Everyone has their favorite products and skin care routines, but having good skin starts from within. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat” and with skincare, that couldn’t be truer. Older skin cells are constantly shedding and being replaced by new ones if we aren’t eating nutrient rich foods, that rapid growth slows down. Leaving our skin dull and blemished.
As much as we may not like it, our skin does age. Sunspots and wrinkles are the result of time, but skin aging is sped up by overexposure to the sun, tanning beds, chemicals, pollution, and poor nutrition. With all of that in mind, taking a whole-body approach is best. Read on for the top three foods you should be eating for healthier skin.
Avocados are high in healthy fats. Those healthy fats benefit your body in many ways, including the health of your skin! Getting enough of these fats keeps your skin moisturized and flexible.
Avocados are also a great source of Vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant that helps protect your skin from oxidative damage. Studies have shown that most Americans don’t get enough Vitamin E through their diet. Half of an avocado provides 14% of your daily value of Vitamin E so adding avocado plus other Vitamin E rich foods will help boost those antioxidants as well as your skin.
Orange vegetables contain beta carotene which your body then converts into Vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, one half cup serving of baked sweet potato contains enough beta carotene to provide more than six times the daily value of Vitamin A!
When eaten, this antioxidant is incorporated into your skin and helps act as a natural sunblock. This may help with sunburn, cell death, and dry, wrinkled skin. Interestingly, high amounts of beta carotene may also add a warm orange glow to your skin contributing to an overall healthy appearance.
Red grapes are famous for containing resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes. Resveratrol has a wide range of health benefits, but the one we will focus on is reducing the effects of aging.
Studies suggest it may slow the production of harmful free radicals, which damage skin cells and cause signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. You may have heard of resveratrol in discussions about the health benefits of red wine. Unfortunately, the amount of resveratrol you get from a glass of red wine is not enough to affect your skin.
What you eat can significantly affect your skin health. Make sure you’re getting enough nutrients to protect your skin. The foods on this list are a great starting point to keep your skin strong, soft, and glowing!