Foods to Eat for Healthy Skin
By now, it’s no surprise that the foods we eat impact everything from our weight, to our body composition, to our skin and hair health, and more! It makes sense, right? Most of us are lucky enough to eat three meals a day, and when you do something that often every day of your life, it’s bound to have an impact. Let’s take a look at some of the foods you can eat that will optimize skin health (and overall health as well)!
Orange foods: Ok, so just telling you a color of food to eat is pretty simple, right? Think carrots, oranges, pumpkin, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, etc. What’s so special about orange foods? First, let’s make sure that we’re talking about foods that are naturally orange...not dyed orange like cheese-flavored tortilla chips, or single-slice processed cheese. Those don’t count towards healthy skin foods! Now that we’re on the same page, let’s talk why naturally orange foods are good for you. Most of them contain beta-carotene, which is a pre-cursor to Vitamin A, which means your body can metabolize beta-carotene into A. Vitamin A is recognized to have anti-aging properties, which can help fight wrinkles and saggy skin. No wonder you’ll find it in so many supplements and beauty products!
Water: Technically not a food (but definitely a source of nourishment), water is one of those things we just can’t live without. The benefits of staying hydrated are diverse and wide-ranging: healthier skin, fewer headaches, improved mood, fewer muscle cramps, etc. How does it help your skin? According to WebMD, dehydrated skin looks dry and wrinkled. It’s also helpful to note that your skin (your body’s biggest organ) is full of water, so when it’s depleted, that’s not a good thing. Water also happens to be relatively cheap and available pretty much everywhere in the United States. Of note, staying hydrated does not mean guzzling sodas or coffee to get your liquid intake. These are ok in moderation, but there is nothing as good as plain old water.
Healthy fats: Wait a minute, why would I want to eat fat? The food industry (and even national guidelines) have spent years convincing people that fat isn’t good for you. But fat in your food does not equal fat on your arms or thighs! It’s important to know that there are different kinds of fats - those naturally found in plant and animal products, and those created out of chemicals (trans fats are an example). Healthy fats are those like you’ll find in avocados, fish, oils, meats, nuts, and more. Unhealthy fats are found in things like margarine and other processed foods. So why are healthy fats good for your skin? First, they are the building blocks for cell membranes - if you’re healthier at the cellular level, that will show outside, too! Not having enough healthy fats can contribute to whiteheads, blackheads, and redness...those are three reasons to grab a handful of nuts!
We hope you enjoyed this blog about foods to eat for healthy skin. As mentioned above, your diet can have a big, big impact on your skin. Trying to eat more orange foods and healthy fats - and drinking water often - will help you keep a bright, fresh face. To learn other tips about a healthy skin care routine (and how Porcelana can help), check out our blog!