Can eating the right foods help you get healthy skin?
It's no secret that you are what you eat, but did you realise that if you want healthy skin you have to watch what you put into your body?
Some foods have been proven to be good for your overall health, such as salmon or almonds. These foods are a great source of unsaturated fats, scientifically proven to benefit your heart health and contribute to healthy brain function. According to experts from the American Heart Foundation, they 'strongly recommend replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats - to promote heart health.' On the other hand, foods such as sugary treats or greasy foods have been linked to diabetes and heart disease.
But this knowledge also applies to skincare. It’s important to take care of your skin topically with a great skincare routine to stave off wrinkles, dryness or acne and give you that healthy glow, of course, but this can be supplemented with the foods you consume. By eating foods packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and avoiding certain others that can interfere with your hormonal balance, you can get healthier looking skin from the inside out.
Add These To Your Grocery List
There are many ‘superfoods’ that are packed with the nutrients needed to improve your skin from the inside out, but here are a few of the important ones that will keep your skin at its best.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon or mackerel or in eggs. Salmon and mackerel are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids that will help improve your skin by decreasing inflammation (like psoriasis or rosacea) and acne to give you smoother, younger looking skin.
Consuming olive oil at room temperature is beneficial for your skin as it contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. According to Dr. Edward Group: 'Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of olive oil because it helps restore skin smoothness.' Uncooked olive oil is a great addition as a dressing to salads - just drizzle a little on top and your skin will thank you.
Dark chocolate (not to be confused with Milk Chocolate, which is typically higher in sugar and dairy) is also packed with antioxidants that combat free radicals which are known to damage the skin.
Stay Away From These
We don’t expect you to live a monastic life devoid of any delicious foods, but limiting your intake of the foods below will be a great start to improving your skin.
Dairy can wreak havoc with your skin, especially when it comes to acne. ‘Milk contains components related to the hormone testosterone that may stimulate oil glands in the skin, setting the stage for acne.’ says F. William Danby MD.
Greasy foods such as burgers and chips are notorious for causing acne breakouts and have next to no nutritional benefit for your skin. Avoid if you want to look your best.
Sugary foods, much like dairy, can interfere with insulin levels in the body and have a knock on effect on the skin. Dr Hyman indicates that switching out sugar (and highly refined carbs) can reduce the likelihood of acne.
By having a balanced diet, and choosing the healthier option where possible, you too can follow the secret recipe for healthy skin.
What foods do you include or exclude from your diet to ensure your skin is looking as healthy as possible? Let us know in the comments below.