Nutrition is critical for good health. An unhealthy diet can cause weight gain, damage your metabolism and do damage to your organs, such as your liver and your heart. Your eating habits also impact another organ, your skin.
As we are learning more and more about how diet affects our bodies, it has become increasingly clear that what you eat can significantly affect the aging and health of your skin.
As far as the rest of your body is concerned, you should already know what nutrients help specific parts of your body. For example, you know that calcium keeps bones healthy. You think about this while sipping a glass of milk.
But you might not know what to eat or what not to eat to keep your skin healthy. YNS Cosmeceutical Skincare, your source for top skin care products, offers the foods to eat and the foods to avoid for healthy skin.
Deep-fried foods can taste amazing, just ask anyone downing an order of fries from their favorite burger joint. But deep-fried foods lead to excess oil production within the skin and it can take a toll on your complexion. Nobody wants the oil from their food showing up on their face.
Cheese is a food that is good for you in moderation. However, dairy products such as cheese, milk and butter will also increase oil production and could lead to blocked pores, which will lead to acne breakouts.
If you are experiencing some acne, try cutting out your dairy intake.
Watch your caffeine intake as it tends to dry the skin. Coffee is fine if you drink decaffeinated. If you have to drink the real stuff to keep you awake, follow it up with a glass of water to keep your skin from drying out.
Doughnuts are soft, doughy treats that some people can’t resist. And while they taste amazing, especially when washed down with a cup of coffee, they are full of sugar, which is bad for your skin.
Sugar is on the list of foods that ages us prematurely.
The powerful compounds found in green tea work to improve the health of your skin in several ways. One study showed that green tea reduced redness of the skin and improved moisture and elasticity.
If you need to justify eating a dark chocolate bar, here it is: The effects of chocolate on your skin are pretty remarkable.
Chocolate is high in antioxidants, which just happen to leave you with hydrated skin.
Avocados are packed with healthy fats that benefit many parts of your body, including your skin. These fats are essential to keeping your skin flexible and moisturized. There is also evidence that the fats in avocados protect your skin from the sun.
Tomatoes are a wonderful source of vitamin C and they also contain lycopene. Lycopene has been shown to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. It may also prevent wrinkling.
Broccoli is full of vitamins and minerals that are important for good skin health including vitamins C and A and zinc.
Broccoli also contains lutein, which prevents your skin from becoming dry and wrinkled. Broccoli also contains a special compound called sulforaphane, which boasts some pretty impressive skin benefits.
Beta-carotene is a nutrient found in plants and sweet potatoes. Beta-carotene keeps your skin healthy by acting as a natural sunblock. When consumed, beta-carotene protects your skin cells from sun exposure.
On a side note, beta-carotene may also add a warm, orange glow to your skin.
Fatty fish, such as salmon and herring, are excellent foods that promote healthy skin. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important in maintaining healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids are a necessity if you desire thick and supple skin. In fact, a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids will cause dry skin.
Fish fats reduce inflammation, which can cause acne and redness. Fish can even make your skin less sensitive to the sun.
Soy contains isoflavones which reduce fine wrinkles and improves skin elasticity.