Our skin is a reflection of our well being - our lifestyle and diet are written all over it. So, what foods you should eat and what foods you should avoid for healthy, younger looking skin?
Try to avoid too much sugar. Sugar is inflammatory, and reducing inflammation will help improve the skin's appearance. The metabolism of high-sugar foods causes a chain reaction of effects that accelerates collagen breakdown, making skin more prone to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Limit sugar by cutting back on soft drinks and sweets, and well as white, processed carbohydrates like rice, pasta, potatoes and breads.
Try to eat more antioxidant-rich foods. Our everyday metabolic processes, as well as factors like sunlight and smoking, cause the formation of free radicals. These free radicals accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin in our skin.
A diet rich in antioxidants helps negate the effects of these skin-damaging free radicals. Top vitamin A, C, and EGCG antioxidant food sources are green tea, carrots, and red peppers. Fresh fruits with the highest total antioxidant content include blueberries, cranberries and blackberries.
There are also skin-friendly fats we can eat. A very low fat diet can actually be bad for our skin's appearance. We need some fats to maintain our skin's hydration.
Studies have shown that higher intakes of total fat, monounsaturated fat, and even saturated fat seem to improve skin hydration and elasticity.
Top food sources of skin-friendly fats include salmon, macadamia nuts (one of top sources of monounsaturated fats), avocado and olive oil.