A Whole Foods Diet Can Restore Youthful Skin

Most people are familiar with the phrase “You are what you eat” in relation to their overall health. But did you know the same could be said about your skin? Recent studies have shown how a whole foods diet can minimize the signs of aging and help men and women restore youthful skin. 

How much does diet matter?

What you eat impacts more than your waistline or physique. Nutrition and diet play a vital role in almost every system in your body, helping ward off illness while powering you through each day. The same goes for your skin. Just as a balanced diet helps keep vital organs running healthy, these important organs help ensure that skin stays healthy and look its best.

Furthermore, many of the top anti-aging solutions include important nutrients and antioxidants that can be eaten instead of applied. Whole, unprocessed foods contain a wide range of important vitamins and minerals, such as collagen, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids. These important nutrients are essential to supporting collagen and elasticity production – critical proteins needed to help repair and restore damaged skin cells. By incorporating nutrient-dense whole foods into your diet, you can support other ongoing anti-aging skincare regimens from within.

What are the best foods for looking younger?

Who knew that the fountain of youth was right in your kitchen? If you’re looking for ways of restoring glowing, youthful looking skin, be sure to incorporate these anti-aging foods into your diet.

High lycopene produce

The sun’s harmful UV rays severely damage skin cells as well as collagen and elastin production, leading to the development of fine lines and age spots. Luckily, studies have shown that the antioxidant lycopene is extremely useful in protecting skin from severe photodamage. If you’re planning on spending time outdoors, be sure to up your intake of tomatoes, papayas and grapefruit.

Keep skin hydrated with fatty acids

While the name may be underwhelming, these antioxidants pack a punch in delaying the onset of aging. Fatty acids help support the lipid barrier around skin cells responsible for retaining moisture and keeping skin hydrated and full – important characteristics of a youthful look. To achieve maximum glow, turn to salmon, herring and sardines as a healthy source of Omega-3 fatty acids. 

Reduce inflammation by reducing processed foods

Highly processed carbs such as white bread, pasta, sugar and other refined goods are perhaps the biggest culprit behind body inflammation. For your skin, this can mean symptoms ranging from uneven skin tone to eczema flare-ups. To avoid these unwanted consequences, start by swapping these highly processed options for less refined options such as sprouted bread or zucchini noodles.

Focus on collagen growth 

Many signs of aging can be traced back to a single factor – the decrease in collagen production that comes with getting older. Luckily, whole foods filled with vitamin C, vitamin A and omega-3 fatty have been shown to help support production of this important protein, helping keep skin looking younger and healthier. 

Go Clean at Etre Cosmetic Dermatology

The relationship between diet and appearance is a complex one. While certain foods may have a reputation for causing poor skin, this isn’t always the case. Uneven skin tone, acne and other common signs aging often blamed on diet can also be the result of hormone imbalances, of which diet and nutrition can play a secondary role. While it can be tempting to immediately cut yourself off from “junk food”, talking with a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Kyle Coleman can help ensure that your change to a cleaner, healthier diet is sustainable and effective. 

Learn more about the difference your diet can make in revealing younger looking skin. Call 504-227-3873 today to schedule your consultation with our New Orleans dermatologist today!

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