Without a doubt, what you eat and drink directly correlates with the overall condition of your skin. That’s because your body draws out the nutrients from the foods and beverages you consume to repair the cells in your skin and replace those that are damaged. The result is an overall improvement in not only the appearance of your skin but its elasticity. And elasticity is what helps to effectively diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So what foods and drinks are best for protecting and maintaining healthy skin? Check out these skin-friendly options:
We’ll start with the obvious. Water is an essential nutrient to plump up your skin cells, and it’s essential for skin health and elasticity. To determine if you’re getting enough water, gently pinch your skin. If it doesn’t bounce back, it’s time to up your H20 intake.
Fruits and Vegetables
Antioxidants are a driving force for skin protection. And when it comes to antioxidant-rich foods, fresh fruits and vegetables reign supreme. Incorporate more blueberries, citrus, and green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and broccoli to draw free-radicals out of your body and minimize the damage they can do to your skin. And just a little bonus: fruits and vegetables are an excellent water source, and as mentioned above, that’s a big plus for skin elasticity.
Cold Water Fish
Salmon, mackerel and halibut are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, which is essential for providing your skin with the oils you need to keep you skin hydrated, smooth and soft. If you don’t consume enough fatty acids, you’re more at risk for scaly, dry skin that lacks elasticity.
Not a fish fan? Eat more flaxseeds, almonds or walnuts, which contain the skin-protecting nutrient vitamin E. In fact, vitamin E plays an important role in helping to prevent skin damage caused by the sun and decrease the sagging and wrinkling of your skin as you age.
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