While many people know that antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are substances that may improve their heart health and overall well-being, they may not know that these healthy nutrients may also improve the appearance of skin. As we get older, skin can start to show the signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging, and the way that people eat can help combat this process.
Recently, The Gambit, a New Orleans news source, spoke to local dermatologist Barbara Bopp of East Jefferson Hospital, who explained how a healthy diet can help people achieve glowing skin.
Omega-3s are for more than heart health
According to the doctor, consuming more omega-3 fatty acids is one of the best ways that people can enhance their complexion. These healthy lipids can help the skin maintain moisture and may reduce a person's risk of developing a number of common skin conditions.
Health Magazine also spoke to dermatologists who touted the benefits of omega-3s for the skin. According to the news source, omega-3s may enhance brain health, and a 2005 study in the Journal of Lipid Research also found that omega-3s may help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
Bopp told the Gambit that omega-3s can be found in walnuts, avocados and fatty fish like mackerel, salmon, sardines and tuna. However, for people who do not consume any of these foods, there are fish oil supplements that can also provide a healthy dose of omega-3s.
Antioxidants help combat toxins
Along with natural aging, the pollution people encounter during their day-to-day lives can make skin look older. Luckily, antioxidants can help fight off the effects of these toxins. According to Bopp, antioxidants can neutralize the free radicals from the environment that cause wrinkles. These highly charged ions come from car exhaust, cigarette smoke and other common forms of pollution that can damage skin cells.
Antioxidants can be found in blueberries, strawberries, green tea, pecans and many other healthy fruits and cruciferous vegetables.
Discovery Health states that unlike topical creams and moisturizers, antioxidants can help protect the skin from the inside out. Vitamin C, in particular, is an antioxidant that has been shown to benefit the skin. This nutrient is present in many citrus fruits, including oranges.
Bopp concluded by saying that people who want their skin to retain its youthful glow should be sure to drink plenty of water to keep their complexion hydrated.