Delicious Food Tips to Feed Your Skin

06.19.2012, 16:25 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Delicious Food Tips to Feed Your Skin

Let’s face it—you have to stay on top of your skin care routine if you want to look and feel fantastic year-round. Being diligent about applying sunscreen and regularly using Obagi products are definitely two great ways to keep your appearance in tip-top condition, but consuming the right foods is also an important way to round out your daily skin care regimen. After all, you are what you eat!

Here are three nutritious foods that will help keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy through all seasons:

  • Oranges. Citrus fruits like oranges are said to be among the best foods for your skin’s health. The idea is to make sure you’re receiving plenty of Vitamin C, which can help protect your skin against sun damage.1 Citrus fruits are also filled with other antioxidants designed to neutralize harmful free radicals, which may be responsible for aging your skin as well as more severe conditions, including some forms of cancer.2 Try to work at least one citrus fruit into your diet every single day—it can even be as simple as eating one for breakfast or for a mid-afternoon snack.
  • Green leafy veggies. If you’ve never been a fan of salads, perhaps now it’s time to give the greens another try. Studies have shown that Vitamin A, which vegetables contain in spades, can help repair skin and hair.3 Because of this, incorporate into your diet a wide variety of dark veggies such as spinach, arugula, and lettuce, which are rich in Vitamin A.
  • Salmon. Perfect for both summer barbecues and romantic evenings at home, salmon is jam-packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which is why this delicious fish has been hailed for its skin-rejuvenating properties. These essential fats allow good nutrients to enter cells and promote smaller pores.4 It’s a win-win situation no matter how you like to prepare it.

And if you need something else to perk up your skin, try caffeine! But instead of reaching for another cup of joe, try our ELASTIderm® Eye Complete Complex Serum—a unique formula with the added boost of caffeine to help reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness! Plus, our innovative rollerball applicator makes putting it on every day a cinch—easier than ordering a nonfat-no-foam-extra-ice-triple-mocha-latte-macchiato!

With so many delicious ways to keep your skin looking and feeling radiant, you never know what unexpected tip might become the next staple of your skin care routine. Do you have any other food suggestions for helping your skin look its best?

References: 1. American Academy of Dermatology. What to eat for glowing healthy skin. Accessed June 8, 2012.

2. National Cancer Institute. Antioxidants and cancer prevention: fact sheet. Accessed June 8, 2012.

3. Science Daily. Vitamin A helps reduce wrinkles associated with natural skin aging. Accessed June 8, 2012.

4. University of Maryland Medical Center. Omega-3 fatty acids. Accessed June 8, 2012.