Feeding Your Face!
Posted on: November 22, 2015
Most people do not realize that what we put into our bodies plays a big role in the health of our skin. Instead, we rely on the latest skin care products to improve skin health, specifically on our faces. In reality, we should be focusing on diet and nutrition for facial skin health improvement.
First, if you have a skin condition such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea or acne, it could be a sign of a food allergy or sensitivity. These could be triggering an inflammatory response, causing outbreaks on the skin. Elimination diets are a great way to see what foods or ingredients are causing reactions.
Water is very important for healthy skin. Our skin is, in fact, an organ, so needs sufficient water to maintain hydration. Without proper hydration, our organs don't function properly, and neither does skin.
Of course, the food we eat greatly determines how healthy our skin is. Without proper vitamin and nutrients, our skin will react negatively, just like the rest of our bodies.
Make sure you eat foods high in vitamin C, which fight free radicals. Free radicals damage skin cells and breaks down collagen. Antioxidants fight inflammation, and can be found in a wide range of foods, such as blueberries, olive oil, and green tea.
Carotenoids also have many benefits to skin health by reducing skin cell damage. Carotenoids are found in watermelon, squash, and carrots. Selenium, found in nuts, has also been shown to protect the skin from sun damage.
Foods to avoid include chocolate, breads, and milk. These are all linked to oily skin and inflammation, leading to an increase in acne.
There is a lot you can do to help improve your skin health. If products aren't working, you should try adding better nutrition to your skin care routine.