by DEX New York

Treat Your Skin to a Diet

The food you consume not only does your body good (or bad depending on what you eat), but can also seriously impact the health of your skin. The things you eat can really play an integral part to how good or bad your skin looks – from antioxidants in fruits and veggies to healthy fats in fish – everything you put in your mouth impacts both your health and your skin. You might not even know it, but the food you eat can either be nourishing your complexion or doing it harm! If you want radiating, glowing skin here are some of the best foods to include in your diet, as well as some of the worst foods to be permanently purged.

Best Foods:

  • Almonds – A great source of vitamin E, almonds help nourish your skin and protect it from harmful UV rays.
  • Blueberries – This fruit is filled with antioxidants, which protect your skin from premature aging!
  • Fish – The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are great for you skin since they help fight the annoying battle against aging and can help with the appearance of wrinkles. And fish contains vitamin D, which increases the production of compounds that actually protect your skin against infections.
  • Tomatoes - Thanks to the antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes, your skin gets a boost in its natural SPF, especially when they’re cooked. And lycopene also helps get rid of skin-aging free radicals that are caused by the sun’s UV rays – further helping against skin damage and acting like a natural sunscreen.
  • Spinach – To protect your skin against skin cancer, up your dose of spinach! Its folate actually helps maintain and repair DNA, which in turn decreases the likelihood of developing skin cancer.

Worst Foods:

  • Alcohol – The more you drink, the more dehydrated you get and this saps your skin’s natural moisture and can make your wrinkles more noticeable.
  • Caffeine – Like alcohol, caffeine can cause dehydration and deplete your skin of its natural nutrients, affecting its natural elasticity and collagen.
  • Fried Foods – Not only is fried foods bad for your waistline, but it’s horrible for your skin. It contains fully oxidized, saturated fat, which is the worst kind of fat for your body and skin, often damaging the cellular structure of your skin.
  • Sugar – Too much sugar can seriously affect your skin’s collagen, making you more vulnerable to wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Ice Cream – Dairy in milk can cause skin problems and drinking a lot of it or eating foods made with dairy can actually lead to acne. Too much dairy tends to over stimulate glands that produce your skin’s oil secretions, so stay away if you want healthy skin!