Everyone ages. To think that you can stop the effects of time on your skin is a silly thought and one that causes people to really overdo it on the cosmetic surgery, injections, and skincare fads font. Everyone has some sort of skin concern, whether it is dryness, excess oil, dark spots, or acne. One of the easiest ways to help your skin age gracefully and appear its best is through your diet. Diet is just as important as the other components of your skin regiment, which should definitely include daily sunscreen use, a gentle cleanser, and quality facial oil and other products that are specific to your skin type and skin needs.
Did you know that acne, psoriasis, dry skin, rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles, and dull skin could all be partially linked to your diet? What you put into your body will eventually show up on the surface. While we’ve talked about the importance of lycopene, protein, vitamin A, C, and E, omega-3, and sufficient water intake, there are a few other key players that you need to include in your diet to keep your skin looking its best.
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that is critical for the enzymes in your body that are responsible for fatty acid metabolism. While very few people are truly deficient in biotin, eating biotin-rich foods is important to help protect your skin against environmental damage and moisture loss. Your skin cells are actually the first ones to exhibit symptoms when biotin levels are low. Fortunately, biotin-rich foods are common and delicious. Egg yolks, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, almonds, and walnuts are all good sources of biotin.
Sulfur is a highly important mineral for skin health and overall wellness. A sulfur deficiency has been linked to many inflammatory and degenerative diseases, as well as the breakdown of collagen in our skin, which leads to wrinkles and premature signs of aging. Sulfur is also necessary to the synthesis of glutathione, which is one of the most important antioxidants. Remember that antioxidants play a critical role in fighting free radicals, which are one of the leading threats to our skin. Foods like kale, garlic, onions, Brussel sprouts, egg yolks, fish, and poultry are excellent sources of sulfur.
Selenium is a powerhouse antioxidant that helps to ward off inflammation and free radicals. Acne has been linked to low-levels of selenium. Oxidative damage on the skin can appear in the form of visible signs of aging and a dull complexion. A diet rich in selenium will help your skin fight off environmental damage and boost your skin’s radiance. Brazil nuts, fish, spinach, chicken, and turkey all contain this important antioxidant.
Zinc deficiency is unfortunately a common one. Zinc plays a critical role in supporting our immune system. It has healing properties, which benefits damaged skin. Acne has also been linked to low-levels of zinc in the body. Our skin needs all the help it can get since it is constantly exposed to the elements and an abundance of free radicals. You want zinc on your side! Oysters and other shellfish, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, cashews, mushrooms, spinach, and chicken all contain this valuable mineral.
The great thing about eating a healthy skin diet aside from the amazing effects it will have on your skin is that the foods your skin craves are also incredibly important and valuable for the rest of your body. The sooner we realize how important diet and nutrition is to our health and wellness, the sooner we will be feeling, performing, and looking our best. It is far easier to eat healthy now and take care of your one and only body than to try and fix the damage later.