You may have heard that your skin is an outward reflection of what is going on inside the body. It’s true. The skin is your body’s largest organ, and what you put into your body can determine how your skin reacts. Changing your diet can improve the appearance of your skin. However, it will not cure ALL of your skin care problems. That’s why it is still important to have a healthy diet AND a good skin care routine that matches your skin type. Together, you will get the best results. Here are a few small changes you can make to your diet to get YOUR best results.
Look for “ACE”. Vitamins A, C, and E are the most important for your skin. Vitamin A helps prevent the signs of aging, Vitamin C helps promote clear skin and repairs it, and Vitamin E helps protect your skin from the environment. Did you know that Mary Kay was the FIRST brand to add Vitamins A, C, and E to its mineral makeup line? Talk about ahead of the trend!
Limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. These dehydrate your body and the deep layers of your skin. If you MUST have that cup of coffee in the morning or that glass of wine with dinner, make sure you follow it up with a glass of water to keep your body and your skin hydrated.
Add Vitamin A to your diet for age fighting benefits. Vitamin A is found in vegetables such as carrots, spinach, broccoli and sweet potatoes.
Add Vitamin B for exfoliation and firmness. You can find Vitamin B in vegetables, eggs and products with yeast.
Add Vitamin C for clear skin. You can find Vitamin C in many citrus fruits as well as in broccoli, berries, tomatoes, peppers and leafy greens.
Add Vitamin D for skin renewal. Vitamin D can be found in egg yolks, salmon, milk and other dairy products.
Add Vitamin E to maintain healthy skin tissue. You can find Vitamin E in Wheat, leafy greens, nuts and whole grains.
Add Zinc to promote healing and reduce inflammation. You can find Zinc in whole grain foods, nuts, dairy, fish and beans.
Add Biotin for healthy skin, hair and nails. Biotin can be found in Peanut Butter, whole grains and eggs.
Add healthy fats for supple skin, and soft, shiny hair. Use Olive Oil and Avocado and other Omega-3 fats such as Salmon and seeds into your diet to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) as well as give you soft, shiny hair and nice, supple skin.
Below is a list of safe snacks to keep on hand. These are healthy, Skin Diet approved snacks.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Water with a bit of lemon juice or unsweetened cranberry extract.