10 Foods to Keep Your Skin Young and Healthy!


My sister is going to school to become an esthetician, and so we've been hearing a lot about skin care:). Recently, I've become painfully aware that I'm not getting any younger;). While I realize I am still very young in the grand scheme of things, I also recognize that taking care of my body now is crucial for my health later in life- and one of the things that affects our health the most is what we eat! There are actually a lot of foods that can help your skin stay healthy and keep those wrinkles at bay;). Let's take a look, shall we?

Water!! Okay, so this isn't necessarily a food, but it is one of the most crucial. Water keeps our bodies hydrated. Drinking more water will keep our cells moisturized and plump and will keep those wrinkles away;). When in doubt, drink water!

Avocados. As if I needed another reason to consume these at every possible opportunity;). Avocados are high in mono-saturated fat, which has been shown to keep your skin hydrated, and also helps you absorb other vitamins you intake, which in turn keeps you healthy;).

Olive oil. And while we're speaking of mono-saturated fat, olive oil is another food to keep in mind. It's a healthier oil choice in general anyways, so definitely the way to go!

Oats. So, I learned a new word- apparently oats are low-glycemic, which means it won't make your blood sugar shoot up. High- glycemic food, such as refined pastas and breads, will spike your blood sugar, and they are a cause of acne and wrinkles. Hooray for low-glycemic!

Lean Beef. Or other healthy meat options. Protein helps our bodies produce collagen, which essentially helps hold our bodies together. A.k.a- fewer wrinkles;)

Oranges. While all fruits and vegetables have their benefits, oranges in particular are full of water and are high in Vitamin C, making them particularly great options for our skin. Vitamin C also helps in the production of collagen, so eat up those oranges!

Brussel Sprouts. And other healthy veggies including kale and broccoli. These are another great source of Vitamin C (which we just learned is super important for healthy skin), but it also contains Vitamin A and folate, which can help protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun.

Grapes. In addition to being tasty, grapes contain resveratrol, which combats inflammation, and which some believe can help protect you from UV rays. You should probably still wear sunscreen, but hey! Every little bit helps, doesn't it?

Salmon. While we're talking about healthy skin, we can't forget about omega-3 fats. They have been shown to inhibit cancer cells from growing and spreading- that's definitely an important part of healthy skin!

Nuts. If you're not a huge fan of fish, have no fear! Nuts can also be a great source of omega-3 fats and protein, both of which are great helpers to your skin.

In addition to all these, if my sister was here she would say if you do nothing else, put on sunscreen every day and moisturize daily! Skin is the largest organ we have- let's make sure we take care of it!

Sources:
  •   http://www.webmd.com/beauty/skin-glow-13/anti-aging-skin-foods
  •   http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17087/8-anti-aging-foods-for-glowing-vibrant-skin.html
  •   http://sosueme.ie/in-the-news/8-foods-great-skin/

    Camille Hoffmann
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2014
    Email the author! camille@dvo.com


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