We’ve all heard the old adage, “you are what you eat.” There is a reason why that statement has stood the test of time, because it’s true. Skin is the largest human organ, followed by the liver. It only makes sense that what you put in your body, would eventually make its way to the surface of the dermis.
Foods that are high in processed sugars and saturated fats can really leave an undesirable imprint on your skin, and can also put a damper on your metabolism, leading to weight gain and increased inflammation. People overlook the term ‘inflammation’. In reality, increased inflammation is a common launching pad for many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular and bowel diseases, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Inflammation also is a contributor to auto-immune diseases like psoriasis. Avoiding foods like processed meats, dairy and processed sugars is a good jumping-off point for those that are trying to turn the condition of their skin around.
As the scientific world learns more, it’s becoming abundantly clear that what we eat can significantly impact the health and aging of our skin. So, what can be done?
Take a decade off your skin by combining a nutritional skincare routine with customized laser resurfacing treatments. Laser & Dermatology Institute specializes in skin rejuvenation and laser resurfacing. Come visit us today for an in-depth cosmetic consultation. With locations in Los Angeles, Covina and Newport Beach, we make your next visit convenient. Contact us today for a FREE consultation! 888.585.3993
SuperFoods for Healthy Skin
Here are some nutrient-rich foods that are rife with antioxidants, micronutrients and omegas to help plump, revitalize and brighten up tired skin. Fighting inflammation by way of diet is the best way to get the results you desire. When you combine the proper diet with LDI’s skin resurfacing and rejuvenation services, you’ll be well on your way to aging in reverse.
- Fatty Fish – Plump up the surface of your skin by incorporating more fatty fish into your diet. Fish like salmon, mackerel and herring are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Not only should omega-3s be a vital component to any balanced diet, but they are an absolute necessity for soon-to-be-mothers. If you are experiencing unusually dry skin, it may be that you’re not meeting your daily omega-3 fatty acid requirements. Omega-3s help reduce inflammation and works to keep skin thick, supple and moisturized. Increasing your omega-3 intake can even help your skin be less susceptible to harmful UV rays. Fatty fish also has a substantial amount of zinc and vitamin E. Both of which are tremendously helpful for maintaining a healthy glow.
- Red & Yellow Bell Peppers – Talk about a superfood! Peppers are packed with anti-aging nutrients. Have you ever heard your Los Angeles dermatologist talk about the importance of Vitamin C? Well, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and is often recommended for topical use to treat photoaging and hyperpigmentation. While topical use isn’t bad by any stretch, consuming foods that are rich in the vitamin is a surefire way to get them into your system. A study conducted in the UK, found that women linked eating plenty of vitamin C to a reduction in wrinkles and dry skin. Another natural gift that peppers offer is an abundance of beta-carotene, which when consumed your body converts into vitamin A. Serving up 1 cup of chopped bell peppers is the equivalent of 92% of your recommended daily dose of vitamin A, and 317% for vitamin C. By bypassing the potato chips and pairing some chopped peppers with hummus, you’d be doing your skin a huge favor.
- Avocados – Ah, the avocado. The green butter of our time. Avocados seem to be in everything these days and are an unavoidable accoutrement to most salads, sandwiches and wraps. Avocados score high in the healthy fats department. They contain both vitamin E & C. Which interestingly enough, when combined with vitamin C, vitamin E has been found to be more effective. Americans actually do not get enough vitamin E, so swap out the deli meats and add some avocado to your next sandwich. Your skin will thank you.
So in conclusion, ditch the sugars, stay away from large amounts of alcohol and back off the dairy and processed meats. Sounds like a drag, but once you see the positive impact a healthier diet can have on your skin and overall attitude, you’ll be forever convinced.
Take years off of your skin by combining a nutritional skincare routine with customized laser resurfacing treatments. Laser & Dermatology Institute specializes in skin rejuvenation and laser resurfacing. Come visit us today for an in-depth cosmetic consultation. With locations in Los Angeles, Covina and Newport Beach, we make your next visit convenient.
Contact LDI today for a FREE cosmetic consultation! 888.585.3993