize/prevent cell damage. Fruits and vegetables also provide your skin with nutrients that support normal skin cell development and maintain healthy skin tone. The more colorful your plate is every meal, the better.
- Load up on vitamin C from blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries, and sweet potatoes. Aside from being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C naturally promotes skin radiance and healing and boosts collagen production.
- Get enough vitamin E to minimize free-radical damage to the skin and to support healthy skin growth. Almonds, avocado, hazelnuts, pine nuts, and sunflower and corn oils are great sources of vitamin E.
- Hydrate to keep your skin from becoming dehydrated and dull-looking. You can benefit from the combination of high water content and nutrient content of certain fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, cucumber, and courgette. As an added measure, avoid smoking and drink alcohol in moderation to prevent skin dehydration.
- Eat healthy fats, such as those found in avocados, nuts, seeds, and oily fish. These provide essential fatty acids that help keep skin supple.
- Supplement your diet with phytoestrogens to keep your natural hormones in balance and help maintain youthful-looking skin longer. Great sources of phytoestrogens include soybeans, tofu, tempeh, soy beverages, linseed (flax), sesame seeds, wheat, berries, oats, barley, dried beans, lentils, rice, alfalfa, mung beans, apples, carrots, wheat germ, rice bran, and soy linseed bread.
Be kind to your skin not only from without but especially from within. Eat the right kinds of food to support overall skin health, and you will have naturally fabulous skin even as you get older.