When it comes to skin care, sometimes you really are what you eat. According to the Mayo Clinic and MSN Health, a poor diet is indeed a factor in unwanted acne breakouts. Although eating your vegetables doesn’t necessarily guarantee the permanent absence of skin breakouts, a healthier diet can help many aspects of your physical health and appearance.
Diet is far from the only factor that plays a role in your skin condition. Your genes, hormone levels, stress, exercise habits, environment and skin-care regimen all play an important role in the appearance and overall condition of your skin.
Types of Foods to Eat
If you want to enjoy better skin tone and overall health, then eat foods with antioxidants, according to MSN Health. Generally, it’s best to eat plenty of broccoli, carrots, fresh berries and whole-grain carbohydrate choices such as bread and cereal. The Mayo Clinic recommends that those looking to improve their skin through diet also reach for more legumes, nuts, melons, fish and olive oil.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Eating plenty of foods with vitamin C or taking it in supplements can greatly enhance your appearance, according to the Mayo Clinic. Studies show that people who ingest plenty of vitamin C look younger and enjoy much better skin tone than those who reach for junk food.
Eating red meats and drinking full-fat milk can age your skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. Skin wrinkling is markedly increased among those people who eat too much meat and higher-fat dairy products; going for the skim milk can also keep your waistline down especially as you age. Also, limiting the number of desserts you eat can indeed improve your skin tone, according to Mayo Clinic dermatologist Lawrence E. Gibson.
Some health and beauty companies tout diet plans and supplements as ideal for improving skin, according to the Mayo Clinic and MSN Health. Avoid trying untested diets and remedies that promise to clear up your skin; some may do more harm than good. Also, be cautious of the vitamin E solution; even though vitamin E topical applications and capsules are helpful for your skin, you can absorb too much vitamin E and suffer from resulting vitamin toxicity symptoms.
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