According to Dr. Howard Murad, world renowned dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare, using topical products for your skin concerns will reach about 20% of your skin from the outside and can really affect the skin dramatically, but to reach the other 80% one needs to look within. Nutrition and lifestyle make all the difference.
In her article, “Winter Foods for Healthy and Beautiful Skin”, Dr. Camille Henninger, of Poway Dermatology, shares a list of foods that are beneficial for the skin, and can be found in some unexpected places. Who would think they could find skincare at Starbucks, your local farmer’s market or your favorite sushi restaurant?
Coffee— A study by the European Journal of Cancer Prevention showed that one cup of caffeinated coffee a day reduced the risk of skin cancer by 10 percent. The caffeine in tea has also been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer. This is great news for me because I practically overdose on grande Soy Chai Tea Lattes from Starbucks during the winter season.
I love my local farmer’s market. The farmers are so nice. They always let me sample the delicious veggies before I buy.
Carrots— Beta carotene and lycopene in carrots help to protect your skin from UV damage.
Tuna— The omega-3 in tuna helps prevent skin cancer and it preserves collagen.
Read more about how you can eat your way to healthy skin here.