Billions of dollars are spent each year on skincare products, to improve skin tone and combat a variety of skin problems. Beauty companies’ promises of clear, younger looking skin are tempting, but come with a big price tag. Many skin conditions can be improved in a cheaper, safer way, by making adjustments to the diet.
The skin is the largest organ of the body and is made up of many cells containing water. Water is lost from the body each day and needs to be replaced to function efficiently. If the body becomes dehydrated, the skin may dry out, which can cause wrinkles. Sipping water throughout the day is preferable to drinking large amounts all at once. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages can dehydrate the skin, but water and herbal teas are a great way to keep water levels topped up.
The Vitamin E found in nuts fights the free radicals caused by sun exposure. Sun damaged skin becomes dry and may wrinkle easily. Nuts can easily be added to the diet as a tasty snack during the day.
Fruits are high in antioxidants, especially blueberries. Antioxidants reduce the damage free radicals can cause to the skin, therefore skin stays looking younger, for longer. Blueberries can be added to breakfast or eaten later in the day as a delicious snack.
Carrots are a good source of Vitamin A, which may improve the texture and elasticity of the skin. Lack of Vitamin A, may leave skin dry and dull. Carrots can be grated and added to salads, sauces and sandwiches.
Whole grains such as whole wheat bread, brown rice and whole grain cereals are great sources of antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation related skin damage. Processed flours can cause a spike in insulin, which in turn can lead to acne breakouts. Consuming whole grains rather than processed carbohydrates such as white bread, can improve skin tone and texture.
Green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and water. The Vitamin C in leafy greens helps the body produce collagen, which is an important component of healthy skin. Vitamin E found in vegetables, helps prevent against skin damage from the sun. Green leafy vegetables can be incorporated into many meals to contribute to healthy looking skin.
Foods which improve skin condition are also beneficial to overall health. Eating a balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, nuts, water and whole grains and cutting back on alcohol, fatty foods and caffeine can provide many benefits.