Skin Nutrition: Eating Your Way To Healthy Skin

EatingYourWayToHealthySkin

There’s a certain satisfying feeling of rubbing soothing lotion onto dry or rough skin. But is lotion really the best method of skin rejuvenation?

Skin care is a huge market—after all, there’s nothing quite like the relaxing feeling of being soft and supple. And of course, returning a healthy glow to your skin has its own satisfaction. But it’s become clear that what you put in your body can play a much larger role than what you put on your skin.

Your body is a complex, miraculous machine. Give it the right tools, and it can often solve many of your issues from the inside better than anything can from the outside. Alternatively, if you deprive your body of the nutrients it needs from your diet, you skin will pay the price. That’s why proper skin nutrition can be your best friend in the battle for healthy skin!

 

So What Foods Are Great For Skin Nutrition?

The simple answer is, if you eat healthy foods, and have a diverse diet, then your skin should reap the benefits. But more specifically, foods that are great for skin nutrition generally feature vitamins A, C, E, antioxidants, and fatty acids.


Low fat Dairy Foods

Vitamin A is crucial for your body’s process of skin rejuvenation. The simplest and most direct form of getting vitamin A is from dairy products—your body won’t have to convert it from beta carotene. Most dairy products are rich in vitamin A, but if you’re looking to be figure conscious (and who isn’t?), try Lowfat Yogurt. It’s both delicious and quite easy to work into a diet for all those non-vegans out there.


Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, Pumpkin

While these foods haven’t cornered the market on healthy skin, they may be some of the best options you have. They’re rife with antioxidants and vitamin C (and in the pumpkin’s case, vitamins A, C, and E). Plus, they’re, well, delicious! Antioxidants can be great for heart health and blood flow, which in turn provides more nutrients to the far corners of your body that need it. Vitamin C has been directly correlated to potentially smoother, wrinkle-free skin since this essential vitamin combats free radicals that would break down cells. Plus, vitamin C can even aid our natural production of collagen.


Fish, Healthy Oils, Walnuts

Omega 3s and other Fatty Acids are essential to healthy skin. The easiest way to get those are from cold water fish (like salmon and mackerel). Omega 3s can also be found in canola oil, flaxseed oil, and olive oil. Obviously, everyone is wary of anything with the word “fat” in it, but eating moderate amounts of foods rich in healthy fats is absolutely pivotal for your health—especially your skin!

Now, if you’re not a fan of fish or if eating fish is too difficult to work into your everyday diet, you can look into an omega 3 supplement to get the essential fatty acids your body needs. Fatty acids are vital for healthy cell membranes in your body, which is quite simply the skin of your cells themselves. Keep them healthy, and your skin will show it.


Water!

And lastly, any health enthusiast knows that drinking plenty of Clean Water is the simplest, most sure-fire way to keep yourself healthy. Also, deserving of its own health accolades, Green Tea has recently become a health superstar in many ways, but especially for your skin since it contains antioxidants and other nutrients.

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