We talk a lot about the incredible treatments that are available to attain radiant and blemish free skin. That’s because they work, and we truly believe in the power these treatments provide our clients through the results we see every day.
But one of the most important components of skincare is your diet. What we eat feeds our skin, and if we don’t give our skin the right nutrients, we risk problems down the road.
An unhealthy diet has many downsides, we don’t need to go on a rant about why you should eat right to stay healthy. But an unhealthy diet has serious repercussions for your skin. It’s become more and more evident that what we eat is directly reflected in our complexion.
While yes, some of us are just genetically unlucky with oily skin or dry skin, others can combat complexion issues with these healthy foods.
Foods that are high in healthy fats are great for skin health. These fats keep your skin moisturized along with flexible.
There is even some evidence to suggest that avocados can protect your skin from sun damage through essential compounds.
Avocados also contain a ton of Vitamin E. This is great because Vitamin E is antioxidant that will protect your skin from harmful oxidative damage.
While most seeds and nuts are great for your skin, sunflower seeds seem to be one of the best options.
Sunflower seeds are a great source of Vitamin E and they can be added to a number of foods without compromising a dish.
We know it tastes better with cheese, but we would recommend dropping the dairy addition.
Packed with healthy components, broccoli promotes a healthy dose of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and zinc.
Broccoli also has a decent amount of lutein, which can help protect skin from UV rays that can damage skin and increase wrinkling.
As we said above, nuts and seeds are great for your skin. They have a good amount of fatty acids which the body can’t make itself.
Lots of nuts are rich in fatty acids, but walnuts are near the top of the list for both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Last but not least, walnuts have a good amount of selenium and protein, both great for skin health.
Red or yellow bell peppers
The key ingredient here is beta-carotene — which your body turns into Vitamin A.
These bell peppers also have a good amount of Vitamin C, which helps promote collagen creation that is needed for healthy skin.
Just like the red and yellow bell peppers, sweet potatoes have a bunch of beta-carotene as well.
And as we know this Vitamin A converter helps create a healthy natural sunblock for your skin, reducing aging, wrinkling and overall skin damage from harmful UV rays.
Another food that’s high in Vitamin C are tomatoes.
Tomatoes also have all of the major carotenoids.
We would never tell you not to eat chocolate. As a matter of fact, we’re going to suggest it.
Cocoa is surprisingly great for your skin. Dark chocolate seems to do the trick, as it seems to help protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
So next time you’re nibbling on a bar of dark chocolate, don’t feel guilty. You’re actually giving your body what it needs by improving blood flow to the skin!
If you couldn’t tell, we’re giving you the best stuff last. Not only is a glass of red wine good for your heart, but also slows down skin aging.
Red wine contains resveratrol which has been known to reduce the effects of aging.
We don’t recommend getting wine drunk every night to combat wrinkles, but making red wine your drink of choice is better than most alternative alcoholic beverages.
What you eat or drink matters
While there are many factors that affect our skin, what we eat or drink can dramatically change our complexion.
Be sure to get the right nutrients and feed your skin the right way. These are also important foods to remember when recovering from any skin treatments, as they can help with the healing process and make your results what you wished for.