Did you know that the largest organ in your body is your skin? Yep!!!! When you drink plenty of water and consume nutrient-dense, whole foods, it also shows on your skin. Eating fresh, whole foods loaded with vitamins and minerals helps support your skin.
Here’s the Scoop——
Drinking water is one of the best things we can do to keep our skin in shape. Water keeps our skin moist, and thus makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. All RIGHT!!!
Water also helps our cells take in nutrients and get rid of toxins. So drink your aqua!! I have a water bottle in hand EVERYWHERE I go. You should too.
Selenium for Your Skin
This mineral may help protect our skin from cells that gather free radicals. Free radicals cause signs of aging like wrinkles and dry skin, tissue damage, and may also help prevent skin cancer.
Get selenium from Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, and salmon. Also cooked beef, lean turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta.
Antioxidants for Healthy Cells
Antioxidants are important in slowing and preventing free-radical damage. You can find them in all kinds of foods, especially colorful fruits and berries and vegetables such as squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, peppers, and beans.
Fight Those Free Radicals with CoQ10 “POW!” 🙂
Our body makes a key antioxidant called Coenzyme Q10. But as we age <boo hiss> we produce less of it. CoQ10 is involved in helping our cells work.
Find CoQ10 in salmon and tuna, poultry, and whole grains.
If you use a skin product that has CoQ10, it may help soften wrinkles and other signs of aging. I’ve been using a product that has CoQ10 from Oil of Olay for years now. Gotta get all the help I can ha!
Vitamin A for Skin Repair
I don’t want dry, flaky skin. Do you? So I like to consume oranges, carrots, or cantaloupe to combat it! They’re loaded with vitamin A. You can also find it in leafy greens, eggs, and low-fat dairy foods. When you use a skin product with vitamin A, it potentially helps wrinkles and brown spots look better. I am also using Vitamin A for skin care and it does significantly lighten brown spots! So I’m sold.
Protection from Vitamin C
The sun is damaging to our skin. Vitamin C offers protection by undoing sun damage to collagen and elastin, which helps keep our skin nice and firm! Consume red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, greens, and brussels sprouts to get that Vitamin C boost. <Remember to always use sunblock from the tip of your head to your toes to reduce significant damage from the sun!>
Another antioxidant that may help save our skin from sun damage and inflammation is vitamin E. Find it in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, asparagus, olives, and leafy greens.
Consume those Healthy Fats
Omega-3s and Omega-6s are good fats that help make our skin’s natural oil barrier, keeping away dryness and blemishes. Essential fatty acids help leave our skin smoother and younger-looking.
Oils for Great Skin
Some oils have more than essential fatty acids. Good-quality ones like extra-virgin olive oil and cold- or expeller-pressed <one step pressed> are more simply pressed than many other kinds. These offer more nutrients that are great for your skin. Olive oil also contains antioxidant polyphenols, which fight damaging free radicals.
Ok, so just ONE more to share!!! ha
Antioxidants in Tea
Green tea is fantastic for your skin. It helps stop inflammation, slow DNA damage, and can even help prevent the sun from burning your skin. Sip it daily and reap its benefits!
For more tips, please read my other posts!! Have a healthy day!