Many people understand that eating well helps them feel better, but beauty and skin experts are finding that a healthy diet provides the foundation for a long-term beauty boost.
Dermatologist Jessica Wu is more concerned with the importance of diet than expensive cosmetics. In her book, “Feed Your Face”, Wu explains that what a person eats is reflected on their skin due to the process in which the body breaks down food. In digestion, food gets reduced into components the body uses for energy like vitamins, minerals and amino acids (Forbes, 2014).
These essential elements are used to strengthen skin. The inverse also applies: if eating nutrient-packed foods enhances skin health, then consuming processed foods, or maintaining an unbalanced diet, weakens skin. Wu recommends a high-protein and low-glycemic diet that relies on complex carbohydrates like nuts and seeds, non-starchy vegetables, beans and legumes, whole grains, fresh fruit, healthy fat, and quality protein to combat acne. Keep in mind that a high-protein diet does not mean only consuming protein, but that most calories (44-50%) should come from clean protein like salmon, cage-free eggs, and pasture-raised poultry.
Additionally, one should replace sugar with superfoods that contain omega 3s and antioxidants. Wu suggests introducing biotin-rich foods into one’s diet (spinach, avocados, tomatoes, bell peppers, walnuts, almonds, flaxseed, strawberries, kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, eggs, and cauliflower) for radiant skin, more energy, and prolonged health.