HYDRATE YOUR SKIN:
Your skin needs water more than anything else.
Now it's hard to change how your body retains water as you get older. When you are well hydrated, you will enjoy fuller, smoother skin. Wrinkles and sags start to disappear as your skin stretches taulty across your face.
NOURISH YOUR SKIN:
Key nutrients for your skin include:
1. Vitamin C
2. Vitamin A
4. Nucleic Acids
FATS FOR YOUR FACE:
One of your skin's most important function is to keep the outside out and the insides in. It needs to allow nutrients in but keep pathogens out. Infact, people on extremely low-fat diets often have a lot of skin problems.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 fats are needed for healthy skin but too much omega-6 can create infalammation and accelerate aging. Fish are all good sources of omega-3s.
Monounsaturated fats, the type found in olives, almonds, and avocados, also keep your skin healthy and youthful looking. As a bonus, they also protect against heart disease and weight gain.
NUTRIENTS FOR UV PROTECTION:
The skin also needs to withstand daily doses of UV radiation from the sun, which accelerates aging and can lead to skin cancer. Antioxidants help out on both counts, shielding the skin from damageand helping to repair and damage that does occur. The easiest way to increase your intake of antioxidants is to focus on upping your intake of fruits and vegetables. Carrot sticks or a few olives on your salad, or some almond butter on your apple slices.
NUTRIENTS FOR HEALTHY GLOW:
Diligent use of sunscreen can prevent skin cancer but it will also keep you from gettimg that sun-kissed glow.
Eating foods high in carotenoids, can actually gives your skin a healthier color. Sweet potatoes, Carrots, Pink grapefruit, Tomatoes, Red peppers, Kale, Spinach and Apricots are all good choices.
MINERALS FOR HEALTHY SKIN:
All the essential minerals play a role in keeping skin healthy but zinc and selenium appear to be especially important. Shell fish are rich in both zinc and selenium. Nuts and Legumes are good vegan alternatives.
FOOD TO AVOID FOR HEALTHY SKIN:
Of course what you don't eat is just as important as what you do eat, especially when it comes to blemishes and acne. Research suggests that diets high in sugar and processed foods may. If you struggle with acne, try cutting back on processed and junk foods to see if it helps.
FEED YOUR SKIN DIRECTLY:
Finally, skin is the one organ that we can feed directly. Certain nutreints can be absorbed directly through the skin. A lot of the high priced antioxidant skin care products out there are a waste of money.
If you want to treat your skin to some high qaulity nutrition, try homemade smoothie facial. In addition, sunflower and almond oil are both rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E and make excellent skin-nourishing body oils.