In opposition to the narrative that great skin can only be attained through lotions or chemicals, the fact is that among the most important factors in the health of our skin are the things that we eat. For example, collagen (found in a number of meats) is in every cell of the body and affects not only the skin, but the health of hair and nails. Additionally, there are many fruits and vegetables which contain things like Vitamin C, polyphenols, and carotenoids, which directly impact skin health as well. Even unexpected sources such as caffeine, red wine, and chocolate can positively affect the body’s health in moderate amounts.
- Foods rich in collagen, such as meats and broths, can help make the skin stronger and more supple.
- The body can combine Vitamin C with certain amino acids to further supply the collagen the skin needs.
- Colorful root vegetables are good sources of carotenoids, which help keep skin looking attractive and healthy.
“Turns out, the secret to anti-aging isn’t in fancy lotions and potions, but what’s on the plate. Specifically, eating a healthful diet keeps skin healthy and young.”