It’s a hackneyed old line that ‘beauty comes from within,’ almost as hackneyed as ‘you are what you eat,’ but as with most old adages, they’re clichés because they’re true! We all know that the food you put in your body has a huge effect on your appearance, something top LA Dermatologist, Dr Howard Murad has long championed through his whole-person wellness approach.
“A healthy complexion is a reflection of total wellness both inside and out,” Says Dr Murad. “This, in turn, creates a healthy environment for the skin so that if problems do arise, they resolve more easily. Take all the necessary steps to achieve healthy skin – including the right products, the proper nutrients (from both food and supplements) and positive lifestyle choices and over time, your whole body will be healthier too.”
Sounds pretty peachy doesn’t it? Read on to discover Dr Murad’s top foods to help solve your skincare issues today.
Banish breakouts: “Load up on the orange brigade! Apricots, sweet potatoes and mangos contain high amounts of Vitamin A which normalises the production and life cycle of skin cells. In skin with acne, there is an overproduction of cells in the stratum corneum which is the outermost layer of the skin and is composed of biologically “dead” cells. These excess dead cells combine with sebum (the skin’s own natural oil) to form comedones – the pore plugs that are the defining element of acne.”
Plumper skin: “Colourful, tasty and protective, berries help fend off free radicals that dull the skin while simultaneously boosting collagen production levels. Throw in a handful of raspberries, blueberries and pomegranate seeds into your next smoothie for added flavour and skin safety.”
Hydration boost: “Eat walnuts. A handful of walnuts will help satisfy your daily cell-hydrating omega-3 fatty acids which helps attract water to dehydrated cells and connective tissue. Cold water fish and ground flaxseeds are also excellent food sources of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). EFA’s are vital and have amazing hydrating abilities in topical creams and when taken internally, they help to build up cell membranes and attract water to cells.”
Treat hyperpigmentation: “Go green with broccoli and spinach as these foods are a great source of Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) which is a potent fat-and-water-soluble antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.”
Boost your sun protection: “Pomegranates are a wonderful source of antioxidants and may be the world’s most prolific source of polyphenols, also very beneficial in increasing the protective abilities of sunscreens.”