Did you know that there are many different ways to help your skin, besides moisturizers and creams? Some of these products are even already in your home, if you just know where to look for them. There are so many fruits and vegetables, and even some sweet treats that are just filled with antioxidants and nutrients ready to aid and repair your skin from the inside out.
Celebrity dermatologist Lisa Airan shares her philosophy on the relationship between eating well and beautiful skin.
Think of your body like a Ferrari. If you put in high quality fuel, it will run beautifully, whereas if you add cheap, contaminated oil, the engine will break down. I firmly believe that there are five points to good living: balance through a healthy diet, regular exercise, spirituality, stress reduction, and cosmetic dermatology. By creating a healthy environment inside and out, your skin will radiate health, beauty, and youth.
In no particular order, here are the kitchen foods that your skin (and body!) will love:
1. Sweet Potatoes
This superfood is not just a Thanksgiving favorite! Each of these brightly colored sweet potatoes is full of vitamin C, which is a necessary building block for the production of collagen. With every delicious bite you are helping your skin’s elasticity and youthfulness. Sweet potatoes are a more nutritious and less fattening alternative than mashed potatoes. Happy holidays indeed!
Our bodies are full of free radicals, which are unstable molecules that are harmful to the body, as well as stress, alcohol, drugs, and other harmful things we ingest. To counteract these free radicals, the body needs a steady stream of antioxidants to fight off the stress and pollution. That is where pomegranates really shine. Pomegranates are full of antioxidants and are therefore a great food to eat to help cleanse your body of its toxins.
A tomato a day keeps the doctor away! I may have taken a few artistic liberties with that classic saying, but these red, juicy fruits are jam packed with healthy vitamins and nutrients, including 7 percent of your suggested daily fiber intake. They are also a great source of beta-carotene, which helps repair any damage your skin has suffered from sun exposure.
These nuts may be tiny, but they pack a punch! Each crunchy bite is full of body cleansing antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which help battle a multitude of illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and depression. Just keep a small stash of these nuts on you at all times for a healthy and filling snack break.
The sweet taste of blueberries is not their only reward. Each tiny berry is full of antioxidants and vitamins. Not only do these nutrients help aid the brain and heart in maintaining proper health, but they also help boost the immune system to protect you from illness. Talk about an easy way to stay healthy!
One of the more brightly colored fruits, kiwi are as pretty as they are good for you. Filled with enzymes that aid digestion and help cleanse the body of toxins, these fuzzy fruits also contain Vitamin E, an essential ingredient in skin repair and maintenance. So do your skin a favor and slice up some emerald bites for a jolt of skin and body rejuvenation.
Feeling dry? Spinach contains an extremely high level of vitamin A, which is instrumental in retaining moisture in the skin. Adding this leafy green to your diet can help deter a multitude of skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and wrinkles. It makes a simple and delicious addition to your diet, with high results. Now that’s an easy choice.
Bright eyes, big city! This could be you, with a healthy portion of salmon in your life. Thanks to concentrated omega-3 fatty acids, each forkful of this delicious pink fish contains vitamins and nutrients that help keep your eyes bright, your hair shiny, and your skin firm. Feeling low on vitamin D? Skip that day in the sun and eat four ounces of salmon for a full day’s dose.
It may seem unlikely that these hard shelled sea creatures that live off plankton should be full of nutrients, but oysters are truly an excellent source of vitamins for the human body. One great element is the high dose of Vitamin B, which is a natural energy booster. It transforms carbohydrates into energy and needs to be consumed daily. The more energy you have, the better you can exercise and take care of your body’s needs.
10. Dark Chocolate
We know you don’t need any persuasion to savor a square of chocolate, but now you can do so guilt-free. Dark chocolate is actually full of those anti-aging fighting antioxidants that are fabulous for the skin. While it’s important to keep moderation in mind, if you have a sweet tooth that just must have a treat every once in a while, a few squares of dark chocolate are a great choice. Dr. Airan’s favorite chocolate is from Jean-Paul Hevin in Paris. Doctor recommended sweets, what more can you ask for?