When it comes to healthy, glowing skin, one thing is certain: what we eat has a direct impact on how we look. A diet high in processed foods, sugar, and fat is likely to leave your skin looking dull, dry, oily, and acne-ridden. On the other hand, lean proteins, healthy oils, raw vegetables and fruit, plus a variety of spices will not only fuel a healthy body and mind but lead toward better skin health.
So, what are these power foods?
Salmon – Rich in antioxidants and omega-3s, eating salmon can help calm inflammation, reinforce the skin’s barrier, keep moisture in and harmful irritants out. Choose wild salmon over farm-raised for optimal results.
Green Tea – Green tea contains polyphenols. These micronutrients, packed with antioxidants, help heal scars and blemishes, flush out toxins, and keep skin smooth and supple. What’s more, the vitamin K in green tea helps lighten dark under-eye circles. So, after you enjoy that cup of tea, chill the tea bags for 15 minutes and use them for a cooling under-eye treatment.
Tomatoes – Rich in lycopene, tomatoes help protect skin from UV damage.
Carrots – High levels of beta-carotene help give this veggie it’s bright orange color. Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A which has been found to decrease skin’s oil production and may even help heal psoriasis.
Avocados – This powerhouse of a fruit penetrates cells at the deepest level, delivering a healthy dose of vitamins A, D, and E, as well as good fats and phytonutrients.
Walnuts – Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids which help boost collagen production. Collagen improves skin’s elasticity, prevents sagging, and gives skin a more youthful appearance.
Oranges – Food containing high amounts of vitamin C, like oranges, strawberries, and red peppers, help reduce wrinkles and soften dry skin.
Kale – Leafy greens like kale are rich in vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin cell growth. You can also apply kale topically to help fade scars, stretchmarks, bruises, and spider veins.
Almonds – Rich in vitamin E, almonds in your diet can help prevent signs of aging caused by free radicals.
Broccoli – There’s good reason your mom made you eat broccoli – it’s loaded with skin-loving vitamins A, C, and K.
Dark Chocolate – We saved the best for last! Dark chocolate, with 70 percent or more cacao, is great for skin firming. It also contains flavonol – a powerful antioxidant. Dark chocolate is a wonderful guilt-free treat.
Are you having skin issues that no amount of home care can diminish? If so, contact MedCare Express today to schedule a medical exam. Or, if you cut yourself or burn your skin, we’re also the only walk-in care center in Great Hartford that’s open 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week.