Lets venture today a bit into TMI-land and talk about skin – particularly blemishes. If you’re like me, you might have mistakenly thought that after your teens were over you’d never get another zit in your life and that ‘adulthood’ meant not having to worry about your skin. Cue the buzzer sound – how wrong were we? So while I continue to use a skin-cocktail of Neutrogena and Clearasil to keep pesky blemishes at bay, I’ve also started thinking about what can be done from the inside out. Here’s some of what I’ve gained from
extensive scientific research a little googling on the issue:
- Here fishy fish: Fish apparently contains oils that help nourish the skin which translates into a softer more lusterous complexion (sounds fancy, right?). Not a fan of fish? Add an essential fatty acid supplement or fish oil supplement to your daily routine.
- Vitamin A: Apparently this is essential for maintaining and healing epithelial tissue – yeah, I don’t know what that means either. Bottom line – egg yolks, nonfat milk, dark orange and dark green vegetables are all high in Vitamin A.
- Vitamin B: Suffer from dry skin? It may be because you’re not getting enough Vitamin B. B vitamins help maintain normal skin function, including that of oil-producing glands which keep the skin moisturized. Good sources are poultry, red meat, fish, bananas and peanut butter.
- Vitamin E: Lets call Vitamin E the fountain of youth because apparently it helps slow the aging of skin cells. Sounds good to me. Best sources of Vitamin E are almonds, hazelnuts (guessing coffee creamer doesn’t count), salmon, leafy vegetables and olive or sesame oils.
If you want more, read this helpful article on the diet skin connection from WebMD. I think I need to go home and make a shopping list! So, what’s your secret to good skin??? Pray tell…