Some foods seem to have a profound effect on our skin’s health. These effects could be either positive or negative. Studies seem to show that foods rich in antioxidants are very good for our skin; that antioxidants have a protective effect on the skin.
If you are looking for foods rich in antioxidants that will benefit your skin’s health, consider the following options: carrots and other yellow or orange-colored vegetables like yellow and orange peppers, all leafy greens like kales and spinach, tomatoes, and legumes; also, most fruits, especially the berry varieties, are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C.
If you want protein-rich foods, consider eating more fish—although studies show to be watchful of mercury consumption, and certain fish like tuna and salmon should be consumed sparingly—sardines are a great everyday choice, and they have the added benefit of being beneficial to brain health (although more on that in another post). Foods rich in processed carbohydrates are known to damage or age our skin.
Keeping skin healthy
It’s important to protect your skin from the sun. The sun’s rays cause the skin to age, become damaged and develop skin cancers (Statistically there are over one million new case of skin cancer in the United States alone every year!).
Remember to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, although a stronger rating is preferable. If you are going to be out in the sun for long periods of time gardening, reading in the park, watching a sporting event, etc., it’s important to wear protective clothing that breathes well so you stay comfortable.
There is clothing that has its own SPF rating, and, while this is beneficial, it’s equally as beneficial to wear sunscreen even under clothing, because the sun can still penetrate most fabrics, especially fabrics that are wet or hanging loose. If you are outside, consider seeking out shade when you can, try and plan any outdoor activity for the times of day when the sun’s rays are not as potent.
The saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it absolutely the truth when it comes to skin health. Keep your skin healthy, young-looking, and vibrant.