Vitamin D is essential for healthy skin, and the best way to receive vitamin D is from the sun even while wearing an SPF of 15 or higher. You can drink vitamin D-enriched beverages, eat foods fortified with vitamin D or take a supplement. However, according to Radiant Health, there are plenty of other ways to maintain healthy skin through a variety of common foods. So, get a radiant glow, banish wrinkles, and keep skin youthful—one bite at a time!
Water: While it often goes without saying, drinking enough water is essential to healthy, supple skin. Eight to 10 glasses of water a day is the ideal intake, however, if you include cardio or high-intensity workouts into your weekly routine, you should aim to drink at least your body weight in ounces of water. Drinking too many caffeinated and sugary drinks can cause sudden rises in insulin, which is reflected in your skin.
Blueberries: These small, delicious berries are constantly in season between the ones harvested in North America in the spring and those imported from South America during the winter months. Blueberries aid in fighting aging skin through the antioxidants and vitamin C they contain. Try some as a fresh topper to a dessert, cereal, salad, or pop them for a quick snack.
Fish: The omega-3 fatty acids in fish provide a natural way to add just the right amount of oil to your skin without clogging your pores. While it is good to watch the amount of fat intake to keep your skin healthy, having it in moderation helps to avoid dull, dry skin.
Whole-Grains: Whole-wheat bread is not only an alternative to foods that contain refined white flour, they also promote healthy digestion because of the fiber content. Healthy digestion shows through the skin as it flushes out impurities and toxins in the body.
Green Tea: Just like blueberries, green tea contains antioxidants that aid in fighting the signs of aging. In addition, it keeps the body hydrated, which nourishes the skin.
Sweet Potatoes: A healthy dose of vitamin A, which reduces the signs of wrinkles, is found in a medium-sized sweet potato. While over-the-counter products are available that contain vitamin A, they can also dry and irritate the skin.
A Rainbow of Vegetables: A key to choosing your vegetables is to eat the rainbow. This means you choose vegetables that are richer in color as they tend to have the essential nutrients for a healthy diet.
Avocados: As a quick-fix, avocados make for a great homemade skin mask. The healthy fats and vitamins A and C enhance the complexion and help to fight signs of aging skin. Along with these benefits, avocados are high in fiber.
Each of these foods are the first steps in home remedies that can contribute to healthy, beautiful skin. Go ahead! Indulge. As an added bonus, we suggest following a complete skin care protocol. The MedSpa at The Graivier Center is dedicated to tailoring skin care through an array of facial treatments for each individual patient. Contact us today for your comprehensive consultation!