If you suffer from skin problems, you’ve probably tried a lot of “quick fixes” already. Anything from pimple patches to customized face cleansers can sound like a great way to solve your problem, but you can’t rely on those things alone.
Keeping your skin healthy isn’t limited to how you clean it. In fact, your diet plays a vital role in the health of your skin. To ensure you get the most out of your treatment, here are some foods to incorporate into your diet.
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Tomatoes have lycopene in them, which can help your skin fight aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet light. Adding tomatoes into your diet will help your skin protect itself from the sun when you forget and are delicious, both cooked and cold.
Carrots aren’t just good for your eyes, but they’re also great at clearing out your skin. They’re rich in vitamin A which helps reduce breakouts and discourage cancer cell growth.
Nuts and Seeds
As long as you don’t have an allergy, nuts and seeds are a delicious and healthy way to improve your diet for skincare. They’re rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps fight skin aging free radicals. In general, nuts and seeds are very healthy for you, so they’re a great way to start eating healthier even if you don’t have skin problems.
There are all sorts of teas that can help your skin. Green tea, for example, helps rejuvenate your skin cells. You can also find detoxifying and antioxidizing tea that’s great for both your body and your skin.
Some types of seafood can help improve your skin. Mussels and oysters are high in protein and full of omega-3 fats. They also have zinc which helps your skin heal and prevent infections and acne. Zinc can also help combat dandruff.
Another good seafood to eat is salmon and other types of oily fish such as sardines and anchovies. Salmon helps reduce inflammation and nourish your skin with omega-3 fats.
Avocados are rich in a lot of essential fats and vitamin E. The fats in avocados nourish your skin and hair, while vitamin E helps protect your skin from aging free radicals and skin cancer caused by sun damage.
Berries are a delicious antioxidant that’s rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C does a lot for your skin, such as combating aging, building collagen, and reducing spider veins. So if you want something sweet to munch on, reach for a handful of blueberries and raspberries instead of Oreos or chocolate.
Another fruit to add to your diet is kiwi fruit. Kiwi fruit is filled with vitamin C, and the benefits provided by vitamin C are too great to argue with. Kiwi fruit will reduce signs of aging and wrinkles, keep your skin hydrated, and help produce collagen.
Butternut squash is a classic fall food item, but it’s also great for your skin. It reduces cell damage and is filled with carotenoids, a great antioxidant.
Everyone knows that leafy greens are good for you and this remains true even for your skin. Kale and spinach are both great green vegetables to add to your diet for healthier skin. Kale is full of vitamin A, an antioxidant that encourages healthy skin cell turnover. Spinach can help prevent wrinkles and get plumper skin.
Improving your diet will certainly help your skin, but just like cleansers and treatment plans, it won’t work alone. Especially if you have more severe skin issues. If you’re looking to heal your skin and prevent acne from coming back, working with our aestheticians will be the most effective way at battling acne.
Brittany Lane White, a board-certified family nurse practitioner from Lakeland, Florida, holds a nursing degree from Florida State University. With six years of experience in medical and trauma/surgical ICU in Tampa, she pursued a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Tampa. Her passion for aesthetic medicine grew during her master’s training. In Los Angeles, she completed clinical and injection specialist training at a top 25 Allergan account. Brittany focuses on a natural approach to facial aesthetics, emphasizing confidence and refreshment, not an artificial appearance. Beyond work, she enjoys spinning, travel, reading, and beach weekends with her husband, Brian, and two children, Georgina (Georgie) and Westley.