With the holiday season upon us, I thought this would be a good reminder of the high sugar food and drink that are available for us to consume. Here are some tips to choose the right foods that will benefit your skin. Whether you don’t have skin care concerns, or you see a dermatologist regularly, it is important to know how the things we eat, and drink affect our skin. A healthy diet which includes antioxidant-rich foods along with proper hydration will provide you with clearer, heathier looking skin. Also treat yourself to a hydrating facial.
Antioxidants in foods, including vitamins A, C and E, and certain minerals, such as selenium boost immune function by quenching free radicals, highly-reactive compounds that are formed as byproducts of normal processes in the body or enter the body from the environment.
Vitamin C – The sun can be tough on your skin. Vitamin C can help protect you. It also helps undo sun damage to collagen and elastin, which firm up your skin. Get vitamin C from cranberries, red bell peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, greens, brussels sprouts and Blueberries!
Vitamin E – Another antioxidant that may help save your skin from sun damage and inflammation is vitamin E. Get it from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, asparagus, leafy greens and carrots.
Selenium – This mineral may help protect your skin from cells that gather free radicals. You can get it from Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, and fish like snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, and salmon. Cooked beef, light turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta also have selenium.
Water, Water, Water!
Drinking water is one of the healthiest habits you can have for your skin and your entire body. It keeps your skin moist and that makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It also helps your cells get rid of toxins. Dehydrated skin cannot properly rid itself of toxins and so it becomes irritated, inflamed, and congested. This can cause itching, blackheads, redness, acne, and general blotchiness. We’ve all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but you may not need exactly that many as the water in fruits, veggies, juice, and milk counts toward your total, and will help with your hang over!
Or better yet why not get your antioxidants and hydrate at the same time?
Green tea may be the closest thing to a magic potion that you can find for your skin, maybe make a cup of tea on your way to a holiday event. It helps stop inflammation and helps slow DNA damage and can even help prevent the sun from burning your skin. You can find green tea in lots of cosmetics, but why not go straight to the source: Drink it! Go for the veggie plate at your next holiday party.