Skincare has been a hot topic for the last couple of decades. In fact, the industry is stronger than ever, and has an estimated value of almost $40 billion in the U.S. alone. And as more and more people get interested in treating their skin properly, that number is only going to climb.
We take beauty and skincare seriously. If you look at our previous post on Easy Treatments to Resurface Skin, you’ll find a discussion on how resurfacing can bring out newer, healthier skin cells.
Just like resurfacing, there are tons of different ways that you can give your skin the pampering it needs. But if you really want to get to the root of proper skincare, we need to talk about diet. Here are tips for eating healthier for better skin.
It may not sound like the most appetizing thing on the menu, but hear us out. Experts at Medical News Today say that fish oil is essential, especially if you want better skin. Research has found that omega-3s and other components in fish oil contribute to reducing inflammation from UV light and improving skin barrier function.
The fatty acids in fish oil also keep cell walls supple, which helps them absorb more hydration, which in turn makes skin looking softer and smoother. That sounds like reason enough to start fishing out the fish oil capsules. You can also simply add more whole fatty fish into your diet, including salmon, mackerel, and anchovy.
Probiotics have a ton of benefits, especially when it comes to keeping your digestive health in tiptop shape. You might not realize it, but your gut is actually at the center of many of your health concerns. A healthy gut means a better immune system, better nutrition, and of course, better skin.
Without the right amount of healthy probiotics, you’re more likely to get dry skin, eczema, and acne. You can get probiotics from fermented food favorites like yogurt, kimchi, or kombucha. Brightcore also recommends taking ACV gummies, which not only contain probiotics, but other compounds that contribute to lower inflammation levels and better immunity. So if you feel a dry skin flare up coming, it might be time to start taking in more good bacteria.
Orange and Yellow Food
Ever thought about eating your food based on color? You might want to start doing it, as color can sometimes indicate when a fruit or vegetable is packed with helpful nutrients. In the case of orange and yellow fruits and veggies, that includes essential vitamins and minerals that can boost skin health.
According to NDTV Food, yellow fruits and veggies are rich in bioflavonoids. This helps the body break down vitamin C, which plays a variety of roles— including boosting collagen production and reducing the damage caused by UV exposure. Try adding more oranges, bananas, and yellow peppers into your diet, and see if there are any changes in your skin health.
Need an excuse to indulge? Here it is: Cosmpolitan reports that dark chocolate is important for skin health. Research has found that people who eat dark chocolate are more likely to report smoother, healthier skin.
Dark chocolate is rich in vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, as well as flavonoids that can reduce the damage from harmful UV rays. Eating dark chocolate can also lower stress levels, which can lower the chances of collagen breakdown and lessen wrinkles. Plus, 70% dark chocolate has manganese, which helps your body absorb nutrients and keeps your skin-healthy diet strong and effective overall.