How to Eat to Have Smooth Skin
While it could be great to say that we just have to up our intake of chocolate and be done with it, the fact is, a healthy diet in general is what keeps our skin looking good—along with the rest of us. So when you want to feed your skin right, consider this approaches.
Go green and red. The big skin takeaway here is antioxidants. Every day, we’re exposed to oxygen and if you cut an apple in half and watch it turn brown, that’s basically oxidation at work. It happens to us, to, though we see it in different ways, not the nasty brown yuck color of a cut apple. So antioxidants in certain fruits and veggies fight the free radical molecules that form as a part of oxidation and promote fresh skin. So make sure to add berries, squash, spinach, berries and beets to your diet. Also, carrots are nice to add to the mix, since their retinoids protect skin—that’s why you often see skin creams that contain retinol and similar substances.
Get friendly with fish. According to skin care researchers from Adore Organic Innovation, salmon, mackerel, tuna, black cod and sardines are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help the skin look younger while helping manage skin problems like acne and psoriasis. An added bonus is the coenzyme Q10 in salmon and tuna, since it’s another antioxidant.
Tea up. Green tea is better than the regular black tea most of us drink because it’s loaded with antioxidants and can help control skin inflammation.
Beef it up. Look to buy grass-fed beef, which has a favorable ratio of omega-3 to omega 6 fatty acids. This helps keep skin inflammation under control. And it’s packed with protein, which is a building block of collagen and elastin, two substances that help skin looking tight rather than loose and wrinkly.
And chocolate! Yes, it turns out that a small amount of dark chocolate (1 ounce) seems to help reduce skin roughness, according to at least one small study. The ladies in the study actually had more, nearly 4 ounces, but it’s not a good idea to eat that much because of the calories.