*Guest Post by Dr. Crippen*
Our skin is the only outfit we never take off, and it needs to be cared for properly to keep its youthful appearance through the years. There are many habits you can take up that will protect your skin over time. Using sun protection when outdoors is a great first step is, and another one you might consider is eating for your skin.
Like any organ, skin needs the right nutrients to remain healthy. You can make sure your skin gets the care it needs by adding these common foods to your diet. Get your pen ready, you’re going to want to make some changes to your grocery list.
The Big Vitamins—Get These Three!
Your skin requires many vitamins, but there are three that are particularly important. Fortunately, they’re also usually easy to find in the grocery store.
Get Vitamin A for that Fresh Look
Vitamin A plays a large role in the appearance of skin, and in recent years has been used in concentration to treat many different skin disorders, including acne, psoriasis and eczema. You’ll find it in supplements and creams, both over the counter and prescription.
You don’t need fancy anti aging creams to take advantage of the benefits of this important vitamin however. You can enjoy healthy skin just by getting enough daily servings of tasty foods like:
Encourage New Collagen Production with Vitamin C
After being tied to everything from energy levels to immune system strength, we have to ask: What can’t this little vitamin do? “Protect your skin” isn’t one of the answers. Vitamin C plays a large part in the production of collagen, and as an antioxidant, works directly against the signs of ageing.
Renewing collagen production is a major goal of skin care research, so you should take any opportunity to improve it naturally.
Maintain Youthful Looks with Vitamin E
Vitamin E is one of the most important vitamins here. It cannot be produced by the body at all, so it’s important that you get as much of it from outside sources as you can. Vitamin E deficiency has been linked to many of the early signs of aging.
If you want to keep your skin looking younger longer, you should make sure you get your fill of these foods:
Those Extra Antioxidants-3 Great Choices
You may have noticed that a lot of these vitamins are also anti-oxidants. Antioxidants protect you from many different kinds of skin deterioration by stopping the free radicals that cause it. You can get plenty of nutrition from the sources suggested above, but if you have unique tastes, you may find a better sources among these unlikely options:
Like it Hot? Get Your Fill of Peppers
Some like it hot, and those people will find it very easy to get a lot of antioxidants. Peppers are stuffed with them, along with a slew of other important vitamins and nutrients. Don’t worry that you have to suffer the heat to get the benefit. Even sweeter peppers have tons of value.
Drink to Your Health with Tea
Tea, specifically green tea, is an excellent source of antioxidants. If you struggle to make up your vegetable and seed servings, you can still make sure you enjoy a nice refreshing mug of green tea every day. Don’t be afraid to sweeten it. All those wonderful nutrients will still be there.
Treat Yourself and Your Skin with Chocolate
That’s right! This delightful stuff just happens to be antioxidant rich. Choose dark chocolate for the best access to those rich antioxidants. You’ve got an excuse now, so go on and treat yourself without guilt.
Lifting Liquids: Healthy Oils, and Naturally, Water
Getting enough fats isn’t a problem for most people. The problem is many choose the wrong ones. Sufficient fat is very important for the suppleness of your skin and its ability to heal itself. You want to make sure that you’re taking advantage of healthy fat sources like these:
Water probably makes more of a difference in your overall appearance than any other vitamin we just listed. If you want to look skin to be at its best, you need to make sure that you’re taking in enough water every day. Dehydration makes itself clear on your skin very early in the development of those symptoms, so have a glass of water if you notice your skin isn’t its usual self.
About the Author: Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Dr. Crippen has attended 3 Canadian Universities and obtained 4 educational titles including his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Since graduating in 2001, Dr. Crippen has continued to expand his knowledge, focusing his practice in the fields of Medical Dermatology, Vein, Laser & Cosmetic Medicine. He has worked extensively in public and private medicine since 2003, but in response to rising demand, Dr. Crippen has devoted his practice to both medical and cosmetic skin care procedures/treatments at his skincare clinic, DermMedica.