Eating healthy is one thing, slathering food onto your body is another. Both are good for your skin, but most of the time, the latter does more. While there are many dietary substances in what you eat that are good for the skin, “simply ingesting them may reduce their efficacy because the stomach’s acidic content wipes out most of what’s in your food,” says
While there are many dietary substances in what you eat that are good for the skin, “simply ingesting them may reduce their efficacy because the stomach’s acidic content wipes out most of what’s in your food...”
Thanks to modern science, more and more beauty products
Feed Your Face
If you eat tomatoes for lycopene, you can also apply them on your face. Lycopene has been recently found to help increase UV protection when combined with other skincare anti-oxidants such as vitamin A and E. The most recent breakthrough with this vegetable, however, uses white tomatoes. “The
Pomegranate and grapefruit, apart from possessing lycopene, have also long been used in healthcare, with their cancer-fighting compounds, hyperpigmentation-preventing extracts, and doses of vitamin C, which when applied topically, help diminish wrinkles and boost your skin’s natural SPF. “Obtaining the adequate level of vitamin C supports overall health, thus having an indirect influence on the skin. Studies show that co-administration of vitamin C topically is recommended for maximum skin benefit,” stresses Atilano.
Carbonated drinks and processed foods increase the acid levels in the blood and force the body to focus on reducing its pH. The blood seeks minerals to neutralize the acidity of the carbonated beverage and draws calcium and minerals from your bones...
Food extracts have also found great use for UV protection. Take for instance the use of cantaloupe melon. Organically farmed melon provides an exceptional concentrate of superoxide dismutase. When infused in sunscreen, it becomes an anti-aging extract and
Moisturizers, retinoids, and reparative peptides should be applied in the evening, as “there is an increase in microcirculation and water loss in order to support skin repair,” adds Atilano. You may hate durian for its pungent smell and you may never even eat it, but the fruit, which grows in tropical countries and is known to keep one’s hydration when eaten, has recently been found to possess great promise when it comes to skin repair and
Mushrooms, too, have been exciting many scientists for continuous discoveries on their anti-aging, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory compounds. Extracts of shiitake mushrooms, for instance, were recently discovered to help in preventing the breakdown of the skin’s collagen, which is responsible for making the skin supple, young, and moist.
Studies have revealed that drinking green tea directly influences skin health especially over time, thus, many scientists have found ways of transforming the drink into consumer beauty products for faster, better effectiveness. “People who consume lots of green tea are shown to have antioxidants in their skin,” states Atilano. “More recently, both animal and human studies have credibly demonstrated that topical green tea formulations reduce sun damage by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation.” Topical green tea may also synergistically enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen such as zinc oxide.
The Eat List
While limited, some ingested agents can directly influence skin health as well. And of course, eating right will always be the simplest way to look younger. Teo suggests vegetables and fruits that are high in antioxidants such as pineapples, raisins, mangosteens, and all the types of berries. Similarly, Atilano recommends what she calls a “Mediterranean” type of diet that consists of green leafy vegetables, olive oil, lemons, and limes that avoid refined sugars and flours, thus maintaining the body’s pH level for a healthier skin.
What else can accelerate aging? "Deep fried foods,” adds Teo. “They contain free radicals, believe it or not, and contribute to skin aging.
It is important to maintain the body’s pH level—slightly alkaline—which allows it to function best. “The ideal pH for human blood is 7.4, and the body will undertake all necessary processes to maintain that pH. Carbonated drinks and processed foods increase the acid levels in the blood and force the body to focus on reducing its pH. The blood seeks minerals to
What else can accelerate
Does organic food really make a difference? Well, more studies confirm that than otherwise. “Healthy soil equals healthy food equals healthy people” is a fundamental tenet of many organic farming systems. “Organic advocates claim organically grown foods are nutritionally superior because such foods contain higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids,” says Atilano. “On the other hand, the mainstream scientific community disputes these claims, arguing instead that nutritional differences do not exist.”
Several studies have proven that organic crops contain significantly more vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and significantly fewer nitrates than conventional crops. The same advantage applies when it comes to meat and dairy.
Finally, fat is not always to be feared. not all fats are fattening, according to Teo. “Good fats are unsaturated fats that help fight diseases that consuming excess fat causes. They have beneficial effects on cholesterol levels, metabolism, and the skin, hair, and nails,” she says. “These fats are usually found in cold-water fish, nuts, oils, seeds, and also in some dark leafy greens.”