Are you truly what you eat? When it comes to the health of your skin, you certainly are.
Food -- it's the giver of life, the bread to your literal butter. We need it but at the same time what’s on your plate dictates how healthy your skin is. The food you eat, from wrinkle-fighting antioxidants in fruits and vegetables to hydrating healthy fats in fish, is as important to your skin as it is to your cholesterol level, blood pressure and waistline.
Did you know that older skin cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones? This is why having a steady supply of micronutrients is essential to support this rapid growth and by eating the correct balance of foods you will feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to stay soft, supple and blemish-free.
You probably already know that Omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart but did you know they are good for your skin too? Omega-3s help the skin increase its ability to hold water, which leads to softer, wrinkle-free skin.
Omega-3s are a group of several nutrients including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and alpha-linolenic ac id (ALA), none of which the body can produce on its own. They are mainly found in cold water fish (as well as walnuts, flaxseed and some green vegetables such as kale) and help keep the cell membrane strong (the skin is made up of cells, and the cell membrane is the outside layer of the cell), preventing harm from the outside from getting in.
Did you know that Vitamin C helps maintain the collagen in our skin, keeping it firm but can quickly evaporate through exposure to air, water or heat? Kiwi fruit packs more Vitamin C per ounce than practically any other fruit and locks in the juicy Vitamin C benefits firmly beneath its furry skin.
Lemons work wonders when it comes to your skin. For glowing skin squeeze fresh lemon juice into your drinking water. The combination of lemon and water hydrates the skin and removes impurities from within, which leads to brighter and younger looking skin.
Berries like blueberries and strawberries are high in antioxidants (chemicals that protect the cells by combating the free radicals that damage skin at a cellular level). Free radicals are by-products that form when oxygen is used by the body, almost like how an apple gets brown when you cut it open and expose it to the air. Antioxidants interrupt that damaging process. If you don’t always have access to fresh berries then frozen berries are just as good as fresh.
Sip at least one cup of green tea a day. Green tea is very high in antioxidants and helps fight inflammation and reduces redness.
Loaded with Vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily because sunflower seed oil has a high essential-fatty-acid content making it a treat for parched body parts such as dry winter lips.