Although many people in the U.S regularly eat low-fat and low-calorie meals in an attempt to control their weight, eating low-fat meals all of the time can have a definite negative effect on your skin. However, most dermatologists agree that a proper diet with the right foods can go a long way toward reversing the effects of a bad diet and help create younger-looking, smoother skin in the process. Dietary imbalance can actually promote wrinkles on the face and dark circles under the eyes. Eating the right foods can improve those skin problems and help clear up other skin maladies like acne and eczema too.
Diet plans aimed at improving the skin have been called “anti-inflammation” diets, “wrinkle-free” diets, and even “look younger” diets, but one thing common to all of them is usually the recommendation to eat plenty of the right kinds of protein. Protein is required to help cells repair themselves and helps slow aging. Popular choices for foods rich in protein include fish, egg whites, skinless chicken and turkey breast.
Instead of avoiding all fats, some fat is healthy and essential for the skin. Fats and oils deliver anti-inflammatory properties and cell-preserving antioxidants. Fish oil can provide omega-3 fatty acids that fight aging; and just like extra virgin olive oil, is anti-inflammatory and helps lower bad cholesterol too. Top fish for essential fats are salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna.
Foods containing a lot of sugar and high-glycemic carbohydrates can cause your blood sugar to spike and helps create age-accelerating free radicals that can break down the collagen in your skin. Unfortunately, this category of food can include popular favorites like potatoes, rice and pasta. Instead, it is better to load up on carbohydrates from low-glycemic fruits and vegetables that are filled with youth-preserving antioxidants.
Dehydration is also one of your skin's greatest foes, and most dermatologists stress the importance of plain water every day to help the organs and cells function efficiently. If your local tap water is full of chlorine and heavy metals, buy spring water instead and make sure to drink eight to 10 glasses each day.
Foods for the Skin:
Carrots pack plenty of vitamin A that prevents overproduction of cells in the skin's outer layer and restricts the development of cancer cells in the skin.
People who eat plenty of leafy greens get fewer skin tumors because the Folate they contain helps maintain and repair the DNA in cells and reduce cancer-cell growth too.
Almonds are packed with the antioxidant vitamin E that can help defend against UV sunlight damage to the skin and also helps eliminate dangerous free radicals in your system.
The Lycopene that makes tomatoes red also helps block production of free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays. Cooked tomatoes have higher Lycopene levels, making tomato sauce, tomato paste, and ketchup healthy favorites.
Most tuna contains amounts of the nutrient Selenium that helps preserve elastin in your skin. Elastin is a protein that helps keep skin smooth and tight, and it is another antioxidant that stops free radical production caused by exposure to UV sunlight.
Green tea contains the antioxidant catechin that has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties that some dermatologists believe can actually reverse the effects of sun damage on skin. Surprisingly, hot green tea has more antioxidants than cool green tea.
Dark chocolate contains the antioxidant Flavonol that can help reduce rough skin and helps provide UV sunlight protection for better overall skin texture.