Taking care of your skin is a lifelong job. Fortunately, eating right for your skin is similar to eating right for the rest of your body, too. Here’s some tips from your Salem dermatology clinic.
Stock up on vegetables
Experts endorse foods high in antioxidants for great skin health, and some of the highest antioxidant-rich foods are vegetables.
Antioxidants destroy the free radicals induced by stress, sun exposure, and other daily abuses. They keep collagen intact, which keeps your skin from sagging and showing other signs of age. And they come for almost nothing– no fancy creams required– if you eat your vegetables.
A rainbow of vegetables is what nutritional experts recommend. Red, orange, and yellow bell peppers, orange or purple carrots, yellow beets, kale, spinach– all these vegetables, with their bright hues, are rich in antioxidants too.
Fruits, and especially– according to recent studies– berries, are another great source of antioxidants. They’re the best for you if you eat them in season; and they can be a great source of exercise if you choose to pick yourself!
In Oregon we’re lucky– blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries grow close by our Salem dermatology clinic (in fact, almost any kind of growing food can be found in the cornucopia that is Oregon!). Nectarines, peaches, and kiwis with their bright colors, are another great option, and don’t forget watermelon– this understated treat has many health benefits, including improved skin tone.
Both fruits and vegetables have the added benefit of helping to keep you hydrated, which is a key factor in keeping skin plump and firm– remember, our bodies are mostly composed of water!
On that note– drink lots of water for your skin. At least eight glasses a day, and more if you drink caffeine or alcohol.
For those who do drink alcohol– don’t worry, you can enjoy your glass of wine or hoppy micro brew. After all, what good is it living in the Willamette Valley if you can’t enjoy its bounty of wineries and breweries? Wine and beer both contain antioxidants as well, and wine has long been touted as a heart-healthy drink. When it comes to skin (and body) health, moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages is the key; too much alcohol actually harms skin, so stick to one or at most two drinks at a time, and don’t drink every day.
Fat is actually good for you. It pads the organs and feeds cell walls. You just want to eat the right fats– the unsaturated kind. Unsaturated fats can be found in:
- Fatty fish (salmon is a great one for Oregonians!)
- Olive oil
- Flax seeds
- Vegetable oils
When choosing foods or cooking at home, try not to automatically go for “low fat,” instead examine what kind of fat you’re eating!
Ingredients for success
Just a quick note on food sources– cooking at home is, hands down, the healthiest for your skin. You know every ingredient, and can ensure it’s a skin-healthy one.
For more skin tips, visit your Salem dermatologist! Schedule your next appointment with our skin experts now.