Does your skin love what’s in your shopping basket? Maybe, if you’ve included salmon, blueberries, tomatoes, carrots, asparagus, broccoli and other super foods.
Why? Let’s start at the beginning.
We live in an atmosphere loaded with oxygen; it is in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and in the food we eat. Unfortunately, oxygen is corrosive and, acting with other agents, will eventually cause things to oxidate and rust. In your body, oxygen has a natural tendency to combine with other processes in the skin to produce what scientists call “free radicals,” the enemies of your skin that attack at the cellular level causing inflammation.
Such inflammation can make your pores look bigger and skin look dull, discolored, or yes — aged. Wrinkles, acne, and even eczema are also related to the damaging effects of oxidation-related inflammation.
What can you do to slow down or prevent these processes? Consider these facts and act accordingly:
- Protein is essential for skin repair.
- Vitamins A, C, and E are “antioxidant rich” adversaries of the free radicals and Vitamin C in particular helps the body naturally manufacture collagen.
- Selenium is a mineral that experts agree is critical to the production of glutathione, another enemy of free radicals.
- Thiamine is a B vitamin that helps skin cells function normally.
- Zinc assists epidermal cell growth.
- New research suggests that Lycopene may play a significant role in maintaining smooth skin. (read more about this on Daily Beauty)
Diet is in our control, and the more we know, the more we can influence the natural processes that make us look older. But as usual, permanent lifestyle changes and proven treatments are the way to go, not fads or gimmicks.