Top 8 foods for healthy skin — Musings of a NYC dermatologist

Today our guest blogger is our own aesthetician, Fabricio Ormonde! Fabricio’s background in nutritional counseling, in addition to his expertise in aesthetics, makes him uniquely qualified to teach us about great foods for our skin. Enjoy!
Have you ever heard the popular phrase “You are what you eat”? Whether you like it or not your diet will reflect itself on your skin. Eat healthy food, and you will look healthy. Eat junk food, you won’t be looking good. That is why it is important to know the right foods to eat for clear skin. The most basic skin care begins by eating right.

Creams and lotions can do wonders for your skin, but your diet is the foundation when it comes to having healthy skin. Beauty is dependent on the overall health of your body. In order for your skin to look attractive and vibrant you need to make healthy lifestyle choices, and a great place to start is with the foods you eat. So, if you want your skin to feel soft and look firm here are a few foods that you can eat starting today.

Green tea: rich in antioxidants that reduce inflammation and protect cell membranes. It has been proven to reduce the damage of sunburns and overexposure to ultraviolet light, which in turn reduces the risk of skin cancer. Green tea is also high in polyphenols — compounds that eliminate cancer-causing free radicals.

Blueberries: These blue little balls are one of natures most potent anti-aging foods. They help keep the skins elasticity, strengthen the gums, and contribute to the health of our eyes.

Brazil nuts: Help protect our skin from UV rays and they help reduce dryness.

Strawberries: Help protect our skins collagen structures. Collagen is what keeps our skin firm. Wrinkles form when our collagen levels start depleting.

Avocados: These contain folate which helps blood formation. This is essential for cell regeneration.
Beans: Jammed packed with phytochemicals, fiber, folic acid, protein, calcium, and magnesium. These guys can stabilize blood sugar as well as lower cholesterol.

Dark leafy greens: A.K.A – Spinach, kale, and dark lettuce are loaded with vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, phytochemicals, and antioxidants.Salmon : along with other fatty fish, walnuts and flaxseed – is high in healthy fatty acids that are key for achieving healthy skin. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3′s help keep cell membranes healthy by keeping out harmful substances as well as allowing nutrients to enter cells and exit with waste products. Omega-3s also reduce the body’s production of inflammatory agents that can damage the skin.

Pomegranate: Very good source of polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that can damage the skin.

It wont take very long to start seeing the major benefits these beauty foods will have on the health of your skin and the way it looks and feels.

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