Diet & Skin Care
by Contributing Writer
A nutritious diet can help you maintain healthy skin, reduce the severity of some skin conditions and may even lower the likelihood of the appearance of skin aging. Skin is the largest organ in the body. It benefits from a healthy diet in much the same way that the cardiovascular system benefits from a diet low in cholesterol. Following simple dietary rules can help your skin look and feel its best.
Vitamins for healthy skin
Healthy skin depends on getting the recommended daily amounts of important vitamins. For example, vitamin A helps maintain skin tissue. The use of B vitamins helps in the formation of skin, hair and nail cells. Vitamins C and E help protect skin cells from sun damage and damage from harmful free radicals.
Most people can get the recommended levels of these vitamins from a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and healthy proteins. Eat a wide variety of dark green and orange vegetables, in particular.
Water, water everywhere
Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Water helps carry nutrients throughout your body and it flushes out toxins. Recommendations vary regarding the amount of water needed each day. One recommendation is to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day.
What to avoid for certain skin conditions
Certain foods are known to aggravate some skin conditions. For example, if you suffer from rosacea, avoid spicy foods and alcohol. If you suffer from eczema, avoid eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, wheat and fish. While there are no proven studies linking acne to particular foods, you may notice a correlation between what you eat and acne flare-ups. If you do, avoiding those foods may help prevent future breakouts.
Lowering the likelihood of wrinkles
In certain research studies, higher consumption of vitamin C and lower consumption of fats and carbohydrates have been associated with better skin-aging appearance. Higher vitamin C was found to lower the incidence of wrinkles and dryness. Increasing consumption of fats and carbohydrates increased the incidence of wrinkles.