Foods for Healthy Skin (Guest Post by Tracy of Healthline)

Foods for Healthy Skin

Genetics play a vital role in the health of your skin but is also important that the correct foods be eaten. The appearance of wrinkles and acne are reduced and younger looking skin achieved by eating properly. There are a number of products that can be obtained either over the counter or with a prescription to aid in problems with the skin but a glowing healthy complexion and slowing of the effects of aging can be achieved by making a few dietary changes.

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Eat Fruits to Get Beneficial Vitamins and Antioxidants

Antioxidants and vitamin C can be found in tropical fruits such as pineapple, kiwi, mango, guava and papaya. The production of collagen is stimulated and the body is aided in the fight against damage from free radicals with the nutrients found in these foods. Additional benefits of eating tropical fruit include boosting the immune system to help prevent diseases because of the high vitamin and mineral content.

Essential Fatty Acids

One of the best sources of the essential fatty acids the body needs is olive oil. The skin will look nourished and radiant by strengthening cell membranes and increasing elasticity with good fats. There are both anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants found in olive oil and it can be applied to skin directly as a facemask to moisturize. A combination of sea salt and olive oil can be used to exfoliate the skin. The appearance of the skin will improve by eating olive oil in daily meals.

Yogurt

Vitamin A is beneficial to the skin and found in large amounts in yogurt. Protein and vitamins in the diet are increased when yogurt is included as a regular part of your diet. This provides you with several benefits:

•        Premature aging is prevented

•        Skin discoloration reduced

•        Aids in the treatment of acne

•        Excess sebum is removed and the skin glows

        Foods to Avoid for Healthy Skin

•        Sugar

•        Salt

•        High glycemic foods

While salt can be used to help exfoliate the skin, eating it can result in the swelling of the tissues and leave you looking puffy. The fibers that keep the skin firm are elastin and collagen, eating sugar damages them resulting in dull skin and wrinkles.

Acne has been linked to eating foods such as cakes, white bread and pasta that are known as high glycemic foods. Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are found in oats and whole wheat so replacing the high glycemic foods with them can be beneficial to the health of your skin.

Supplying the body with the proper nutrients will help to keep the skin healthier and smoother no matter what type of skin you have.

Healthy skin begins with the foods that you eat, although simple things like protecting yourself from the sun will go a long way in keeping your skin beautiful and healthy. Including plenty of fruits and vegetables in the diet to ensure that you have the proper vitamins, minerals and proteins will help to fight aging and retain the elasticity of the skin ensuring that you have healthy skin.

Tammy Mahan is a medical/health freelance writer with 20 years of nursing experience. In her free time, she contributes articles to Healthline.com .

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