You Are What You Eat: How to Heal Your Skin Through Your Diet

You Are What You Eat: How to Heal Your Skin Through Your Diet

We’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat,” when talking about our diet and our physical appearance. And while this adage is often touted as the truth when it comes to maintaining a healthy physique, it’s often less heard in the world of skincare. In fact, recent studies conducted over the past several years have gone on to show that this phrase can be liberally applied to the health and appearance of your skin. In other words, what you eat can change the look, feel and overall wellness of your skin.

If you’re curious about the role that your diet plays in the health and appearance of your skin but not sure where to get started, we’re happy to help. We’ve done the deep-diving and internet sleuthing to get to the nitty gritty details. We’ve gone ahead and have put together the top ways that you can use your diet to heal your skin and easily address a variety of key concerns. Keep reading to get all of the juicy details.

Go Big on Vitamin C

We may all be familiar with the wonders of topical vitamin C, but did you know that eating high levels of vitamin C can also prove to be highly beneficial for your complexion? When consumed, vitamin C works internally to support our immune system, improve our skin’s healing abilities and support collagen production. This, in turn, will help boost the skin’s natural radiance, work to even out skin texture and support firm, supple skin through continued collagen production. To gather the benefits of vitamin C through your diet, try adding extra fruits and veggies, such as citrus, sweet potatoes and berries and get ready to get glowing.

Reach for the Leafy Greens

If you’re searching for another reason to inspire you to reach for more green vegetables, we’re happy to give you a great one. Green vegetables, such as kale and spinach, contain an amazing nutrient known as ‘lutein.’ Lutein is a key component in supporting normal skin cell development and skin cell turnover, keeping the look and feel of your skin consistent and radiant. So, don’t be afraid to reach for that extra salad at dinner, try adding some leafy greens to an omelet or just snack on some celery.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

While we all may be super into hydration when it comes to applying our daily anti-aging moisturizer, so many of us are lacking when it comes to drinking the right amount of water each and every day. By consuming water, AKA “moisture,” we can work to rehydrate our skin from within, battling a dull and dehydrated appearance. When our skin is dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles become more prominent and our skin experiences a not-so-great texture. Make sure that you’re drinking adequate water throughout the day to reap the benefits that hydration brings.

Indulge in a Little Vitamin E

Much like vitamin C, we all probably know and love the benefits of a little bit of topical vitamin E. This important vitamin plays a key role in the health and wellness of our skin, providing protection against free radicals and fighting against both oxidative cell damage and photo-aging. In other words, this vitamin supports our skin in its rebellion against outside stressors that can cause premature signs of aging. Add a boost of vitamin E to your diet through snacking on your favorite seeds and nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds, or add some sliced avocado to your favorite meal.

Say Yes to Healthy Fats

So many of us remember the days when every health guru under the sun came out of the woodworks to preach the evils of consuming fats. But the truth of the matter is that healthy fats can actually play a crucial role in your overall health and wellness. When it comes to your skin, consuming healthy omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in avocados, nuts and fish, can help reduce inflammation in the skin and ease away skin issues such as eczema and rosacea. Try adding some healthy fats back into your diet each day to experience the radiant, less inflamed skin that you’ve been dreaming of.

Go Zen with Zinc

Another amazing contributor on the list of amazing, skin-boosting nutrients is zinc. When consumed, this powerful product works within the innermost layers of the skin to support normalized oil production within your glands. This, in turn, will help your skin lock in moisture while evening out oil production, effectively balancing both oily skin concerns and dryness concerns in one go. In addition to supporting balanced oil production, zinc also plays a key role in supporting the skin’s healing process, promoting a more even, radiant complexion. Slip some zinc into your diet with the perfect combination of seafood, whole grains and red meats.

Toss Out the Processed Foods

We’ve spent most of our time talking about what you should add into your diet - now let’s discuss what you need to cut out. While often the cheapest and easiest option, processed foods can have a detrimental effect on the look and feel of your skin. Many processed foods contain high amounts of sugar, saturated and hydrogenated fats, all of which can contribute to disruption in your skin’s natural balance. By cutting out or limiting the processed foods that you eat, you can avoid this imbalance and keep your skin at its radiant, glowing equilibrium.

We all know that old adage, “You are what you eat.” And it can’t be truer than when it’s applied to the health and wellness of our skin. If you’re having trouble achieving the youthful, radiant complexion of your dreams, take a quick look at what you’re eating day in and day out. By making a few quick updates, adding in some healthy snacks and drinking enough water, you can effectively eat your way to the skin of your dreams, one bite at a time.


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