Many people, being beauty addicts, fiercely love their anti-aging lotions and potions. However, what you put in your face (meaning, your mouth) is just as important as what you put on it – and perhaps, as the dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD, says it’s even more important. Many types of research have shown that when you are feeding yourself. You feed your skin, and all of those sweet treats and salty snacks have a way to muck up your complexion.
“Foods rich in sugar and simple carbohydrates speed up the aging process,” says Wu. Who adds that when it comes to skin health, sugar is the public enemy No. 1. Neka Pasquale, who is acupuncturist, herbalist and certified Chinese nutritionist, agrees with that.
“The sugar that you intake could have profound effects on your appearance. It promotes dull, brittle skin through a process that is called glycation. And it’s also causing wrinkles and skin inflammation,” says Pasquale.
The following are the seven skin superfoods to reverse the clock from the inside out.
For Plumper Skin – Cactus Water
- The water is the fountain of youth, it’s that simple, according to Wu. “Drinking water, in general, is beneficial for your skin; it hydrates in order to keep the skin looking plump and it also helps digestion. Which helps with the acne breakouts,” adds Wu.
- Wu suggests drinking cactus water after binging on sweets in order to help your body handle the sugar overload. She also warns to be careful of the type of cactus water. As some have an added sugar and many flavors. You should look for cactus water with just prickly pear extract added.
For a Glowing Complexion – Chlorophyll
- Chlorophyll is considerеd the liquid gold of the nutrition world. And it is a chemical that gives the plants their green color. In people, the antioxidant-rich extract is very beneficial for producing the red blood cells, imparting a youthful and nice glow.
- You can very easily find liquid chlorophyll (derived from algae, alfalfa, spirulina or wheat grass) at your local health food store. We are partial to the mint-flavored type. Which makes for a refreshing pick-me-up when you add it to ice tea or water.