Prevention is better than cure for most illnesses, and the same is true for skin damage. A healthy diet can have a significant impact on your skin. Ongoing studies from the American Academy of Dermatology have linked a range of common food products and vitamins to skin elasticity. Below is a brief look at some of major findings:
Salmon is often lauded for its role in supporting brain function, but it is also full of healthy fats that can support collagen production. Walnuts can also provide similar benefits from omega-3 oils in the form of a convenient snack. Citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C and can also aid collagen production, and bright red, green, and yellow vegetables are full of carotenoids, which can support healthy skin tone.
Too much sugar is bad for your teeth and waistline, and some research shows that processed sugars such as glucose and fructose can also damage elastin and collagen molecules in a process known as “glycation.” Too many simple carbohydrates from processed breads and pastas can have a similar effect, since the body metabolizes them in a way similar to sugar.