Nutrition and the Skin
- Posted on: Nov 17 2019
Nutrition affects the skin and the way it ages. Vitamins, carotenoids, tocopherols, flavonoids and many other plant extracts have potent anti-oxidant properties and are being used as topically applied agents or oral supplements to maintain youthful skin appearance. Therefore, a supplement or topical antioxidant product can be beneficial to the skin. Other nutrients such as essential omega-3-fatty acids, proteins and lactobacilli have been reported to promote skin health and beauty.
We are what we eat, and a balanced diet has a positive effect on your skin health.
Nutrition Tips For Better Skin Health
- Choose more vegetarian options. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants which is beneficial for the skin. Antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C, E, and A can curb the damage caused by unstable molecules (free radicals) which can harm skin cells and cause signs of aging.
- Choose foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, including wild salmon, sardines, fortified eggs, and walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids help keep the top outer layer of the skin strong so that it is not affected by external toxins and pollutants.
- Choose organic options when you’re eating animal products.
- Avoid high glycemic foods such as white sugar and white flour.
- Try a dairy-free diet – one may drink almond or oat milk instead.
- Hydration is crucial – eight glasses of water every day is a must.
- Try intermittent fasting to keep your insulin levels down.
The above tips are extremely important for your skin. If you’re not eating a balanced diet, an over-the-counter daily multivitamin with minerals may help boost your nutrient intake.
Preventing skin aging is a continuous battle, and implementing a dermatologist-recommended diet can help you win it! Dr. Kroumpouzos advises his patients on nutrients that can help maintain radiant skin and effective anti-aging skin care. Please contact our office for a consultation.