By now you know that a healthy diet is essential to your overall health, affecting the way you feel on the inside. But did you know that what you eat also affects the way you look? Foods high in saturated fat can cause unsightly blemishes, while other foods can help keep your skin looking radiant and young. Here, trusted plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Michaels shares his recommendations of must-have beauty superfoods to include in your diet for flawless skin.
This dark, leafy green vegetable seems to be all the rage right now, and for good reasons. Kale is high in fiber, low in calories and rich in Vitamins A and C. Vitamin C in particular gives skin its elastic, firm quality. Add kale to your salad or sandwich to get your regular dose of this superfood.
Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, antioxidants that help prevent signs of aging by keeping the skin firm and supple. These fruits are also high in vitamin C. The great thing about blueberries is that they can easily be added to meals. Try sprinkling blueberries over yogurt, oatmeal or cereal, or adding it to your breakfast smoothie.
The beauty of coconut oil is that it can be used topically as well as for cooking. Coconut oil has long been used in body lotions and as a body oil for its creamy texture and hydrating qualities. As for cooking, use coconut oil as you would olive oil to enjoy its antioxidant benefits.
Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation and help keep skin moisturized. Not consuming enough omega-3s can lead to dry skin and even wrinkling. Try sprinkling flaxseeds on oatmeal, soup or even over a salad.
Açaí berries are another superfood with high levels of anthocyanins, which help keep the skin healthy and blemish-free. Açaí berries can also reduce swelling and inflammation, making it particularly beneficial for people who have skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Add a small batch of açaí berries in your smoothies or juices.
Want Smoother, Younger-Looking Skin?
If you already include these superfoods in your regular diet and are still seeing aged or sun-damaged skin, Dr. Joseph Michaels would like to help. He offers several nonsurgical skin treatments designed to keep the skin looking refreshed and radiant.
To learn more about your skin rejuvenation options, contact plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Michaels today. Please call our Bethesda office at (301) 468-5991 or our Fairfax office at (703) 957-8610.