Posted on January 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM
HOUSTON—The skincare industry is a billion-dollar business. Stores are filled with acne treatments, anti-aging creams and the latest potions to give you healthy, glowing skin. But what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your face—maybe even more important.
It could be as simple as what you eat.
“Your skin is actually a very good reflection of what is going on internally,” said dermatologist Joyce Farrah.
D. Farrah says if you want clear skin, change your diet. Start with anti-inflammatory super seeds like flax and chia seeds.
“They are both very rich in omega-3 fatty acids,” she explained. They also help skin retain moisture.
Another addition to your diet, according to the doctor, should be probiotics. She deems them beneficial bacteria and yeast. They can be found in yogurt, kefir, buttermilk and even supplements. They increase good bacteria in your body, which stimulates the skin’s protective mechanism.
Maureen Franklin says to pick purple produce. It neutralizes free radicals that damage skin.
“The darker the color, it has the ability, the potential, to have four-times the amount of antioxidants in it,” Franklin said.
It also improves circulation to help the skin form new cells, collagen and elastin.
Finally, to combat dull skin, cook with ginger, cinnamon and curry powder.
“It can decrease the production of melanin from your melanocytes, so it can help to even out some of this skin pigmentation,” Dr. Farrah said.
The food that’s good for your skin is also good for the rest of you.
“You are what you eat. A lot of time times I think it’s a very important thing to think about for people” she added.
Perhaps it is best to load up your next lunch with some power foods. Your skin will thank you for it.