Here at NOVA Plastic Surgery we encourage a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation so you can always look and feel your best.
This includes what you eat because food influences the appearance of your skin.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It needs nutrients, oxygen, and hydration in order to be healthy and retain your youthful beauty. More than that, acne, rosacea, redness, dry skin, and even fine lines and wrinkles are all affected by what you eat on a daily basis.
Use these 5 simple food switches to take years off your appearance!
Switch coffee for green tea
Coffee is a diuretic, meaning it removes moisture from your body and your skin.
Green tea, on the other hand, is one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants and has been shown to dramatically decrease inflammation in our cells. Being that the skin is one of the first places that inflammation often appears, switching out coffee for green tea can help rectify that and influence how your skin looks.
Switch milk chocolate for dark chocolate
Raw cocoa contains an enormous amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants bind to free radical cells and make them stable again, preventing or reducing the damage caused to your skin by the environment.
Dark chocolate also tends to contain less sugar too, an ingredient that’s been shown to promote more rapid aging.
Switch to a 70%+ dark chocolate. It not only tastes great, but your skin will see the benefits as well.
Switch vegetable oils for olive oil
Vegetable oils like sunflower, safflower, peanut, grapeseed and general vegetable oils contain high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids that promote inflammation and oxidation in our cells.
Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat that contains more than 36 polyphenolic compounds. Extensive research shows olive oil is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-aging.
Not to mention it’s been shown to prevent and treat many different diseases – meaning it’s going to slow down aging, foster better skin and improve your overall health at the same time.
Switch white to whole wheat
Foods like white bread and white pasta seem to have become a staple in the standard American diet. Yet they are stripped of all their nutrients and are high in calories, both of which influence your health and your skin.
The skin needs nutrients so always choose the healthier more nutrient dense options. A simple switch is to choose brown over white anytime.
Switch sugar for veggies
This is one of the most important switches you can make. Sugar has been shown to directly influence aging, making us age more rapidly. It also contributes to acne, blemishes, inflammation and redness.
And on top of that it contains zero nutrients and lots of calories, which of course leads to weight gain. Without a doubt, decreasing the amount of sugar you eat can have profound effects on how quickly (or slowly) you age.
The best switch is to replace all your sugar laden foods with highly nutritious vegetables instead. This may sound like a stretch but it’s well worth the effort and surprisingly, once you start making the switch you will look and feel so much better you’ll just want to keep on going!
Vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, flavonoids and compounds that help your body function properly and energize your organs and cells. The skin is the body’s largest organ with lots of cells that need nutrients and energy, which is why veggies are so great!
The foods we eat really can make a HUGE difference. Try these 5 food swaps and see how much better you look and feel.