Sunscreen may offer great protection for your skin, but the foods you eat can also have a valuable effect on maintaining a healthy hydrated look. Consider how you can incorporate the following foods, vitamins, and minerals into your diet this summer.
Silica is found in the connective tissues of the body including the muscles, hair, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bone and nails. It is vital in maintaining healthy skin and elasticity. Mangos, celery, asparagus, and rhubarb are wonderful options if you want to add more silica to your daily diet.
Omega-3 fatty acids
If your skin feels inflamed, foods containing omeg-3 fatty acids offer a powerful remedy. Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help diminish swelling or redness caused by psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, or eczema. If you have dry, flaky skin, brittle nails, or lackluster hair, you may be suffering from an omega-3 deficiency. The next time you’re at the grocery store, add some of the following items to your cart: chia seeds, hemp seeds, wild salmon, pastured eggs, and walnuts for a powerful dose of omega-3’s.
Stone fruits are an ideal way to make potassium and Vitamin C a regular part of your diet. Vitamin C encourages collagen while potassium assists in keeping the skin hydrated, giving you a fresh glow.
Peppers, specifically the red variety, are a wonderful source of carotenoids, which enhance blood flow and help prevent wrinkles. Peppers also help inhibit breakouts, acne, and will help keep your skin looking fresh.
Blackberries are at their best during the summer months. They are an ideal skin food due to an antioxidant is known as anthocyanin. Anthocyanin aids in shielding the skin from dryness and fine lines by disabling free radicals.
This antioxidant mineral gives the skin elasticity, acts as the protectant from sun damage and delays aging. Foods with this skin loving mineral include brown rice, pastured eggs, Brazil nuts, garlic, and wild salmon.
Green tea can help relive the inflammation caused by summer allergies. Green tea, blackberries, and blueberries all contain quercetin, which serves as en edible antihistamine.
For more information on how to enhance your skin this summer, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. You can reach our office at 510-724-8282 (Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).