Here are five foods that contribute to healthy skin
– It is widely understood among professionals from medical doctors to nutritionists that the food you eat has a direct relationship with healthy skin, or the lack thereof. It’s not hard to eat foods that promote skin health – even during the holidays. Let’s look at a few types of food your skin loves.
Pumpkin pie is a holiday favorite, and its main ingredient is great for healthy skin. Pumpkin contains carotenoids, which fight wrinkles and work to neutralize free radicals in your skin. This reduces skin damage and signs of premature aging.
When you eat pumpkin, you’re consuming super-charged enzymes as well as vitamins A, C and E, which help to cleanse your skin and keep it healthy. Pumpkin is also a good food for fiber and water, two more things that conspire to keep your skin looking great.
Did you know that people whose diets consist of plenty of foods with high vitamin C content experience less problems with dry skin and wrinkles than people who consume little of this powerful vitamin? And did you know that strawberries provide a more potent supply of vitamin C than grapefruit and oranges?
Replace “standard” deserts this holiday season with strawberries, which help to fight free radicals and the damage they cause to your skin’s cells. In fact, don’t just eat strawberries during the holidays – eat them all year long for healthier skin.
Try to fit some avocado-based foods into your diet this holiday season, and your skin will thank you for it. This fruit is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, all of which produce a wonderful effect in your skin.
Avocados are high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps the epidermal layer of your skin to hold moisture. Oleic acid also helps to bring new life to damaged skin cells and combat redness and irritation in your facial skin.
Like other skin-healthy foods, olive oil is a great antioxidant against free radicals. But it doesn’t stop there. This style of oil contains anti-inflammatory agents and acts as a great skin softener. Replacing other forms of cooking and salad oil with olive oil is a great start to deriving this oil’s benefits.
Olive oil can also be applied topically to enhance skin softness and smoothness. You can use it as a general massage oil and even as a lip gloss. You’ll be especially pleased with the effects during the upcoming colder months when dry skin is a problem for many.
As delicious as chocolate is, you knew there had to be some other benefits aside from taste. Well, you were right. The cocoa in chocolate adds moisture to create skin that’s more supple and firm. The dark chocolate variety has a significant amount of powerful antioxidants known as flavonols.
The best kind of chocolate for healthy skin contains 70 percent or more cacao. Even a few pieces a day can start improving your skin’s luminosity. As an added benefit, chocolate contains caffeine, which can reduce puffiness in your skin.
DermSurgery Associates of Houston is all about healthy skin. We offer a full menu of skin treatments and preventative screenings to help you keep looking and feeling great. Call us to learn more.
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