Good Foods For Skin

Most of us, at some time or another, will look at our skin in the mirror and wonder if we can improve it.  For this reason many people spend large amounts on various skin creams and cosmetics that promise a range of benefits such as anti-aging treatments, reduction in scarring or acne and pore minimization.  These days, creams like these tend to have advanced active ingredients that have been derived from science, and they will therefore have a noticeable effect on your skin.  In our reliance on external solutions, however, one important factor for keeping skin healthy and youthful-looking is often overlooked – your skin simply reflects what is going on inside you.

It is a basic fact that you are what you eat (and drink): have a big week of eating poorly (especially sugar, fat and excess salt) and over-indulging on sugary drinks or a lot of alcohol, and you will quickly notice the effects on your face.  You may, for example, develop pimples, the skin under your eyes will sag and you will begin to notice wrinkles where previously you had smooth skin.  Of course there are a number of other factors that determine how healthy your skin is – hormones and genes being just two of them – but maintaining a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water will certainly help you to make the most of what you’ve got.

Let’s look at what experts now consider to be the “super foods” for good skin.  Unsurprisingly fresh fruits make up a large part of the list, with a delicious-sounding mix of known anti-oxidants such as berries (particularly blueberries, blackberries and strawberries), dark skin plums, citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit (high in vitamin C which is known to benefit skin) and cantaloupe.  Vegetables are also high on the list of foods you should eat if wanting to improve skin tone and texture.  These include tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli and carrots (rich in vitamin A).

Other good foods for skin include those rich in Omega 3 such as shellfish, salmon, sardines and tuna.  Walnuts, canola oil, and flax seeds also contain beneficial amounts of the fatty acid. Omega 3 is considered to be a “good” fat, and is known to help in the prevention of inflammation and is responsible for cell membrane health (which protects the cell against harmful ingredients).

Finally, as mentioned earlier, swap out sugary drinks such as sodas for water instead, as this will help to flush out any toxins and there is a belief that drinking water throughout the day can help hydrate your skin.  Green tea has also been found to have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, so this may be a better option for healthy skin than sodas or even dairy-based drinks.

Maintaining healthy skin that looks and feels good is not something you can achieve overnight, but by incorporating some of the so-called “super foods” into your diet and choosing to drink water or green tea you will be helping your skin to look its best.’

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