“You are what you eat.” The tired cliché would be excised from our heads if it wasn’t so true. What we’re eating directly affects the quality of our skin and its appearance.
In other words, a skin care regimen isn’t just the type of cleanser and moisturizer you’re using on a daily basis. Part of that routine is your diet. Improving your skin from the inside out is a proactive approach to controlling the quality, texture and appearance of your skin.
Not surprisingly, many of foods we should be eating anyway appear as ingredients in our skincare products. So here is a look at some of the top power foods we should be consuming, regardless of skin type, to help improve our skin and provide natural skin rejuvenation:
Olive Oil — This product not only acts as a fantastic natural moisturizer (benefiting skin and hair strands), but it will improve skin from the inside out if made a regular addition to diets. Studies have revealed that women who add olive oil to their diets displayed dramatically fewer signs of aging than those who did not.
Green Tea — Besides the fact that it is a water-based fluid (water being one of the best things you could possibly consume to help your skin), green tea has long been touted as a go-to remedy for many concerns. Green tea is clarifying and correcting from the inside out. The tea’s antioxidants help combat all of the free radical damage skin is exposed to day after day.
Green tea not only fights premature aging due to those free radicals, it may also help reverse sun damage.
Green and Yellow Vegetables — We all know that eating vegetables is one of the best things to add to any diet. You’ve also probably heard that the darker the vegetable, the better it is for you. Interestingly, a study in 2011 showed that yellow and green vegetables cause fewer wrinkles from forming. They especially target crow’s feet, which are the wrinkles that appear around the corner of a person’s eyes.
Herbs — Adding herbs like rosemary to your meals could potentially reduce your melanoma risk by 60 percent in addition to being a great benefit to your skin’s overall appearance.
Dark Chocolate — It’s not too good to be true. The benefits of this product are myriad, ranging from fighting wrinkles to increasing blood flow to the skin. It also helps maintain skin hydration and fights skin thinning. It may combat UV rays and, thus, any damage related to UV exposure as well. As an additional bonus, dark chocolate helps fight stress. As we all know, stress can lead to skin breakouts. Dark chocolate that has at least 70 percent cocoa is best. Be aware that this will increase the bitterness of the product.
Pumpkin — Pumpkins are a good source of Vitamin A, which is necessary for the skin to produce new cells. A half-cup of pumpkin offers skin four times the recommended serving of Vitamin A. This will help keep your skin healthy and smooth.
Of course, diet can only do so much to reverse years of damage to your skin. If you’re looking to improve your appearance quickly and resolve some longstanding issues with a professional dermatologist, please call Your Laser Skin Care today at (323) 525-1516 for a free consultation.