You’ve heard the saying that beauty is only skin deep, but how much of this expression actually holds true? A proper skin care regimen, although important, is not the only factor that contributes to the appearance of your skin. In fact, the choices you make in your diet can enhance the results of your skin care regimen as well.
With March being National Nutrition Month, there’s no better time than now to examine your diet and start selecting foods that will help you maximize the results you’re seeing from your Obagi® products.
If sugary foods are a staple in your diet, consider this: overeating sugar can result in dull and wrinkled skin. When you consume foods high in sugar, your blood sugar rises rapidly, causing sugars to attach to collagen in a natural process called glycation.1 The result can cause skin to lose its resilience and appear stiff and inflexible, ultimately causing the deep wrinkles that can make you look older than you actually are.
The best thing to do is regulate a consistent blood sugar level by limiting standard sweets as well as other foods that quickly convert into sugar in the body such as pasta, bread, potatoes, and rice.
Go Green (and every other color)
You’ve heard it since you were a kid, holding your nose as you tried to force down that last bite of broccoli—to be healthy you need to eat your fruits and vegetables.
The good news is that every time you cleared your plate your skin reaped the reward. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, and Vitamins A, C, and E, which can help stabilize the free radicals that cause skin damage and signs of aging.2 The best way to make sure you’re getting all of the antioxidants your body needs is to strive for as much variety and color in your diet as possible.
No, we’re not recommending indulging in fast food and ice cream here. Instead, improve your complexion by adding a few more servings of essential fatty acids such as omega-3 to your diet.
The skin benefits that come from omega-3 fatty acids (found in foods such as flaxseed, eggs, fish, and walnuts) can range from keeping skin hydrated to helping protect against free radicals.3 Fatty acids can also help to repair skin damage and relieve skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.3
There isn’t anything omega-3s can’t do! They’ve even been known to help keep cats’ and dogs’ skin and coats healthy and supple.3
Take some time this month to reflect on your diet and make the necessary improvements for healthier skin. As you try new meals, share your favorite healthy skin foods and recipes with us in the comments below and be sure to ‘Like’ us on Facebook for more information on which foods can help improve your complexion.
References: 1. Nordenburg T. Shun the sugar for sweeter-looking skin. Discovery Fit & Health Web site. http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/skin-treatments/shun-the-sugar-for-sweeter-looking-skin.htm. Accessed February 11, 2013. 2. Uscher J. Nutrients for healthy skin. WebMD Web site. http://www.webmd.com/
healthy-beauty/features/skin-nutrition. Accessed February 11, 2013. 3. Watson S. Benefits of omega-3. Discovery Fit & Health Web site. http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/benefits-of-omega-35.htm. Accessed February 11, 2013.