October is Health Literacy Month and we want to talk to you about food, specifically superfoods for the skin. We all know that what we put into our bodies provides a direct result on our skin. So, let’s study up!
Here’s a list of ten “super foods” that can make a world of difference for your skin:
- Blueberries: This fruit is #1 when it comes to antioxidant activity. Antioxidants help our skin to fight free radicals, which can cause premature aging and even cancer.
- Salmon: Wild-caught salmon is very high in omega-3 fatty acids. This can help keep skin supple and retain moisture. Salmon also contains selenium which protects skin from sun exposure.
- Spinach: Leafy green vegetables are very high in nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach in particular is a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega three fatty acids. All of these nutrients are fabulous for your skin!
- Oysters: The jury is still out as to whether or not oysters are an aphrodisiac, however they are very high in zinc which helps skin in cell renewal and repair. Zinc is also very helpful in combating acne.
- Tomatoes: Lycopene is abundant in tomatoes and is a great anti aging antioxidant. This great nutrient is more easily absorbed into the body when it is cooked or processed. So to get the full affects, fill your diet with with tomato sauces, juices, and ketchup.
- Walnuts: Even a small amount of this nut can be very beneficial, as little as handful can make a big difference. Due to a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, walnuts help skin retain a smoother appearance. So toss a handful into your next salad!
- Kiwis: That funny little furry fruit is fabulous for your skin. Kiwis are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants which can keep skin nice and firm while also preventing wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.
- Dark chocolate: Yes, chocolate is good for your skin! However, it needs to be of the dark variety. Dark chocolate is high in flavanol content which helps skin remain hydrated and also protects skin for sun damage. Just make sure your chocolate choice is at least 60% pure cacao.
- Almonds: Another super nut, almonds are considered one of the best food sources of vitamin E. This helps to nourish skin and protect against UV rays. Almonds also contain various antioxidants that fight wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. They are also high in essential fatty acid that help reduce swelling and inflammation, which can be helpful in fighting acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Using almond oil topically can also be beneficial.
- Avocados: Packed with loads of healthy fats, avocados are incredibly good for the health of your skin. These healthy fats act as humectants within skin to retain moisture and give it a more youthful look. Avocados also contain vitamins C, E, and K, folic acid, magnesium, and potassium—all of which are essential for skin’s health and beauty.
You don’t need to completely overhaul your diet to get the benefits from these super foods. Add them into the dishes you already love or enjoy them as a midday snack. A little will go a long way in regards to the health and appearance of your skin.
So, now that you know how to feed your skin, come on in and give it some love from the outside in! Call us at 808-528-0888 to book an appointment today!
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