Have you tried all the drug store creams, retinol treatments and serums only to be unsatisfied with your results? Have you ever considered that what you eat every day could play a vital role in your skin condition? The truth is it can, and, with a few dietary changes, you could see an improvement to your skin texture and tone.
While it may take time for your body to adjust to a new diet filled with foods that are good for your skin, you should consider a cosmetic facial treatment to give you a jump start on a new you.
The Power of Vitamin A and Antioxidants
You have probably heard of retinol and how powerful it can be for the skin. But did you know that retinol is derived from vitamin A? If you eat foods that are high in vitamin A or beta-carotene, this converts to retinoic acid and works as an antioxidant, helping to keep your skin cells healthy.
And vitamin A isn’t the only antioxidant that can benefit your skin. Antioxidants work to protect against oxidative damage that can contribute to premature aging of the skin. Eating foods rich in these antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin) help protect your skin cells and reduce the risk of potential damage. Vegetables and fruits are typically high sources of antioxidants.
Seafood and Healthy Fats are Packed with Nutrition and Help Keep Your Skin Soft and Supple
Other great dietary sources that help keep your skin soft and nourished are fatty fish, avocados and nuts. These foods are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which help minimize inflammation and help skin retain moisture.
An omega-3 fatty acid deficiency can cause skin to appear dry. Adding foods rich in omega-3 will help keep your skin soft and supple.
Even Chocolate Can Help!
Eating a healthy diet can definitely make a difference in the condition of your skin, but that doesn’t mean you can indulge once in a while. As a matter of fact, chocolate is even good for your skin! Cocoa powder and dark chocolate are high in antioxidants, and a study in 2006 showed that long-term ingestion of cocoa helps to improve the condition of women’s skin.
A simple change in your diet can make a world of difference when it comes to your skin, but it can take time. Before you make changes to your diet, consider a cosmetic facial treatment, such as laser resurfacing. Laser resurfacing will give you a fresh slate to work with and you should be able to see how changes in your diet can help keep your skin looking young and radiant.
For more information on how cosmetic treatments can give your skin a fresh new look, call Wellskin Med Spa at 972-810-3481 or contact us online today.