You are probably accustomed to watching what you eat in order to maintain your ideal weight or to shed unwanted pounds when you diet.
But what you eat also impacts your skin – so choosing the right foods is important to maintaining youthful and vibrant skin.
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While certain foods promote healthy and young-looking skin, other foods can lead to premature skin aging and other skin problems.
With autumn parties and tailgating, there are ample opportunities to eat foods that are not in your – or your skin’s – best interests.
When you are outside in the summer, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun to prevent skin cancer and other skin problems. But it’s also important to be aware that what you eat can affect your skin – positively and negatively – throughout the year.
While most of us like to enjoy good hamburgers, desserts and other foods, there are methods to ensure your diet is not harming your skin.
The Mayo Clinic notes that foods that are rich in antioxidants help protect your skin.
Antioxidants, which can be manufactured or occur naturally, are substances that can combat skin cell damage. Antioxidants can be found in myriad foods, with fruits and vegetables the most available resource.
Antioxidants are also found in dietary supplements.
The Mayo Clinic offers suggestions regarding foods that are good for your skin – and are refreshing and delicious.
Here are some foods you may want to turn to:
- Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables. Apricots and carrots are great snack foods and good for your skin.
- Spinach and leafy, green vegetables that can be found in most salads
- Peas, beans and lentils
- Fish – Salmon and mackerel are recommended
While there are numerous skin-friendly foods you can choose from, there are some foods you are better off avoiding if you are concerned about keeping your skin healthy and glowing.
The Mayo Clinic notes that skin damage is often an unwanted byproduct of consuming some foods. Officials there suggest you try to avoid a diet heavy on processed and refined carbs, not to mention unhealthy fats.
All of these can lead to aging skin.
Foods found at most barbecues are often bad for your skin, but moderation is key to any diet. So while you don’t have to skip that hot dog or hamburger, it’s better for your skin if you cut back on these foods – and try to avoid getting seconds.
Some meats prepared at high temperatures produce compounds that can make skin look old before its time. French fries, fried chicken and potato chips should be avoided. If you want to eat those foods, do so less often, or eat them in smaller portions.
So enjoy the fall and the delicious foods the season brings, but remember some food favorites may lead to skin problems.