One of the factors often forgotten when it comes to taking care of our skin is our diet. But what we consume does matter when it comes to anti-aging efforts and maintaining healthy-looking skin. Read on to find out more about how fruits and veggies affect skin, and which ones to eat to keep your face looking fresh!
Some of the most common skin concerns include the appearance of wrinkles and blotchy, uneven skin tone. While many factors can affect the overall appearance of skin, diet is one key element that is often overlooked. From the omega-3 fatty acids in fish, seeds, and oils to the antioxidants in red wine and coffee, there are a host of nutrients that can help boost skin’s overall appearance. Here are a few fruits and veggies that can help give you brighter, younger-looking skin.
A classic staple in many types of cuisines, tomatoes contain an antioxidant called lycopene which smoothes uneven skin tone. They also contain Vitamin C, which helps fight damage at the cellular level.
Strawberries, kiwis, and citrus fruits of many kinds (including oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, and limes) also contain copious amounts of Vitamin C, as well as Vitamin E -- both vitamins being prime wrinkle reducers.
Veggies like broccoli and bell peppers contain Vitamin C as well. Bonus: these veggies are both low-calorie foods and quite filling, so steam, roast, or sautee for a nutrient-dense meal!
You might have heard the wellness buzzword “antioxidant” all over the place in recent years, but what are these, and how do they assist with things like repairing sun damaged skin or helping to reduce eye wrinkles?
Antioxidants are substances found within certain foods that can help prevent or drastically slow cell damage caused by free radicals. Reminder -- free radicals are unstable atoms, or molecules with unpaired electrons, found in our food, water, chemicals, and air. Essentially, we’re exposed to free radicals constantly and need to do what we can to fight back against the damage they cause to skin.
Grapes are loaded with an antioxidant called polyphenol, a structurally diverse compound that helps give skin a healthy boost. Blueberries can help neutralize free radicals and even reverse their harmful effects. Artichokes contain a high level of chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation and can reduce red, blotchy, or uneven skin tone.
We’d be remiss not to mention a few of the things you should steer clear of or at least reduce your intake of if you’re looking for the healthiest skin. Refined sugars, alcohol, and unhealthy fats can wreak havoc on skin, causing inflammation and, in the long term, cellular damage. If you want to keep your skin looking young and healthy, or free of acne, drink plenty of water and minimize your intake of unhealthy foods.
Need some more guidance on a certain skin condition? Want to explore some of our most common anti-aging treatments? If you’re in the greater New York City area, contact Vanguard Dermatology today for an appointment, and one of our board-certified specialists can help talk through your concerns and point you in the right direction for an appropriate treatment.