Diet Tips for Healthy Skin

mt pleasant dermatologyHealthy skin is not just about creams and sunscreens. So much of your skin’s health starts from the inside. That’s why it’s so important to eat a healthy diet that benefits not just your overall health, but the health of your skin. After all, your skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system. Along with regular checkups and adamant sun protection, we recommend exercising regularly and eating these healthy foods to maintain a glowing complexion:

Nuts and Seeds

Almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds are simply wonderful for skin health. They are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that assist in nourishing your skin from the inside out!

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens like spinach, kale and collard greens contain antioxidants like Vitamins C, E and A, all of which help with a healthy glow and less hyperpigmentation. They also contain iron, folate, chlorophyll, magnesium, fiber and protein, which help with stress, sleep and overall health. If you only eat greens when they’re fried or on a burger, it’s definitely time to eat more salads or drink pure juices! Your skin and mind will thank you!

charleston dermatologyFruits and Veggies

We all know it’s important to eat your vegetables, but fruits can also help out with skin health! Tomatoes, citrus fruits and strawberries all contain vitamins and nutrients that aid skin clarity. For instance, tomatoes contain lycopene, which is a phytochemical that helps protect against sun damage. All the more reason for a tomato salad in the heat of summer!

Healthy Fats

It’s not hard to incorporate more delicious healthy fats into your diet. Salmon, avocado and sweet potato all work hard to provide nourishment and moisturize your skin. The combination of those three tossed over a bed of spinach and dressed in olive oil and lemon juice sounds like an excellent lunch or dinner option! Delicious, filling and skin-serving!

mt pleasant dermatologyThe Good Stuff

Red wine has been proven to have several health benefits, especially since it contains flavonoid, resveratrol and tannin. These properties can boost collagen and elastic fibers, which helps with aging. Some folks even apply it topically! Dark chocolate also contains antioxidants which promote a healthy glow. When consumed in moderation, these treats can provide fabulous benefits to your skin!

Water

Are you getting your eight glasses a day? Hydration is necessary for a clear, glowing complexion! Your skin is an organ that is made up of cells, which are made up of water. If they don’t receive enough H2O, they won’t function as they should and you’ll be left looking dry and flaky. Water is the best moisturizer!

If you’re ready to talk more about skin health and how you can maintain a healthy glow, make an appointment today.

 

Sources: 

https://food.ndtv.com/health/red-wine-benefits-will-a-glass-of-vino-a-day-actually-keep-the-doctor-away-1219416

https://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334

https://www.self.com/story/clear-skin-diet

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-foods-for-healthy-skin#section1

 

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