The Truth About Nutrition + Your Skin
The beauty of the skin is that you can affect it from both inside and out. While no one food can get rid of crow’s feet or erase laugh lines, maintaining a balanced diet full of anti-aging foods can boost your immunity, improve the quality of your skin, and give you the energy you need. To learn everything we need to know about the role of nutrition and skin health, we found a few articles from leading experts to help us determine what we really need to know for glowing skin.
Generally speaking, what’s good for you is good for your skin. But just how strong is that link between your diet and your skin health? In Acne & Wrinkles: Does Diet Affect Your Skin? experts look at how genetic factors and environmental factors impact acne and wrinkles, and what role the diet plays. “The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants present in foods like fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats are consistently associated with fewer wrinkles and less age-related dryness.”
The health experts at WebMD looked at Nutrients for Healthy Skin and Antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C, E, and A can curb the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals that can harm skin cells and cause signs of aging. Loading up on fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants is not just good for your skin health, but for your overall health.
In Feed Your Skin From the Inside Out, Nutritionist Dr. Joanna McMillan, lists her Top 10 Foods for Skin that include foods high in omega-3s like nuts and seeds and salmon, in addition to leafy green vegetables. While eating a balanced diet is the best way to ensure your body is getting the nutrients you need, a daily supplement can help boost your intake of important vitamins and minerals if your diet is lacking.
So what about all of the “diets” that we are constantly hearing about – how do those impact your skin health? In Healthline’s, We Asked a Dermatologist: Will These Popular Diets Better Our Skin? physicians seek to separate the science from the hype when it comes to Whole30, vegan and vegetarian diets, low carb and keto, paleo, and more dietary trends.
Their bottom line? “Scientific research on the benefits of most modern diets is lacking. Many tend to be more marketing trends than medical recommendations. If there is a connection between a diet and benefits, it could take years, even decades, before research proves the link.” Overall, eating a balanced diet benefits your overall health your skin specifically.
Have more questions about how nutrition impacts your skin health? Schedule a time to talk with your provider, as they are happy to answer any questions you might have.