You may know that drinking water throughout the day can help keep your skin plump, hydrated, and smooth, and that certain skin care products loaded with vitamins and antioxidants can refresh your overall look and skin tone, but what about food? For years now, nutritionists, aestheticians, and health care providers have battled back and forth with the media about how healthy, whole foods can contribute to improved skin and an overall youthful appearance.
Ongoing research reveals that beauty truly does work from the inside out -- meaning that if you exercise regularly and practice good, healthy nutritional habits, you can achieve healthy, glowing skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. According to Jolene Hart, author of Eat Pretty, introducing whole foods to your diet is the best method for looking your best all the time. Although many beauty and health care experts recommend supplementation, Hart says there is no real substitute for healthy, hearty, whole foods such as fruits and vegetables.
Are you interested in improving your appearance naturally through your diet? Check out this list of whole foods and nutrients that can help improve the appearance of your skin, hair, and nails.
Zinc has the ability to heal your skin and balance oil production, which is useful if you frequently suffer from acne. Since your body lacks the ability to store zinc on its own, you should consume mushrooms, chickpeas, and pumpkin seeds -- all of which are rich in zinc. You can also use skin care products that contain zinc, such as ELASTIderm Eye Treatment by Obagi.
Vitamin C has the ability to fight against damage from free radicals, and boosts the production of collagen, which your skin needs to stay strong and elastic. Vitamin C is present in citrus fruits, bell peppers, cabbage, strawberries, kale, and pineapples. You can also complement your vitamin C intake with Vitamin C Scrub with Hyaluronic Acid and C E Peptides by VivierSkin.
Vitamin A is one of the most important ingredients for skin care because it promotes the production of new skin cells and helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and damage from free radicals. Most fruits and vegetables contain high levels of vitamin A, including carrots, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, cantaloupe, apricots, kale, and romaine lettuce.
Vitamin B increases silicone production on your scalp to result in hair that is stronger and more flexible without carrying the risk for snapping and breaking during brushing. To add more vitamin B to your diet, consume foods such as mushrooms, spinach, eggs, oats, bananas, nuts, and seeds.
Protein is often hailed among beauty experts as the building block for nails and hair. Swap out red meat for sources of lean protein such as turkey and chicken, and start adding hemp powder to smoothies to boost your overall protein intake. In addition to consuming foods high in protein, start using skin care products that also contain proteins to reduce visible signs of aging, such as Lumiere RICHE Eye Cream by Neocutis and Youth Serum by iS Clinical.
Foods that contain natural probiotics can improve your digestive health, which aids in the elimination of toxins and unhealthy gut bacteria. The more you’re able to improve your digestion, the better your skin will look as a result of flushing out excess toxins. The best way to boost your probiotic intake is to eat fermented foods such as kimchi, kefir, and sauerkraut, and consume plain, organic yogurt that contains live cultures and lacks sugar and additives.
Do you want to learn more about how skin rejuvenation products and services can help you achieve a more youthful appearance? For more information, call Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center today at (913) 317-9386 or schedule a skincare consultation using our website.