Make Your Skin Glow With These Super Foods

Dry, oily, combination, acne or aging, there are a lot of different skin types out there. It can be confusing on what treatments are best for each skin type.

I have been one of the lucky ones who haven’t ever had to worry about bad facial breakouts, even in middle and high school. Sure, I got the occasional pimple here and there and thought it was the end (and at that age, some days it was!). I now, of course, consider myself lucky, especially the older I am getting.

If your gene pool wasn’t as kind to you, there are a lot of different things that can be done to balance out the skin’s pH balance. Sure, there are a lot of medications that are designed specifically for different skin types and problems, which is great for extreme cases, but you may not need to go that far.

Nutrient Imbalance

The problem usually occurs when the nutrients in our bodies work together. It doesn’t sound like a problem on the surface because they are working together, but when oxidation occurs, it throws things off, so to speak — the body needs more and different nutrients to restore those that have been lost. This is where a healthy and balanced diet really comes into play.

Check out these super foods for different skin types from Shape Magazine:

Acne:

  • Vitamin A: Sweet potatoes, leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), broccoli, orange and yellow produce (carrots, peppers, cantaloupe)
  • Zinc: Raw oysters, fortified breakfast cereal (like Total), turkey, beef sirloin, pork loin, part-skim ricotta
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Flax seed, canola oil, soybean oil

Dry and dull:

  • Niacin: Chicken, canned light tuna, pork chops, beef sirloin, wheat flour, cornmeal
  • Biotin: Eggs, avocado, salmon
  • Omega-3 fatty acid: Flaxseed, canola oil, soybean oil

Signs of aging:

  • Vitamin A: Sweet potatoes, leafy greens, broccoli, orange and yellow produce (carrots, peppers, cantaloupe)
  • Vitamin C: Red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower
  • Vitamin E: Nuts (almonds), sunflower seeds, vegetable oils (sunflower and safflower), tomato products (pasta sauce), pureed tomatoes, spinach
  • Plant polyphenols: Green tea, chocolate (a couple ounces a day)

You can more than likely see a pattern here: fresh fruits and vegetables along with healthy oils, nuts and lean cuts of meat can help with our skin’s appearance. A healthy diet also helps with weight gain and maintenance — double bonus!

Don’t Forget the Water

I remember when I was in high school standing in line at the Secretary of State and noticed a woman who had the most beautiful skin I had ever seen. I asked her what her secret was and she said that she drinks a lot of water. I was amazed that that is all she had to do to have that great, flawless and yes, perfect skin.

It’s true that drinking water improves the look and feel of a person’s skin. Here are some great benefits that water does for your skin:

  • Carries nutrients to every cell in your body
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Improves circulation and blood flow
  • Increases elasticity

It is still recommended that most individuals drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. This varies depending on how much exercise you get, your age and how much you weigh. Also, if the temperature is hot, more water may be necessary as well.

So drink up and keep that skin looking young and healthy.

Do you have any beauty tips on how you keep your skin healthy?

Resource: Web MD Photo credit: My Tudut

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