Like we saw in an earlier post, what you put on your skin is only part of the story of good skin care. The other important part is what you eat. Here at our beauty salon, we strive for health and beauty from the inside out. Keep reading for more foods that will improve and boost your skin’s health.
Green and red vegetables are some of the best choices you can make for your skin. This makes choosing your next crunchy snack so much easier! Spinach and other green, leafy vegetables are full of Vitamin A, which is an antioxidant. As your body metabolizes it, the vitamin will prevent cell damage and premature aging. For those who suffer from acne, the vitamin can also help reduce breakouts (it’s been used in anti-acne medications for years, appearing as the ingredient Retin-A).
Red-orange foods are full of beta-carotene, which the body again converts to Vitamin A. Look to carrots, sweet potatoes, and mangoes for this. However, because too much Vitamin A can cause health problems, it’s best to get this from foods rather than from supplements.
Nuts, especially almonds, are again full of antioxidants. (See a pattern here?) In nuts, your body receives Vitamin E, which will combat free radicals and lock in moisture. This will reduce dryness and keep skin looking younger. Selenium, found in foods such as cottage cheese, will boost the health properties of Vitamin E. A cup of cottage cheese with a handful of almonds is the best thing you could do for your skin all day! In addition to Vitamin E, our beauty salon recommends nuts such as almonds, pistachios, and walnuts to provide a good portion of omega-3 fatty acids.
Whole grains and other “whole foods” are foods that haven’t been artificially processed. That means that all their healthy components, such as the shell of the wheat kernel, remain intact. The whole grain buckwheat will fight inflammation. Wheat germ provides Vitamin B, which helps the cells break down fats. If your body doesn’t perform this task often enough, your skin can become dry and scaly.
In general, eating whole grain foods rather than foods with white flour will help your skin. White flour can cause an insulin spike, which is a trigger for acne. If too much flour isn’t in your diet, reach for avocados and mushrooms to get the same effect.
As always, drink lots of water throughout the day. At our altitude along the Front Range, we need almost double the amount recommended, just to stay hydrated. Drinking water will flush the toxins out of your system, reduce breakouts, and keep your skin glowing.