Some say that beauty is skin deep. What you eat though can
affect the aging process of your skin, so in a sense, beauty is a whole lot
Just as certain foods can benefit specific organs, like fish
oils for the heart and calcium for bones, you can use nutrition to benefit the
appearance of how you age. Foods that cause inflammation seem to speed up the
aging process. Foods that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory
compounds, like those in the Mediterranean diet, have been shown to slow aging,
according to a Harvard
University study of almost 5,000 women. Here are more ways you can look
your best by eating right.
Fatty fish, flaxseeds, nuts, olive oil, avocados and omega
fatty supplements feed the skin cell walls. Paula Simpson, a nutricosmetics
formulation expert and beauty nutritionist tells
Fox News: “If the skin cell walls are plump and healthy, the skin will look
more hydrated and dewy as well.”
Antioxidants like vitamin C, ellagic and punicalagin helps
the skin preserve collagen, fight free radical damage and become smooth.
Pomegranates have all three. Debra Jaliman, MD, an assistant professor of
dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, tells
Fitness Magazine, to consume both the seeds and the juice from this fruit
to get all the skin-healthy benefits.
Combat Sun Damage
If you’re a fan of wine, then you know what resveratrol is.
It’s the anti-inflammatory found in grapes that gives reds and whites their
healthy benefits. Not a drinker? Just eat grapes. “Many people think it slows
the aging process, plus it may fight the effects of UV light and sun damage.
But you still need to use your sunscreen,” says Debra Jaliman, MD. She is a New
York dermatologist and author of Skin Rules, tells
Prevent Adult Acne
If you can get organic meat and organic milk, it’s worth the
extra cost. “Hormones in traditionally produced dairy, poultry, and meat may
contribute to acne,” dermatologist Katie Rodan, MD, tells
Prevention Magazine. Anecdotally she says patients who choose grain-fed
beef and poultry and organic dairy notice their skin looks better.
Have More Youthful Hair
Protein is a big part of a gorgeous beautiful head of hair.
It’s a major factor in boosting keratin (protein found in outer layer of strong
strands). Many shampoos and hair treatments contain keratin, but you can also
boost it with your diet. “[It] protects your hair from environmental factors
that can cause dry, brittle hair, as well as from damage done when using high
heat to style your hair,” says Soriyya Bawa, anti-aging expert with agein.com.
Animal sources of protein also provide iron, a nutrient Bawa recommends for
thinning hair. It supports the scalp and forming of follicles.