Want radiant, healthy-looking skin? Consider what you’re putting into your body, which could have a direct effect on the outside – starting with your face.
Below are some foods that really help to clear up skin and give it that healthy glow that everyone wants.
Foods That Heal Inside Out
According to dermatologists, the outer layer of skin (known as the epidermis), which covers the healthy, living layers of skin that lie beneath, is dead. Cells of the epidermis are what are shed regularly as we wash and exfoliate our skin to reveal that healthy skin underneath.
Those underlying layers of living tissue are fed through the oxygen and nutrients from our blood. If your blood is full of toxins or your arteries are clogged with cholesterol and plaque, your skin won’t be fed properly. As a result, your skin may appear splotchy, dull, discolored, blemished, etc.
Healthy eating and exercise directly affects how your skin looks. Eating fatty, greasy or junk foods only clog your arteries, stagnate blood circulation and make you ill – and your skin reflects all of it. Looking at your skin can tell someone whether or not you’re healthy on the inside in most cases. So start with what you’re eating and get the beautiful skin you can be proud of. Here are a few foods that help:
Fruits and vegetables are two powerhouses by themselves when it comes to your skin. They provide a boatload of age-defying, wrinkle-busting antioxidant power, which fights back free radicals and many of those toxins that make our skin look so bad. Fruits and veggies are always at the top of the list of foods to eat whenever you’re trying to get healthy on the inside, so they are a given – especially leafy green vegetables.
Water is also a given. You need lots of H2O in order to keep your skin hydrated and less prone to blemishes. Water washes away the impurities in the body from the inside out. So in addition to thoroughly cleansing our skin externally, you’ve got to keep that stream of water flowing within as well. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day – more if you’re very active or overweight.
Eating oily fish is also great for your skin, because they, too, keep the skin hydrated or lubricated so that it’s not dry and dull looking. These natural oils found in fish will provide the radiance and glow that you need, without the need for tons of moisturizing cream on the outside.
If you’re hydrated and oiled up internally, there’s not much need for external reinforcement. That being said, other types of food oils may not be good for you; olive oil and safflower oil are exceptions. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish will further protect the skin from free radical damage and keep the skin stronger and more elastic for that coveted youthful look.
Whole grains, nuts and lean meats provide collagen strength to keep your skin cells strong and elastic. Lean meats and nuts further provide the fat that your body needs to absorb certain vitamins, which target the skin. Whole grain provides good carbohydrates that keep insulin levels regulated and, thus, keep your skin blemish-free and looking great.