Seven foods your skin will love
BY LAURA POSADA
When we talk about taking care of the skin, we immediately think of creams, serums, cleaners, and more sophisticated things like a radiofrequency treatment or exfoliations. All of these things help us keep our skin young and silky; however, there is something that we don’t consider and might be the most important aspect in fighting aging in our skin: our eating habits.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and often reflects what goes on inside our bodies. Did you know that there are studies that suggest that most aging signs that appear at our forties are due to our way of life (our eating habits are part of our way of life) and not only by time?. However, I have great news for you, the following foods have wonderful properties for the skin, and the regular consumption of them can help you shine a healthy and luminous skin from the inside out.
Salmon, sardines, and anchovies: these species of fish hold large amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), a component you might be familiar with because it is part of a large number of cosmetic products for the skin, as it protects the skin from arachidonic acid, a common cause for wrinkles and flaccid skin.
Leafy green vegetables: like broccoli and spinach, these vegetables have large amounts of alpha lipoic acid, one of the most powerful antioxidants due to its ability to neutralize free radicals, highly reactive molecules that corrode DNA and are largely responsible for aging.
Nuts: are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, that can also be found in the fish we already mentioned, they also help strengthen our cellular membranes, they serve as a great help to nourish our cells and to keep our skin moisturized.
Dark chocolate: good news for those of us that turn to sugar-free dark chocolate when we have a sweet craving. Dark chocolate is rich in cocoa and contains a type of flavonoid, called flavanol which can help keep the skin hydrated and protect it from the sun.
Fruits like kiwi, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries: are all rich in vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant which is not only the main ingredient in a lot of skin products, but it also helps keep collagen so that you can enjoy a radiant and fresh skin for longer periods of time.
Eggs: are rich in two fundamental nutrients for the skin, choline and lutein. Choline helps regulate vitamin B levels in our bodies, which are necessary for the production of collagen and elastin. Lutein is an antioxidant which protects the skin’s elasticity.
Oysters: are the skin’s lovers because they contain high amounts of zinc, a mineral that your body uses to fix the damaged tissues and make new ones. Zinc is not only used for the skin as it is also needed to have healthy hair, nails, and eyes.