Amy McGorry from Prevention Magazine is all about getting and maintaining healthy skin, and the best way to do it, she contends in this video, is not through expensive creams and lotions, but rather through excellent nutrition.
It’s about what you put in your body
Good nutrition, she says, is the “fundamental building block of healthy skin.” It is those natural ingredients and foods that are good for you that protect your skin from harmful UV rays and the damage they produce—dark spots, wrinkles, and even melanoma.
You can get the most beautiful skin ever through paying attention to your diet and nutrition. You do this by consuming healthy fats, proteins, and lots of vegetables and fruits. Not only will your skin be vibrant and healthy, it will look younger, too!
Drink, drink, drink!
The first step is hydration. Drink plenty of water. Drink as much water as you can manage and then drink some more. While you may not think of it this way, your skin is an organ; just like any other organ, your skin is composed of cells. Skin cells (like all the other cells in your body) are made up of water. Without water, these cells won’t function at their best: they need lots of it in order to survive—and thrive. If your skin doesn’t get a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will turn your skin dry, tight, and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. So there’s one quick and easy fix for beautiful skin!
Add to the hydration a selection of power foods that do everything: they provide nutrition to your skin (and as a bonus they do a lot more for the rest of your body, including feeding your brain, lowering your cholesterol, improving your sleep, and more). These super foods include Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, apples, soy, eggs, almonds, walnuts, cocoa (made with dark chocolate), extra virgin olive oil, and whole-grain breads.
We talked about protein, and here’s the scoop: cold-water fish (like salmon, sardines, cod, and tuna) are especially rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids also work to keep your skin soft and supple. Eating three to four ounces at least twice a week gives give you a good amount of these essential fatty acids.
The power of purple
While the power vegetables mentioned earlier all belong in your diet, your real secret weapon against aging skin is a color: purple. Think of fruits and vegetables that are purple: purple potatoes, cabbage, eggplant, raspberries, and blueberries. All these purple foods are rich in anthocyanins, which are a type of antioxidant that improve circulation, increase blood flow, and “help bring skin the nutrients it needs to form new cells, collagen and elastin,” says McGorry.
Healthy skin requires collagen, but that’s one of the drawbacks of aging. Collagen keeps your skin soft, smooth, supple, and overall youthful. The problem is that as your body ages, it produces less and less collagen. A lack of collagen leads to thinner skin, dryness, and more wrinkles.
Pills can help
You can stimulate collagen production with Vitamin C supplements. In fact, in a large placebo-controlled, double blind study that was published in early 2014, women took 2.5 g. of a hydrolyzed collagen peptide (its brand name is Verisol) once a day.
After eight weeks, researchers measured a 20% reduction in wrinkle depth around the women’s eyes, and levels of the body’s own precursor to collagen were significantly elevated, with production up by an impressive 65%.