Did you know that your diet is one of the most important factors for obtaining healthy, fabulous looking skin? You are what you eat – literally, and when you nourish your body with healthy fats, and vitamin-rich vegetables and fruits, it significantly contributes to what’s happening both on the inside and on the outside of your body. The bottom line is the healthier your diet is, the better your skin will look. So let’s take a closer look at some of the nourishing items you should be incorporating into your diet on a daily basis to get that vibrant, glowing, younger-looking skin.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
The omega 3-fatty acids found in fish, walnuts, and chia seeds, help keep your skin-cell membranes nice and strong with greater elasticity. By adding any of these omega-3-rich sources into your daily diet, it will help keep your skin more plump with a greater ability to fight off wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Tomatoes are filled with antioxidants that help block the chemical reactions that cause sun damage to your skin. The components in tomatoes also can revive the glow of dull or damaged skin. So consider adding a few slices to your sandwich or salad ore often.
Eating flax helps your skin retain water more easily which keeps it looking more supple and hydrated. Flaxseeds are also highly anti-inflammatory and another good source of healthy omegas, which can help to reduce skin irritation, redness, and tissue inflammation.
You can give your skin a boost by eating lean proteins that are filled with collagen-building proteins. Just remember to avoid having too many animal fats as these can increase the skin’s production of free radicals that can lead to prematurely aged skin.
If you love guacamole, then you’ll be excited to learn that avocados are incredibly good for your skin. The healthy oils and vitamin E found in avocados can improve skin cell membranes for beautifully strong skin, while also giving you a more softer and glowing complexion.
If you must have sugar, then we recommend having a healthy dose. And what’s better than having a delicious piece of chocolate? Cocoa has been proven to hydrate your skin, provide antioxidant benefits, and improve luminosity. You can even apply it to the surface of your skin to help reduce puffiness.
Who doesn’t love a good chilli? Now you have an excuse to eat a whole bowl. Kidney beans are high in zinc, which works to reduce blemishes and keep your skin looking clear and clean.
When it comes to your skin, ‘you are what you eat’ is more true than ever! Filling up your plate with healthy foods not only boosts your metabolism, but it also helps prevent skin-damage, sag, and prematurely ageing skin that sugar-laden, highly processed foods produce. To find out more about eating for healthy skin, contact one of our professionals at The Ottawa Skin Clinic.