Feed Your Face

You are what you eat, especially when it comes to your skin. It is true that certain foods and supplements really do affect our appearance. We now know that acne, psoriasis, eczema and even aging can be influenced by what we place in our mouths. Free radicals, connected to inflammation, damage our cells and breakdown collagen. The result? Wrinkles!

Here’s how you can change your diet and keep your skin supple and soft.

  1. Eat foods containing plenty of antioxidants. Antioxidants such as vitamins A, B complex, C, and E can buffer the damage inflicted by free radicals. You can find these in “the rainbow diet”- a diet with lots of color. This includes brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Think of strawberries,blueberries,kale, spinach, and carrots, just to name a few.
  2. Drink water. You may of heard of drinking the usually recommended eight glasses a day and find it nearly impossible to do. However, it is perfectly acceptable to include fluids such as juices, milk, and even the water in fruits and vegetables toward the daily count. Drinking water keeps your skin hydrated and helps your cells absorb nutrients and get rid of toxins.
  3. Eat foods with high omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are powerful anti- inflammatories. They help stabilize and strengthen the cell membrane. The cell membrane not only keeps harmful things out, but paves the way for nutrients to enter and helps keep water in. This translates to moister, softer, glowing skin. Foods loaded with omega 3 fatty acids are walnuts,salmon, sardines, and flaxseed. Not only is this a boost for your heart, there’s the added bonus of beautiful healthy skin.
  4. Take a supplement. Sometimes we just don’t eat right and sometimes our bodies are under more stress. We gobble up our antioxidants and don’t reign in the free radicals. Inflammation becomes an unwelcome guest. The solution? Supplements are a good safety net. Vitamins A,B complex, C, and E, orally and topically can help. Remember, however, that popping a pill won’t replace a healthy diet. There are hundreds of phytochemicals , all of which need to be in the right balance. Imbalance of these nutrients can lead us to our old enemy, inflammation. Best bet? Stick with a whole food diet rich in variety.