The pervasive myth that drinking lots of water will help your skin is a fallacy that wastes your time (unless you enjoy spending lots of time going to the bathroom). Rather, eating the right foods can lead to healthier skin cell production, reduced dry skin, a more radiant complexion, fewer breakouts, less wrinkles, and greater skin resiliency so you look younger, longer.
It's a fact: Chronic inflammation from numerous sources prematurely ages the skin. Inflammation occurs inside and outside the body. Many of the foods we eat on a routine basis generate a steady buildup of inflammation in the body. Over time and coupled with unhealthy lifestyle choices (think smoking and tanning), the body becomes less able to handle the constant inflammatory assaults, causing immune system malfunctions that lead to chronic illness and diseases which could have been avoided with a change in diet.
To some extent this is true for the skin as well. And the good news is that it's not too late to begin reducing inflammation and repairing some of the damage right now. In essence, consuming an anti-inflammatory diet is one of the more beautiful things you can do for yourself and your skin.
The foods on the list below are among the worst for inciting inflammation within the body. Seek to reduce your intake or avoid them completely and soon you'll see the rewards in the mirror:
I get seduced by potato chips and chocolate cake as much as the next person, but by keeping in mind what is really important I can pay attention to a vast array of healthy foods that work to reduce inflammation. And these foods are far from flavorless or boring! Quite the contrary, you may find that eating these foods coupled with antioxidant-rich spices to be a culinary adventure for your taste buds! The next time you're jotting down your grocery list, be sure to add these anti-inflammatory, appearance-boosting foods:
Now that you're aware of which foods can improve your appearance, it's important to pair a healthy diet with a healthy skin-care routine. The products you use to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and protect your skin should contain ingredients that support skin's normal functioning while reducing inflammation. Look for products I've rated highly because these contain essential ingredients for skin such as antioxidants, soothing agents, and ingredients that help rebuild and sustain skin's healthy barrier function. And of course, be sure your daily routine includes sun protection because unprotected sun exposure is one of the most insidious forms of chronic inflammation you're likely to encounter.