I don’t know if it’s these polar vortexes we’ve had that has been extra harsh on my sensitive, delicate skin. Or that I am probably not hydrating enough because of the drying effects of the heaters being on so much to compensate for the polar vortexes. But, the other day I looked in the mirror and for the first time in my 43.7 years I thought Wow! I look OLD!! The fine lines that were just around my eyes when I smiled have now become wrinkles down my cheeks. Overnight! Absolutely ridiculous!
Pinterest.com here I come!
I found this great article from mom.me and am reblogging here. The best part about this article…
“A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating cocoa improved photoprotection in women’s skin, improved dermal circulation and improved the overall appearance of skin.”
You Are What You Eat
It’s great to have smooth, wrinkle-free skin—probably why you slather on SPF every morning. But what you may not realize is that what you put on your body is only half the battle. What you put in your body is just as important when combating environmental factors such as UV radiation and free radicals. Not sure what to nosh on? Experts explain the ins and outs of nutrients and antioxidants that contribute to radiant, healthy skin.
Why it’s important: Don’t just drink your water—eat it, too. “Eating foods that are rich in water, especially raw fruits and vegetables, will not only help your body hold onto water longer, but you’ll also get the added boost of important antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients,” says Dr. Howard Murad, author of The Water Secret and founder of skincare brand Murad Inc.
What to eat: cucumbers, pomegranates, avocados, apricots, mangoes, broccoli, spinach
Why it’s important: This antioxidant has anti-inflammatory effects and will help protect against free radicals—molecules that wreak havoc by eroding tissue. “Polyphenols generally provide defense against ultraviolet radiation,” says Murad. “Recent studies have also shown that diets rich in plant polyphenols aid against the development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and more.”
What to eat: pomegranates, cranberries, blueberries, green tea
Why it’s important: The ultimate multitasker, these antioxidants found in many fruits and veggies protect skin damage from all sides, so don’t leave them out of your dietary routine. “Carotenoids, as antioxidants, serve to protect cells from free radicals caused by sun exposure, radiation, pollutants, cigarette smoke or even stress,” says Murad.
What to eat: goji berries, tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit
Why it’s important: This carotenoid may cut the risk of several cancers, as well as help ward against skin cancer. “Studies are showing that lycopene, in combination with other carotenoids, may help to reduce sunburn and damage to skin from UV rays,” says Samantha Heller, registered dietitian and nutrition coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care’s Clinical at Griffin Hospital in Connecticut.
What to eat: tomato products, watermelon, guava, pink grapefruit
Why it’s important: In the fight against free radicals keen on destroying your skin’s tissue, consuming Coenzyme Q10 is a key way to block them out. “Coenzyme Q10 acts as a shield from free-radical damage, stopping the damage from penetrating the cells,” says Murad. It’s like a pair of sunglasses for your skin.
What to eat: spinach, peanuts, wheat germ, whole grains
Why it’s important: Skin cancer and breast cancer are two major diseases this natural chemical grouping fights against “by reducing their poisonous effect and stimulating the secretion of other anti-carcinogen chemicals,” says Murad. “They stop cancer cell proliferation and cause (certain cancer) cell death.”
What to eat: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, watercress, turnips
Why it’s important: This antioxidant works in your body, along with selenium (a trace found in foods like turkey and garlic) and vitamin C, for peak skin protection. “Vitamin E has been shown to play a role in immune function, in DNA repair and other metabolic processes,” says Heller. Fewer sick days, faster recovery and quicker metabolism? We can get on board with that.
What to eat: wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds
Why it’s important: Vitamin C will enhance collagen, making your complexion look fuller and younger. But its effects are truly more than skin deep. “Collagen is a fibrous protein that is the building block for skin, tendons, joints and other connective tissues and bones, keeping these, along with your blood vessels, healthy,” says Murad.
What to eat: mangoes, strawberries, potatoes, oranges, broccoli, green pepper, kiwi
Why it’s important: It’s a buzz food right now—and you should feel free to jump on the Omega-3 bandwagon for the sake of your skin. “It aids in passage of nutrients into cells, and acts as a systemic anti-inflammatory,” says Heller.
What to eat: salmon, walnuts, tofu, flax seed oil, ground flax seeds, canola
Why it’s important: This powerful combination of vitamins will fix your skin in a hurry. “Classic symptoms of deficiencies in B vitamins are visible in skin disorders like dermatitis; cracked lips; dry, flaky skin; and skin lesions,” says Heller. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, you may need more B vitamins like biotin, thiamin, B6, B12, niacin or folate.
What to eat: fat-free milk, fat-free cheese, fat-free yogurt, whole-grain cereal, bananas, chick peas, oats, peanuts, chicken breast
Why it’s important: Did we basically just say chocolate? Why, yes. “The best for last,” says Heller. “A recent study in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating cocoa improved photoprotection in women’s skin, improved dermal circulation and improved the overall appearance of skin.” So, please consume—in small quantities, of course.
What to eat: a little bit of dark chocolate