They may say that beauty is only skin deep but it also comes from within. We know that it’s important what we put into our bodies in order to protect our health and that certain foods are very good for particular organs or parts of the body. We may not always view the skin in the same way, but our skin is in fact the body’s largest organ. Consequently, it makes sense that we take steps to look after our skin however we can.
Some people believe that we are what we eat, so let’s examine what kinds of foods are recommended for taking care of our skin.
Providing your body with enough vitamins is a great way to look after your skin. Vitamin A is found in many different foods and helps to lessen damage to the skin from sunlight and to reduce lines and wrinkles. A lack of vitamin A can lead to the skin becoming dry and itchy. Vitamin C is found in many types of fruits and vegetables, including apples, oranges, strawberries, broccoli, and spinach, as well as in supplements. Vitamin C also reduces lines and wrinkles on the skin and along with vitamin E it protects the skin from dryness and sun damage.
These vitamins, as well as foods containing beta-carotene such as cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkins, bell peppers, carrots, squash, kale, and spinach, are antioxidants, which are very good for the skin. They’re able to repair damage caused by free radicals, which are molecules that hurt skin cells and age the skin’s appearance.
Alpha-lipoic acid or ALA is an antioxidant that also acts against free radicals to maintain healthy skin, but our bodies produce little of it. ALA is found in Brussels sprouts, broccoli, heart, kidney, liver, and spinach, and you can also obtain it in supplements. In addition, when we consume protein, our body transforms this into amino acids. Some of these are antioxidants that protect the skin from sunlight but also from free radicals that are created made when we eat certain foods.
We hear a great deal about how fats are bad for us, but it’s important to remember that there are also healthy fats. Fat provides our skin with a certain glow and keeps it moist and flexible, while too little can make the skin wrinkled and dry. Our bodies can’t make the fat that’s contained in Omega-3 fatty acids but we need it for our health. Avocados, nuts, seeds, and some types of fish contain fats that are good for our skin.
Minerals play a vital role in skin care. Zinc helps to protect the skin from sun damage and also aids the skin’s recovery after injury. Selenium is another mineral that can protect your skin from sunlight.
As a final point, one of the most important, and indeed the simplest, ways to take care of your skin is with water. Make sure to drink plenty of water, which will adequately moisturize the skin and also flush out toxins from the bloodstream. Water helps the skin look smooth and makes it supple, so be sure that you’re always staying well hydrated.
So, in order to protect your skin, choose a balanced diet that can supply your body with enough vitamins, minerals, proteins, and healthy fats, adding nutritional supplements such as multivitamins where needed. Limit your sugar intake, engage in exercise, get enough sleep, and take steps to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
Beauty does indeed come from within and at Breeze Laser and Medi-Spa we look after your health and wellness from the inside out. Visit us today for a consultation so that we can determine the best treatment for you.