Fight Aging Skin with Food
It’s no question that what we eat has a direct effect on our overall health. Your daily intake of nutrients and vitamin-packed foods can be vastly beneficial to your skin health. With fad diets and must-try trends making their way through mainstream media, it may be difficult choosing which way to lean. However, we have some go-to foods you should try and incorporate into your diet to help nourish your skin and keep that youthful glow.
Through the years, many researchers have found profound information on the correlation between skin and gut health. Certain foods may react with your body in a way that negatively affects your skin, leaving it dry or blemished. Other nutrients can boost your collagen, add in some extra hydration, and even clear unwanted impurities! There are some simple switches you can make, which will add more skin-nourishing foods to your day-to-day lifestyle.
Along with a balanced, active lifestyle, food choice can really help combat signs of aging. When combined with a consistent, proper skincare routine, you can protect and treat a plethora of skin discomforts and aging ailments. For a brighter, healthier, younger-looking complexion, there are some key nutrients to look out for.
1. Healthy fats: Omega-3s, 6s & More
The stigma behind “fatty” food has drastically evolved in the last decade. Research shows there are vital, “healthy fats” our bodies crave and need to age well, including cognitive and physical benefits. There are two main forms of these beneficial fats - monounsaturated & polyunsaturated. Within these two main types fall the well-known omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and more.
These essential fats are huge contenders in healthy brain function, cell growth, and moisture restoration, all key components to maintain a healthy complexion. Some of our go-to favorite fatty foods include:
- Assorted nuts like almonds and walnuts
- Oily fish such as salmon, tuna or trout
- Farm-fresh whole eggs
- Chia & flax seeds
- Olive Oil
2. Essential Vitamins
We talk about the importance of the vitamins we blend our skincare products with, but if you can add in more vitamins daily through diet, it can slow down your body’s aging process. This sets you up with youthful skin, as well as, improves and maintains overall physical vitality. Vitamin-rich foods give your body the fuel it needs to function properly and glow from the inside, out. The big anti-aging, vital ones include Vitamin A, B-Complex Vitamins, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.
All of these vitamins are in our eb5 products so, in addition to ingesting these essential nutrients having a well-rounded skincare routine will help you age with grace. If you’re looking to make sure you’re getting enough of these vitamins in your food reach for:
- Dark chocolate (yes, you read that right! Pure dark chocolate is packed with vitamins A, B, E and amazing amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, and plant-based antioxidants!)
- Sweet potatoes
- Blueberries (also a powerful antioxidant that can protect your skin from the sun, stress & pollutants!)
- Oranges & grapefruit
- Green veggies like brussel sprouts and broccoli
- Leafy greens like spinach & kale or basil
- Red bell peppers
3. Complex Carbs
Healthy skin doesn’t entail cutting out all of your favorite dishes and treats. There are ways to incorporate yummy and nourishing food that’s flavorful and satisfying, including carbs! Now, unfortunately, your skin won’t thank you for a bag of chips or daily bagels. However, when you opt for low-glycemic or complex carbs, you are actually providing your body with extra skin-loving nutrition! Stick to whole grains and healthy-carb foods such as:
- Shredded wheat
- Brown Rice
- Bananas (also a great source of potassium & vitamins)
4. Lean Protein
The world of protein is vast and covers an array of food choices. When looking for anti-aging and skin-friendly proteins, you want to opt for lean! Lean protein is a key component in building up more collagen, which means firmer, plumper skin. Adding in various lean protein each week is a great way to take in some collagen-pumping nutrients. Some top contenders include:
- Lean beef or pork
- Oily fish
5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
One of the simplest ways to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to keep your skin healthy and young is hydration. Without proper hydration, aging can rapidly increase in addition to other decreased functions and vitality. Not only should we hydrate our skin with a proper moisturizer twice daily, shooting for at least eight 8 oz glasses of water every day will give your skin the hydration it needs to flourish.
Foods to Avoid for Healthy Skin
Knowing which foods to incorporate into your daily lifestyle to boost your skin health is just one part of the equation. It’s also important to note some foods you should avoid. As we age, there are some big-time blemish-inducing food groups that should be avoided or minimized.
These foods not only lend to the appearance of blemishes, but they can also dehydrate and toxify your skin, allowing more room for wrinkles, age spots, and dark circles, among other impurities. Key culprits include:
- High-glycemic foods like white rice and processed sugar & other sodium-packed food
- Too much caffeine can dehydrate and dry out your skin, sticking to one cup and plenty of water throughout the day is a good alternative!
- Processed and high-saturated fatty meats
Skin-Nourishing Avocado Salad Recipe
Looking for a quick, easy salad that’s packed of skin-enriching foods that will leave you super hydrated, glowing and full? Take a peek at one of our favorite dishes perfect for any meal or side!