Feed Your Face

Going in for a healthy diet to shorten the inches on your waistline may also have some additional benefits for your skin. The most popular health diets not only give you fabulous curves but also leave your face a glowing complexion.

The Mediterranean diet featuring mostly fish, fruit, leafy vegetables and olive oil is touted as the most heart friendly diet. According to recent studies this diet also offers protection from melanoma, a lethal form of skin cancer. The omega-3 fatty acid found in fish aids in keeping skin cell membranes long and elastic. Anti-oxidants present in tomatoes, olive oil and red wine provide protection from chemical reactions that lead to sun damage.

A vegan or vegetarian diet also spells good news for  your skin. In this diet you end up eating a lot of organic, fresh produce and whole grains. These are rich in anti-oxidants that monitor the level of free radicals in your body.  This offer insurance from wrinkles, signs of aging and brown spots. Experts suggest including olive and safflower oil along with flax seeds as this diet is low in fat. This helps skin retain more water and make it supple.

The high protein low-carb diet also has some benefits for your skin. Excluding pasta, white bread and refined sugar monitors the stress hormone cortisol which in turn reduces breakouts. Diets that include whole grains, lean meats and fresh produce are also rich in collagen building protein, anti-oxidants and blemish busting zinc.

A low fat diet is good not only for your heart and waistline but also helps in cutting down excess production of free radicals which are responsible for premature aging of skin. However, some fats are necessary for your skin as they help your body in taking complexion friendly anti-oxidants and fat soluble vitamins. Fats also aid in strengthening cell membranes which ultimately results in a supple and dewier face. Experts suggest getting at least 20% of your calories from fat, mostly from unsaturated fat.

Raw food fanatics also have some good news. Skin cell membranes are kept strong and pliant in this diet from eating nuts, avacados and olive oil. However, the low presence of meat in this diet can hamper in getting enough building blocks for collagen.

A carb rich diet aids in boosting metabolism, makes you feel fuller for a longer period and steers away from fat and sugar loaded fats that are damaging to your skin. They also aid in monitoring blood sugar and insulin levels. The omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants and collagen building protein in this diet helps in giving you a fabulous skin.

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