We often hear the cliché “You are what you eat” and this is certainly true for your skin. And as our skin is the first line of defense against foreign materials it is important that we put as much attention and care to it beyond that for aesthetic purposes.
There are many skin care products out in the market and it’s quite confusing which brands and products are most effective for keeping our skin radiant, healthy and young looking. Unfortunately, some products come with risks as they may contain chemicals that can long term adverse effects.
So what can we rely on to achieve a healthy skin?
A healthy diet is the first and most important key to a healthy skin so here are some of the foods you need to consume for a fabulous, young-looking, healthy skin:
VITAMIN A RICH FOODS: Experts say that our skin cells’ health is greatly reliant on dietary Vitamin A. Low-fat dairy products are the best sources of Vitamin A. Carrots contain beta carotene which is a precursor to Vitamin A. Individuals with diabetes or thyroid disease need to consume low-fat dairy products since they have difficulties converting beta carotene into Vitamin A.
ORGANIC FOODS: Limiting your intake of non-organic and synthetically made foods enhances your skin condition. Eat natural fruits and vegetables for a better quality of nutrient supply that will keep your skin healthy.
DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS: At least 6 cups of water or tea a day is enough to hydrate your skin and flush out the toxins in your body. But the amount of fluids you take also depends on your activity and fluid output. Avoid carbonated drinks and skip sugar to avoid excess calories in your diet.
EAT STRINGS AND PEELS FROM FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: Plant-based foods have been found to contain silica which can help maintain the skin’s elasticity and complexion. Eat the whole fruit or vegetable like apple, cucumber and celery as most of the silica is found in the strings and peels of vegetables and fruits.
VITAMIN C RICH FOODS: As an antioxidant, Vitamin C is important for collagen formation which in turn has a role in reducing wrinkles by keeping your skin firm for a younger look. Add foods like citrus fruits, kiwis, strawberries, broccoli and grapefruit to your diet.
In general, following the guidelines set by using the food pyramid is the simplest way to get the right amount of vitamins and minerals that will make your skin healthy and glowing.