Nutrition and the Skin

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

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Choose organic options when you’re eating animal products. 
  4. Avoid high glycemic foods such as white sugar and white flour. 
  5. Try a dairy-free diet – one may drink almond or oat milk instead. 
  6. Hydration is crucial – eight glasses of water every day is a must.
  7. 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.

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