Food for the Skin for a Better Looking You
The food that we eat does really matter and influence our health in general and the health of our skin. Some health and beauty conscious people spend a lot of money buying expensive beauty products and invest in medical skin treatments, such as Botox injections.
People also ingest dietary supplements that promise better and younger skin. The effectiveness of such supplements is still questionable and varies between different people – if the effects are actually clearly visible. Supplements generally work subtly and over a period of time; there simply is no overnight beauty pill. Caution is advised considering the dose: some supplements can actually harm your body if you take them in excess.
Ultimately, 85% of our skin health depends on the foods we eat and the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants contained therein. Our bodies and our skin also require a consistent level of good hydration: water is the best medium to supply your body with hydration that also feeds your skin.
Let’s identify the different types of vitamins:
Fat Soluble Vitamins
They include Vitamins A, D, E and K. They are stored in the body in the liver and fatty tissues. These vitamins, if taken in excess, could cause harm to your body and lead to toxicity that ultimately would hurt your health. Excretion of these vitamins occurs mostly with bile in our stool, little only in urine.
Water Soluble Vitamins
Lots of vitamins and minerals fall under this category. Vitamins and minerals that belong under this type are Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 B7, B8, B10 and B12. These are called water soluble vitamins because they are absorbed well in the presence of water. These vitamins are less toxic if consumed in excess because they are readily excreted by our body during urination and sweating.
Foods for healthier skin
The perfect way to maintain a healthier skin is a balance of everything from the food that you eat, the skin products that you use, environmental factors, and the number of hours of sleep you get. Here are some foods that contain nutrients beneficial for good skin health.
This fruit is very rich in Vitamins A, C and a good source of antioxidants. It contains lycopene, which helps slows down the development of wrinkles and skin aging caused by free radicals that attack our skin simply by exposure to UV rays. There are some that are saying that this is the healthiest food on earth. Eating tomatoes raw is preferred because cooking removes some of the nutrients.
If you choose to cook however, avoid cooking it in aluminum cookware because the metal of the cookware interacts with the acidity of the tomato. Include the skin and seeds while eating it. The skin contains the highest lycopene and beta-carotene, and the seeds contain a good amount of nutrients.
Almonds are considered a seed and contain a high content of Vitamin E and antioxidants. These nutrients protect the skin against the harmful effects caused by UV rays and other environmental and chemical factors. Almonds also contain fatty acids that provide hydration and make the skin supple. Some beauty products use almond oil as the base because it is so effective for good skin care.
The high levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants contained in Spinach encourages the skin to renew itself and produce new skin cells. Vitamin C is also known to be anti-inflammatory.
Carrots offer a very good source of Vitamin A, a powerful anti-oxidant that protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of Vitamin A can cause damage to the skin lead to dryness, premature wrinkling, acne, skin pigmentation, blemishes and uneven skin tone. They also contain huge amounts of beta-carotene which have anti-aging properties in that they prevent cell damage of the skin.
Green teas are a good source of anti-oxidants which counteract the damage caused by free radicals that are the main source for skin aging. Aside from its slimming effects, green tea also helps the body excrete toxins.
This crop contains lots of vitamins and minerals that our body needs. It is loaded with fiber, beta-carotene, iron, potassium, Vitamins C and E. The skin of sweet potatoes, in particular, contains huge amounts of these nutrients, so scrub them well before cooking and eat the potato with skin.
Most of us have a sweet tooth – admit it. Well, if you have to give in to the sweet craving, choose dark chocolate which is a healthier option compared to milk chocolate which contains more sugar. Dark chocolate contains fibers and is a good source of the anti-oxidant Flavanol. This active nutrient stimulates the lining of the arteries to allowing unhindered blood flow. Better blood flow in turn lowers blood pressure and thus reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease. Flavanols also increase the blood flow to the skin, and strengthen and hydrate the skin.
Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and lemons are rich in Vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Those, as already pointed at above, protect our skin from free radicals due to sun exposure, environmental pollution and even regular smoking. Vitamin C also is essential for collagen production; Collagen is the building block of our skin and a higher level of collagen helps to keep younger and tighter skin.
And naturally, we need to care for our skin topically as well. Aside from good skin hygiene and good practices such as removing make-up before going to bed, using mild cleansers, etc. also use good skin products to moisturize your skin sufficiently.
Our virgin argan oil is always a good finish to your skin care routine. It supplements your nutrient intake through foods by adding essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants to your skin.
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