Healthy Skin | Secret | 08th June 2022 | Virtual Wire
We are all familiar with the infomercials and commercials subsidized by a multibillion-dollar skin care industry that sells the image of healthy, young and beautiful skin.
We try these advertised products and still find ourselves with embarrassing pimples or breakouts every now and then. Since there are so many choices, we move on to the next product in hopes of finally ridding ourselves of these awkward blemishes. Research shows when it comes to good skin, what you put in your body is as important as what you put on it. Our skin is the largest organ of the body, and as with any other organ, proper nutrition is key to keeping it healthy.
Holistic Approach is Rare
People rarely take a holistic approach to skin treatment. Doctors agree that diet plays an important role in all skin conditions, not just fine lines and wrinkles, but also other skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. According to dermatologists and skincare experts, omega-3 fatty acids help diminish the body's production of inflammatory compounds - natural chemicals involved in the ageing process that affect the look and texture of healthy skin.
Omega-3 in Diet
"These fatty acids are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, which is not only what acts as the barrier to harmful substances, but also the passage of nutrients to enter and exit and for waste to enter and leave the cell. Nuts, grains, and seeds are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Seafood like salmon, tuna, and mackerel are also decent sources. To ensure adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids, try flaxseed in any form or fish oil.
Lifestyle and Appearance
Our lifestyle has a significant impact on our outward appearance. Nutrition could be the fountain of youth, it can help achieve a beautiful complexion and maintain a youthful appearance. Smoking can cause severe premature ageing. We have all witnessed the picture of a severely wrinkled old women's face on a young, fit, bikini-clad body in an advertisement funded by truth (an organization against tobacco and smoking). Although tobacco and alcohol companies use luxurious settings with attractive young ladies in their advertisements, the long-term effects of smoking and drinking are neither luxurious nor attractive.
Smoking not only introduces over 4,000 chemicals, including 50 substances known to cause cancer, but it also depletes vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. Everyone who has participated in a night of excessive alcohol consumption knows the look and feel of a hangover. Excess alcohol leads to a condition where the skin is dry, the lips are chapped, and a terrible headache ensues. If this is how you look and feel on the outside, you can imagine the damage caused on the inside. Drinking plenty of water keeps skin hydrated, and continuously flushes toxins out of the body.
Our skin is the first line of defence against environmental pollutants and toxins. With the depletion of the ozone layer, one of our main concerns in today's environment is skin cancer. For each per cent of decrease in stratospheric ozone, there is a 2 per cent increase in UVB irradiance and therefore, a likely 2 per cent increased risk of skin cancer. If you are looking for protection from sun damage, Expert suggests foods that combine vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts and grains. Daily use of sunscreen is also recommended.
Antioxidants for Healthy Skin
Doctors recommend avoiding foods that raise insulin levels, such as simple carbohydrates including white flour, sugar and starches, which can control the inflammatory process. The process of ageing skin is a byproduct of inflammation and based on this premise, the use of antioxidants is encouraged. Tomatoes, guavas and watermelons are a great source of lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Other important skin healthy foods include sweet potatoes, blueberries and strawberries. Try supplementing your diet with antioxidant pills, definitely after consultation with a physician.
Foods for healthy skin include:
Fruits: They are a good source of vitamins and in some cases antioxidants. Always try to include variety in your diet.
Nuts, grain and seeds: They are essential sources provides of omega-3 fatty acids. An ounce of either one of these provides the same amounts of omega-3 as 3.5 ounces of fish.
Olive oil: Our skin should get at least 2 tablespoons of oil each day for proper lubrication. The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to its high content of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidative substances.
Tea: Whether it's black, white or green, studies indicate it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Vegetables: The endless benefits of vegetables provide the body with powerful antioxidant properties that we know can help the skin.
Brazil nuts, turkey and tuna: All these are rich in selenium. Selenium-rich foods help reduce inflammation associated with rashes, and pimples.
In conclusion, spend more time shopping in the grocery lanes and less time in the cosmetic corridors. Nutrition could be the fountain of youth, it can help you achieve a beautiful complexion and maintain a youthful appearance. Stop shuffling through endless varieties of cleansers, creams, and toners. Improve your lifestyle and diet and watch it make a difference in your appearance.