Healthier Skin by Eating the Right Foods

Eating a healthy balanced diet is something Dr. Jochen of Contour Dermatology is passionate about. You have heard it said and probably didn’t like it but, ‘You are what you eat!’ Not only is this true of your body, but it also directly affects your complexion. In order to obtain the glow of health you see the celebrities have, you really need to address your skin from the inside out. A few suggestions that are consistent among present research include incorporating more of the following into your daily diet:

Water: We’ve all heard this time and time again but water is a miracle worker. Water not only keeps you hydrated, it also flushes toxins out. Never underestimate the power of agua! 

Green Tea: This polyphenol, antioxidant-rich beverage has anti-inflammatory properties and it is linked to defending the skin from UV light, which can of course potentially reducing your risk for skin cancer. 

Antioxidants: Think of antioxidants as your own little army going to battle daily to help you fight the war on aging. You might be surprised to know how many choices you have when it comes to incorporating antioxidants to your diet. The best-known antioxidants of course are: Vitamins A, C, and E. Vitamin A helps repair skin tissue, Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, and Vitamin E which helps to regulate Vitamin A, by not only fighting free-radicals, but also it can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Just make sure not to exceed recommended levels of Vitamins A and E.

Fun Fact: Did you know that red wine is high in a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol, enjoying in moderation can have a positive effect on your skin!

Omega-3s: These essential fatty acids are rich in flax seeds, walnuts, fish, some seafood, soybeans, kidney beans and winter squash among other food sources. By eating these regularly this will help keep your skin supple and smooth. 

B-Vitamins: Not only does Biotin help maintain overall skin health but it helps keep your nails strong ad hair healthy. Naturally, it’s found in brewer’s yeast, nutritional yeast, liver, cauliflower, salmon, bananas, carrots, egg yolks, sardines, legumes, and mushrooms. Another B vitamin, Niacin, this assists in retaining your skins moisture, detoxification and promotes better circulation. 

Minerals: Three of the best minerals for your skin to look for is in your multivitamin, or better yet your diet, always include: Selenium – to help protect your skin from sun damage, Copper – for aiding in the development of elasticity, and Zinc –will assisting in taming your oil production.

“I may not always do it perfectly, but I do recognize how important eating healthy is to your skin. I encourage you to eat wisely to enjoy good health and the radiance that comes from having healthy skin.” – Dr. Timothy Jochen of Contour Dermatology 

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Dr. Timothy Jochen Medical Director, Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center
Dr. Jochen specializes in Mohs Surgery for skin cancer removal, facial rejuvenation including cosmetic laser technology, Botox® and facial fillers, soft tissue augmentation, leg and facial vein treatment, tumescent liposuction and hair restoration/transplants.

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