Updated: Feb 25, 2021
Have you ever wondered about the link between nutrition and how your skin is aging? This connection has been an interesting topic which scientists have studied for centuries. A large variety of plant extracts have been used either as supplements or as topical compounds to beautify the skin since ancient times.
There are 2 types of skin aging. Intrinsic aging represents the chronological aging that affects all of our organs. The second is extrinsic, which is the result of environmental factors such as UV exposure, smoking, sleep deprivation, and poor nutrition. The best way to prevent the extrinsic skin aging? A well-designed healthy lifestyle! A balanced, nutrient rich diet, good sleep, well managed stress, and regular physical activity all play a vital role!
Which nutrients are key? Carotenoids, tocopherols, flavonoids, vitamins A, C, D, E as well as Omega-3 fatty acids are some of the nutrients found to promote ideal skin health. Many of these serve as potent anti-oxidants which protect the skin from oxidative stress that environmental exposure cause. Omega-3 consumption has been linked to improvement in skin dryness associated with aging and improvement with skin atrophy.
A diet rich in a rainbow of fruits and vegetables is the ideal way to obtain the range of anti-oxidants. My favorite way to do this is to strive to make a colorful plate at every meal with a variety of plants! My favorite source of Omega-3’s are ground flaxseed, walnuts, or chia seeds which are easy to add to your morning meal!
Good Morning Smoothie (rich in Omega-3, Vit A, D, C, E and other nutrients perfect for beautiful skin!)
1 cup frozen pineapple
Handful of spinach
2 pitted dates
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
Vitamin D fortified almond milk to desired consistency
For a deeper dive into nutrition and your health, contact Women’s Health Elevated, Madeline Hardacre MD (775) 302-0406