Vitamins For Healthy Skin

Cynthia Bailey, MD|September 1, 2011

Garden Harvest

The best vitamins to give you beautiful skin come from eating fresh, whole foods. Eating a rainbow of fresh veggies and fruits loads your skin with essential vitamins from the inside out.  Use a healthy diet to support your skin care regimen and see the difference in the mirror - you'll simply look (and feel) the best ever.

You are what you eat, your skin included. Use this to your advantage when it comes to fixing your skin problems. There's no shortcut. Your human body has adapted over time to get the nutrients you need from the foods you eat.  No bottle of processed vitamins, minerals or 'magic nutrient' will substitute for a poor diet. As a dermatologist, people ask me all the time for a 'dietary bypass' that will fix their skin, hair and nail problems - and there just isn't any.

The answer is in this photo of produce that I just brought in from my garden.  Whole foods, fresh, preferably grown organically, have what it takes to do the job.  There's no better time than now to head out to the grocery, farmer's market, or garden and make it your daily goal to eat a rainbow of just-harvested produce.

Dermatologist's Diet Advice for Healthy Skin

Eat organic and fresh because nutrients start breaking down the minute food is harvested.  Organically grown foods have more to begin with. Click here for more.

Eat lots of beta carotene foods because they make you beautiful (and healthy).  My absolute favorite nutritional ingredient for beauty is beta carotene because it functions like a self-tanner, giving your skin a beautiful golden glow.  I always eat a healthy dose of carrots, winter squash or dark green veggies to keep my pale skin naturally 'bronzed'. Believe it or not it works!  Click here for more: Skip The Tan And Eat Your Veggies.

Eat lots of omega 3 rich foods because they rock for fighting inflammation.  Inflammation is the instigator of all sorts of mischief from psoriasis and acne to heart disease and strokes.  The modern western diet is low in omega 3 and high in its evil counterpart Omega 6.  Tip the balance in your body and see how different you look and feel.  Click here for more: Age Beautifully, Fight Cancer and Prevent Heart Disease By Adding Flax Seeds To Your Diet.

Eat your vitamin D instead of damaging your skin in the sun for this important vitamin.  I admit, this is the one vitamin I actually take in capsule form regularly too. Click here for more: Are You Really Getting Vitamin D From The Sun Or Just Nuking Your DNA?

Eat a diet that has more veggies than anything else to reduce inflammation (including skin inflammation like rosacea, acne, eczema, psoriasis) and load your body with vital, bioavailable nutrients in exactly the form that your human body is designed to use.  Click here for more: The Alkaline Mediterranean Diet, A Magic Wand For Overall Health And Beauty

Eat naturally fermented, probiotic rich foods every day to keep your digestive track healthy.  I suspect that this little secret is one of the biggest under-appreciated necessities for a healthy body.  Your digestive track helps you absorb the right nutrients and excrete harmful toxins (like mercury).  My favorite probiotic food is naturaly fermented kefir because it’s loaded with beneficial probiotics. Click here for more: Kefir, The Best Probiotic For Healthy Skin.

Eat less carbs, dairy and junk food to prevent acne. Yes, we dermatologists finally have diet advice for you if you suffer from acne.  Click here for more: 4 Diet Changes That Can Help You Improve Your Acne, Dermatologist's Advice

Eat foods rich in natural spices! Yes, I've never posted on the subject of spices and health, but the scientific evidence is mounting. Spices are starting to join the ranks of health super heroes.  Some of the best are turmeric and cinnamon.  I actually take a turmeric capsule every day (because I haven't figured out how to cook with it on a daily basis) and I add cinnamon to my morning cup of matcha.  I promise to post on spices in the coming year.

You are what you eat, healthy skin, hair and nails included.  Use it to your advantage.  Aim for beauty by eating a rainbow of fresh produce everyday.  Then look in the mirror and brace yourself for the difference!


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