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3 Tips to Eat Your Way to Youthful Skin

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Aging is a universal experience, which eventually affects all of our bodies, inside and out. Over time, the skin becomes thinner, drier, and less elastic as a result of the aging process. These changes can lead to fine lines and wrinkles and can often affect our confidence. Luckily, there are many ways to combat and slow this process. One way to supplement your skincare routine and regular cosmetic treatments is through dietary adjustments. These adjustments can strengthen and plump the skin, leaving you feeling younger and more confident than ever. We’ve gathered three ways you can eat better and feel younger this summer! 

1. Fight Free Radicals with Antioxidants and Amino Acids

Free radicals are a byproduct of cellular activity that can cause damage to DNA, protein, and cells—including skin cells. You can fight the buildup of free radicals by consuming antioxidants, which are molecules that safely interact with free radicals to stop cell damage and protect your skin and other tissues.

 The principal antioxidants are vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and selenium. While they can be taken as oral supplements, getting your antioxidants from food is the best way for your body to absorb them. Antioxidants can be found in many foods, including berries, carrots, dark chocolate, and oranges. When in doubt, go brighter—antioxidants are the source of brighter hues in some foods. The key is to aim for variety, as this will allow you to reap the benefits of many different types of antioxidants. Amino acids are also important to boost cell repair and replace collagen, a protein that is key for skin health. Lean protein such as white-meat chicken, nuts, and beans are all great sources of amino acids.

 2. Fatty Acids Feed the Cell Membrane

Fatty acids, including omega-3s and oleic acid, keep cell membranes full, providing internal benefits while making skin appear smooth and supple. Sources include olive oil and fish, such as salmon and mackerel. However, be careful what kind of fish you choose as some options, such as tuna and swordfish, are high in mercury and should only be consumed occasionally. Olive oil, in addition to providing omega-3 fatty acids, also contains anti-inflammatory properties and two classes of antioxidants: vitamin E and polyphenols. It can be used as a salad dressing, a frying oil for eggs or veggies, or even on a sandwich, so get creative.   

3. Remember Hydration

Though it might seem basic, water is an important and easy way to keep your skin hydrated and youthful. It keeps cell membranes soft, aiding with absorption of beneficial nutrients to your skin. Aim for 6 to 8 cups a day and increase that amount if you are outside in hot weather or if you are physically exerting yourself. If you find it hard to remember (or boring) to drink plain water, use an app to remind yourself, get a fun bottle, or try flavoring your water with berries, lemon, or fruit for a more exciting and flavorful drink. Sip, sip, hooray!   

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