Eating Habits & Skincare

Do you truly want a fabulous, glowing, vibrant, and yes, younger-looking skin? Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating healthy.

"Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look," says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City.

The reverse is true as well, Heller states. The less attention we pay to eating a healthy skin diet, the more problems we may see cropping up with our skin. Most experts say paying attention to balanced nutrition is the best way to make sure you're eating a healthy skin diet.

What you put on your plate is even more important than what you put on your skin! Now, do you know what to add to your plate? Check the following beneficial foods to include to your meals:

Low-Fat Dairy Products

One the most important components of a healthy skin diet is vitamin A. One of the best places to get it is low-fat dairy products. In fact, experts say that the health of our skin cells is dependent on dietary vitamin A.

Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, and Plums

The common link between these four foods is their high antioxidant content. In a study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits weighed in with the highest "total antioxidant capacity" of any food. The benefits of these foods for a healthy skin diet are plentiful.

Salmon, Walnuts, Canola Oil, and Flaxseed

These seemingly unrelated foods all deliver essential fatty acids, and thus are key elements in a healthy skin diet.

Healthy Oils

These contain more than essential fatty acids. Eating good-quality oils helps keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall. Which oils are the right ones for healthy skin? Those labeled cold pressed, expeller processed, or extra virgin are the oils to look for in a healthy skin diet.

Credits: Bouchez, Colette (n.d.) The ABC’s of a Healthy Skin Diet

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