How Diet Affects Your Skin

Your diet impacts more than your waste-line, what you eat can mean the difference between acne and healthy clear skin. It’s hard to resist the urge to reach for that bag of chips or cookies, but if you fill up on foods with “good fat” you can avoid the late night munchies. You don’t have to give up sugar and carbs completely. You just need to supply your body with more skin-happy foods to avoid wrinkles and blemishes.

  • Meat. Going vegetarian or vegan might make your skin pay the consequences. If you’re skipping fish packed with Omega 3, you’ll need to eat plenty of alternatives like nuts, flaxseed, and olive oil. Omega 3 filled foods like fish and olive oil strengthen your skin and keep it pliable, ultimately preventing wrinkles. They also have antioxidants, which help fight off melanoma and damage from sun exposure. Eating fish helps your body stay hydrated, and supplies heart-healthy unsaturated fat. This good kind of fat gives you flexible skin and stops early aging signs. Opt for lean turkey over beef too.
  • Veggies and Fruits. It’s common knowledge that consuming more fruits and vegetables helps your overall health, but they also fight off wrinkles. A diet brimming with leafy greens (especially spinach) can help your hair and skin be happy while boosting your metabolism.
  • Carbohydrates. Skip white bread or pasta and stick with whole grains. A mix of meat, fresh produce, and whole grains can stop breakouts before they begin. A balanced nutrition plan can improve collagen levels and prevent dark spots in your skin.

A healthy diet starts at the grocery store. Don’t shop when you’re hungry, and come prepared with a list of foods that have unsaturated fat, and antioxidants. A full stomach will make it a little easier to say no to sugary snacks. The most vital part to remember when it comes to your diet and your skin is hydration. When you’re craving something but can’t put your name on it, that’s your body’s way of telling you to drink more water.

For more information on skin care in the Glendale area, contact Dr. Angelchik at 602-375-8888to schedule your consultation today. We serve patients in Glendale, Arizona and surrounding areas.

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