Nutrients That Keep Your Skin Healthy

Nutrients That Protect And Strengthen Your Skin

There are many nutrients that can help your skin stay healthy and young. Some of these include:

Vitamin C bolsters your immune system, but it is also an important antioxidant that helps to eliminate free radicals from your body. Unchecked, free radicals damage cells inside the body including skin cells. You can get vitamin C into your diet by eating broccoli, kiwi, oranges, bell peppers, strawberries, and pineapples.

Vitamin E is also an antioxidant that helps to protect your skin cells. It isn’t as common in foods as vitamin c, but it can be found in sunflower seeds, almonds, and dark leafy greens like kale and spinach.

Beta-Carotene is another antioxidant that it good from your skin. You can get beta-carotene from sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, and cantaloupe.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids play an important role in keeping your cell membranes healthy. This allows your skin cells to retain needed moisture so your skin stays soft and supple. Omega-3 fatty acids may also help fight inflammation. You can get omega-3 fatty acids from salmon and other seafood.

Things To Avoid

While many foods and beverages benefit your skin, others can cause inflammation and contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are important proteins that keep your skin firm and flexible. With less collagen and elastin, your skin will have more wrinkles and fine lines.

In most cases, you should avoid foods with a high-glycemic index that can lead to spikes in blood sugar. It is also wise to avoid simple carbohydrates and refined sugar. Soda, candy, pastries, sugary fruit juices, and other processed foods can often take a toll on your skin.

In general, a balanced diet complete with whole grains, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and water will keep your skin, and the rest of your body healthy. If you’d like to learn more about protecting and improving your skin, schedule a consultation at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics.