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No words hold more truth in matters health than Hippocrates’, “All disease begins in the gut”. This fact applies to the health of your skin, too. Unless you fix your gastrointestinal system, all you do on the outside is either in vain or will need to be sustained to keep working.
A good example is with moisturizing the skin. If you don't hydrate it by taking enough water, you will need to use a good moisturizer without fail; to hydrate and lock in moisture. In special cases, you will also need to do it more often. Not the standard morning and evening skincare routine.
There’s “something” you can do to help your gut do a better job at digesting food, metabolizing (digesting and converting food to energy), guarding your body systems and organs from infections, and eliminating toxins and whatever else you don’t need. That “something” is eating right.
As you look up the best skincare products for men, remember your diet will also play a role in bettering the health, feel and look of your skin.
Some foods promote better skin health. Some don't. Knowing what to eat and what to avoid is the place to start. To achieve your skin goals, eat to get these nutrients:
Zinc-rich foods – fish, whole grains, chicken, shellfish, nuts, and lean beef are all sources of zinc. Featuring zinc in your diet will help promote and maintain proper sebaceous glands functioning, help the skin to heal, and protect skin from sun damage.
Omega-3 and omega-6 foods – there are 11 fatty acids but these two are classified as essential fatty acids. Your body cannot make them. They help with skin tone, hydration, fighting inflammations, and aging spots. They are responsible for that glow everyone wants. You can get these nutrients from sunflower oil, flaxseed (linseed), linoleic acid, chia seeds oil, passion fruit oil, fish oil, and others.
Selenium-rich foods – salmon, sardines, tuna, spinach, and Brazil nuts are rich in selenium—especially Brazil nuts. Selenium prevents sun damage and heals age spots.
Vitamins E and C – vitamin E is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it absorbs UV light, and it strengthens the walls of cells alongside vitamin C. Foods rich in vitamin E include corn oil, sunflower oil, avocado, pine nuts, hazelnuts, and almonds. Meanwhile, vitamin C helps with the production of collagen – which is crucial to skin health. You can get more vitamin C from strawberries, oranges, kiwi fruits, pawpaw, sweet potatoes, blueberries, guava, broccoli, but other fruits and vegetables have some of it too. These vitamins ward off skin cancer, skin sagging, wrinkles, and also clear aging spots.
Proteins – if you want beautiful hair, skin, and nails, consume proteins. Proteins will give your skin the amino acids it needs to make collagen (which is what makes your skin soft, supple, and elastic). Eat lean beef, fish, poultry, organic dairy products, nuts and seeds, lentils, chickpeas, beans, and soy products.
From making the skin tone even, to healthy cell development, guarding against UV rays, and healing the skin, food is all you need. No pills, no long processes… just a change of diet for better skin. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. So do carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, pawpaw, kales, spinach, nuts, and other foods. And, they make your skin glow, too.
On diet, according to food experts and doctors, “The more colorful your mix of veggies and fruits is, the healthier.” For better results, eat at least five portions a day.
Eat red, yellow and green vegetables and fruits. They fight sun damage.
Avoid processed foods. They don’t pack in enough nutrients.
Reduce your sugar intake. Research is not conclusive about the impact of sugar on skin health but most people record better results with their skin goals when they cut on sugar.
Take carbs, too, to give you the energy to work out (because exercise is part of it!).
Drink water to flush out toxins and for hydration.
Bonus point: for skin-tightening, include omega-3 and foods that boost collagen i.e. strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli. For better skin health, go for these vitamins A and E for their anti-oxidant properties: swiss chard, carrots, pumpkin, wheat germ, and almond butter.
Remember, a healthy nutrition together with a good skincare routine is the key to a better looking skin.