You Are What You Eat!

nutrition and healthy skinThe skin-care product industry has doubled and quadrupled in the past decade. People all over the world spend billions of dollars on cosmetics.  Skin care products have grown scientifically. The number of studies used for creating the perfect skincare product is staggering. Ironically, the science behind effective skincare is simpler than most people think.

As with most health benefits, it comes down to lifestyle. The things you can do to beautify your skin are remarkably similar to what you can do to strengthen your heart, control your weight, lift your mood and live longer and better: Get regular exercise, sleep enough and eat well. Of course, what you eat to improve your skin tone, texture, evenness and clarity might be different from what you eat to avoid serious health issues.

Despite the seemingly countless cosmetic products promising to combat the signs of aging, it still happens. As you age, your skin loses its elasticity and ability to retain moisture. Over time, these sensitive tissues, especially those most often exposed to the sun, begin to show fine lines and wrinkles. Many people try to hold onto the healthful glow and firmness of younger skin through expensive creams and rejuvenating facials. There is no doubt that skin and hair should be treated with care. But, in addition to this, you might be able to improve your skin’s youthful appearance by carefully choosing what foods you consume.

Keeping your body healthy may help you maintain a fresh complexion. Staying hydrated by drinking water and eating fruits and vegetables full of fluids can help moisturize your skin and flush out damaging toxins. Loading your diet with foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants — such as citrus fruits, broccoli, berries and leafy greens — can also give your skin the nutrients needed to retain a more youthful look.

Some studies have shown that consuming vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium in your diet can help prevent damage from ultraviolet rays and improve the look of wrinkles and other sun-related signs of aging. You can find vitamin C in citrus fruits and broccoli, vitamin E in whole grains, turkey. Soybeans and other soy products have proven effective in firming compromised skin tissues. On the other hand, diets that are high in fat and carbohydrates, and whole milk are being blamed for more wrinkles on the skin. Foods and drinks high in alcohol and caffeine dehydrate the skin, which accelerates the aging process and the development of wrinkles.

A healthy and balanced diet is good for your overall health and for your skin. Preventative measures like protecting your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays by using sunscreen that contains both UVA and UVB rays are also essential to health and beautiful skin. Protective hats and visors are highly recommended as well.

There is a new global awareness for youthful appearances and how to retain them.  It is a well-known fact that people are living longer and look a lot younger than their grandparents did.  Seeking advice for those in the know and maintaining the proper balance of exercise and nutrition goes far in the retention of youth and the staving off of wrinkles.

Source: “Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skin.” Discovery Health. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.

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