Food for the Complexion
Many of us would consider our appearance to be an important part of our daily interactions with people. In particular, our face is especially important, and this is why some of us strive for a glowing complexion. So let’s face it, how many of us have been lured by those commercials that advertise anti-aging creams or products that claim to clear your skin of all imperfections? I sure have. Buying these products is more tempting when you start getting older and start to notice a few wrinkles or spots here and there. You might even develop an extra wrinkle when you look at some of the prices for these miracle creams. We are heavily influenced by the media, and not surprisingly, some of us do spend a lot of money to buy whatever it is we can to make ourselves look better. If you’re not getting results then perhaps we should start with the basics. Food! What are you eating? You can’t expect to have glamorous skin if you’re eating unhealthy. Personally, I think that having a balanced diet will give you better long-term results than having a shelf full of face products. Any expert will tell you that eating a healthy diet is good for your skin. Dermatologists recommend that you eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants. Vitamins A, B3, C, and E, and beta-carotene are antioxidants that are extremely effective in reducing damage to the skin. In addition, Omega-3 fatty acids help fight off toxins and pollutants by strengthening the outer layer of the skin.
Here is a list of foods you might want to add to your cart next time you go grocery shopping!
Almonds – Vitamin E
Blueberries- Source of antioxidants
Walnuts – Fatty acids
Green Tea – Source of antioxidants
Avocados – Vitamin B3
Mangoes – Vitamin A
Acerola Cherries – Great source of Vitamin C
Flaxseeds/Flaxseed Oil – Omega 3s
Tomatoes/Tomato sauce & paste – Lycopene (fights off free radicals)
Sweet Potatoes – Vitamin C
Carrots – Vitamin A
In summary, having a healthy diet is one of many factors to that will keep your skin looking young and beautiful. The items on the list are only a few examples. Just remember to try to eat different colored foods. Oh, and let’s not forget to get sleep, exercise, and drink plenty of water! We’ll probably discuss these topics later!