You’ve probably heard time and time again, “you are what you eat” and “don’t eat too much chocolate or it’ll make you break out!” This old wives-tale has been proven to be a myth. However the saying “you are what you eat” has truth to it.
Everybody has reactions to what they consume; it could be as small as some extra oil on your skin, to severe allergies and hives. What we eat will either help or hinder our bodies and that includes our skin. Here are some tips for eating healthy for your skin:
Eat foods rich in antioxidants:
Antioxidants are a term that many people are familiar with these days. If you put “high in antioxidants” on a label, it’s bound to sell better. Antioxidants are extremely important and good for the skin because they are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. When a molecule becomes oxidized it slows it down and could kill it. Antioxidants are beneficial to the skin because they help fight free radical damage.
A free radical is a molecule that steals electrons from other molecules; if it continues to do this it could damage your DNA and speed up signs of aging, making you look older faster. It could also lead to cancer. This is why wearing sunscreen is so important too because it helps block the rays that could damage the skin causing free radical damage.
If you are prone to breaking out, eating foods with Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon are good to eat. This has been proven to help prevent and reduce inflammation in the epidermis. An easy way to consume this regularly is to take fish oil pills or omega-3 pills.
Eating plenty of foods with vitamin C and vitamin A have anti-aging benefits. They help improve and maintain a more youthful appearance of your skin. They help keep the skins elasticity tone and firm. Some examples of fruit containing these vitamins are oranges, grapefruit, papaya, guava, and mango. Dark chocolate, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are yummy and are packed with antioxidants.
Drinking green tea and white tea is also a good source of antioxidants as well. Don’t forget, drinking plenty of water is the best thing you can do for your skin. It helps flush out all the toxins and hydrate from the inside out. To ensure hydration and trap the moisture on the surface of your skin, you can also bring a hydrating mist and spray your face throughout the day. Be sure to take good care of yourself. Eating well will help you feel good on the inside and look your best for the rest of your life!
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