As we age, our skin starts to lose its natural glow and elasticity. Naturally, in this case, our first thought is that we should invest in expensive cosmetic aids to increase and maintain the firmness of facial skin, while also boosting its radiance. Here’s the advice that I give you as a skin care specialist: before focusing on finding the treatment that will keep your aging skin in excellent condition, start by adjusting your diet. After all, you are what you eat, and your incorrect dietary choices will inevitably be reflected by your skin, by becoming a part of your body’s outer fabric. How can you make smarter nutritional decisions? You could try to include the super healthy (and tasty) ingredients listed below in your daily diet, drink plenty of water and get enough sleep on a day-to-day basis. All these changes will help you look and feel like a completely different person in only a few weeks.
Dairy Products (Low-Fat Ones)
Low-fat dairy products represent excellent sources of vitamin A, a potent compound that contributes to skin health. If you have a thyroid problem or diabetes, it is even more important to consume vitamin A-rich low-fat dairy foods, because your body may not be able to transform beta carotene extracted from different other products (such as carrots) into vitamin A.
Fruits with a High Antioxidant Content
Aside from foods packed with vitamin A that stimulate your digestive system, guaranteeing a healthier-looking skin, you should also try to eat a mix of four fruits that are extremely beneficial for your complexion, due to their high concentration of antioxidants. Plums, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are the healthy and tasty snacks that will help you prevent free radical damage and get closer to your beauty goal: a sculptural, youthful skin.
Foods Containing a Large Amount of Essential Fatty Acids
Try to include more than a few servings of salmon, walnuts, flax seeds and canola oil in your diet. All these super foods contain a high dosage of fatty acids, which do wonders for your cell membranes. Healthier cell membranes ensure a higher protection against several harmful elements that could try to disrupt your system, and also tend to do a better job as pathways for nutrient transportation.
Foods Rich in Selenium
If you feel the need to add a few more tasty ingredients to your daily diet to boost skin health and radiance, opt for brazil nuts, turkey, tuna, cereals and muffins. You may be wondering: what do these options actually have in common? They all contain an ideal dosage of selenium, the element that limits the level of oxidative damage undergone by our skin. According to recent research, oral doses of selenium, vitamin A, vitamin E and copper could succeed in preventing the formation of sunburn cells.
Want to find a quick way to upgrade your salad without adding a calorie-rich dressing? Add a few drops of oil (preferably no more than 2 tsp per day). Oils are exceptional sources of essential fatty acids and keep your skin properly lubricated and healthier-looking. It is advisable to buy and use expeller processed, cold processed and extra virgin options, which work best for your skin.
Whether you’re having a hard time trying to make wiser dietary decisions or want to find the most adequate cosmetic products that are compatible with the unique needs of your complexion, I am here to help you do what’s best for your skin. Schedule your first appointment with me and let’s find out what your skin is actually craving for.