It can be easy to blame external factors for unhealthy skin such as cosmetic products, climates, travel, etc. All those factors can break our daily routines and lead to overnight breakouts and uncontrollable reactions.
Dealing with the changes around us can be frustrating, especially when trying to maintain a routine for a pure flawless skin. But the external environment is not the only force against our skin at play. As much as what our skin comes into contact with can change our complexion, what we consume in our diets has a similarly influential effect on the health of the body’s largest organ: the skin.
That’s right, what you eat has a direct effect on how your skin looks, feels and glows. Some ingredients naturally available in foods help produce that dewy just-woke-up youthful glow, while others dehydrate or irritate the skin from the inside, producing a dry, oily or blemish-prone effect.
Let’s take a look at which foods and beverages are part of a healthy skin diet plan:
Bright and Dark Colored Vegetables
Let’s break this suggestion down a bit. First, eating a variety of vegetable colors is essential to getting all the nutrients necessary for collagen preservation and healthy, supple skin. Try to eat red, yellow and green vegetables every day, mixing in the other colors when possible.
When selecting your produce, look for the bright reds and yellows and the dark (most nutrient-dense) greens.
It is a fact that fish is among the healthiest foods that can be found and it provides a range of health benefits. If fish is in your diet, load up on the fattier options such as salmon and mackerel. Fatty fish have an excellent source of Omega-3s that can fight inflammation (blemishes) and vitamin E, which helps protect the skin from damage.
Speaking of, Omega-3 fatty acids also help strengthen the skin, improving its firmness and elasticity, which makes them an essential part of any healthy food diet. Foods you can eat with high Omega-3 content, besides fatty fish, are chia seeds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and sardines.
Spices such as turmeric provide some of the highest antioxidant power. Spice can be added to soups, salads, bowls or directly to beverages as part of a juice or smoothie.
Tomatoes can account for the red in your vegetable color. Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and helps reduce sun damage. If you want to absorb the lycopene most easily, cook the tomatoes before consumption and eat them with an avocado, for example, which is a great source of healthy fats.
We’ve heard this idea of everything in moderation for a long time now, and your skin wants you to listen to it, too. Eating a balance of carbs, proteins, vegetables, and skin-specific nutrients helps keep the skin from getting stressed to maintain itself as well as aging before its time.
Hydrate with water
When you are tempted to reach for another cup of coffee, reach for water instead. Water helps flush toxins from the body and keeps your skin smooth, soft and clear.
A skin diet plan plays a significant role in skin’s ability to cleanse and renew itself. When you notice blemishes, breakouts and uneven surfaces, it’s often attributable to what you are putting inside your body and not necessarily limited to what you are putting on your skin.
That’s not to null the importance of quality beauty products applied to the skin, but it is a call to remember that the next time you find yourself reaching for a bag of potato chips, it might be your skin that pays.
To learn more about foods that are beneficial to the skin, and how our aloe vera products can produce the ideal skin glow while helping you with your diet, reach out to us at AMP Floracel®