You have probably heard the expression “you are what you eat.”
That old expression can also apply to your skin, with certain foods promoting healthy and youthful-looking skin, while others may lead to aging skin and other skin problems.
With summer comes parties, picnics, barbecues and plenty of other opportunities to eat foods that may not be the best for your skin. So just as you would take extra care of your skin in the sun during the summer months, be aware that what you eat also can affect your skin in positive and negative ways.
While everyone should be able to enjoy a good burger, ice cream desserts and other summer staples, here are some tips on what foods help your skin stay clear and youthful, and which foods you may want to avoid.
The Mayo Clinic reports that foods rich in antioxidants can help in protecting your skin.
Antioxidants can be made or are naturally occurring substances that can fight off or slow down some types of cell damage. Antioxidants are in numerous foods, most notably fruits and vegetables. They can also be found in dietary supplements.
At Dermatology Associates P.C. of Norwood, Foxboro and Franklin, our highly trained and professional staff can help you make healthy food choices for your skin.
The Mayo Clinic lists a number of foods that are skin-friendly – and refreshing and tasty during the hot summer months. Some you might want to try include:
- Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, including apricots, carrots and other summer favorites.
- Spinach and other green and leafy vegetables found in most summer salads.
- Peas, beans and lentils.
- Fish- Mackerel and salmon are recommended, along with other fatty fish.
While there are plenty of skin-friendly foods to choose from, there are foods you should avoid if you are concerned about your skin.
The Mayo Clinic reports skin damage can be an unwanted byproduct of eating some foods. Try to avoid a diet that is heavy on processed or refined carbs, and unhealthy fats.
All can lead to aging skin.
Foods found at most summer barbecues can be bad for your skin, but as with many foods, moderation is key. So while you don’t have to jettison hot dogs and hamburgers from your diet altogether, it’s better for your skin to reduce your intake of these foods.
Many meats cooked at high heat can produce compounds that can make your skin look older. Foods such as french fries, potato chips and fried chicken should also be avoided, or eaten less frequently or in smaller portions.
So enjoy your summer and the delicious foods of the season, but keep in mind that some may cause skin problems.
Contact the team at Dermatology Associates to learn more about food, diet and better skin.