The Best Foods for pH Balanced Skin
Your choice of skin care products, cleansing routines, exfoliation and moisturizing treatments are only one part of achieving healthy pH balanced skin. A proper diet can also greatly affect your skin’s health and help create the perfect pH balance that healthy skin requires. Today we are going to explore the best foods to eat so you can have healthy pH balanced skin.
Before we begin it is important to understand what Antioxidants and Free Radicals are:
- Antioxidants – They are important because they protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals.
- Free Radicals – They alter a cell’s genetic code, resulting in mutated proteins. When mutation occurs cancer may develop. Free radicals also cause irreversible damage to your skin. They deplete and inhibit your body from creating collagen and elastin which are essential for healthy skin. Elastin and collagen are required to fight wrinkles, fine lines and other skin blemishes.
Best Foods for pH Balanced Skin:
Keeping hydrated by drinking lots of water is essential for healthy skin. Many fruits and vegetables are also high in water content. Add some lemon to your water to help boost its detoxification processes and increase antioxidant intake.
2. Green Tea
Numerous scientific studies have shown that green tea has many benefits for the skin. Studies done on humans and animals have shown that consumption of green tea reduces the instance of skin cancer. Don’t like drinking water? Green tea is another way to get more water into your system. Green tea also contains a unique amino acid, L-theanine that helps your body relax and can help lower stress.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is nature’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredient with it’s high content of lauric acid. Try replacing vegetable oil with coconut oil in some of your recipes. Coconut oil can help clear up skin flare-ups, moisturize, and boost antioxidant activity, which all help to slow down the aging process. Many people consume a small amount (1 tbsp) of coconut oil everyday for all of it’s beneficial effects.
Pomegranates are a natural source of polyphenol and ellagic acid. These are scientifically proven to improve the SPF of topical sunscreens. Think of pomegranates as your internal SPF. They help prevent damage caused by free radicals in your system ultimately helping to reduce the aging process.
5. Vitamin A
Carrots and Sweet potatoes are both naturally sweet and delicious ways to get lots of vitamin A into your system. Vitamin A can help with signs of premature aging. Vitamin A is a well-known topical skin treatment, but consuming it can also help protect skin. Super foods like carrots and sweet potatoes are packed with the antioxidant beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A.
6. Berries – Vitamin C
Berries are a particularly excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps protect the skin from oxidation, encourages collagen synthesis and much more. Trust us it’s really good stuff ☺ Be sure to include berries, citrus, kiwis, leafy greens, and peppers for the highest sources of Vitamin C and gorgeous skin.
7. Dark Chocolate
Sound to good to be true? Well, eating dark chocolate has been shown to protect the skin against the harmful effects of ultraviolet exposure. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and flavanols that promote glowing skin. We suggest dark chocolate over milk chocolate because it has much less sugar and a higher cocoa content.
8. Red Wine
The debate rages on about the health benefits of drinking red wine… But you can’t argue that red wine is an excellent source of resveratrol which has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-aging component that may help prevent blood clots and decrease inflammation within the body.
Probiotics is what Nayelle is all about. If you are looking to achieve clear, blemish-free skin, make sure probiotics are part of your daily diet. Probiotics are essentially concentrated ingredients that contain a high level of nutrients and minerals. Probiotics contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, peptides, essential 3-6-9 omega fatty acids and amino acids. All of these compounds are beneficial for all skin types. Probiotics have been shown to help clear up skin, calm inflammation, and decrease skin sensitivity and redness. Probiotics also alter the permeability of intestinal walls and act as a barrier to prevent certain molecules that may lead to inflammation (which in turn can trigger acne or rosacea) from entering the bloodstream.
Seeds are some of natures best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They are a protein rich food too. Omega-3 oils help boost your collagen production for the best skin possible. Seeds, Chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax are all great for your skin. Rich in selenium, Vitamin E, magnesium, proteins and healthy Omega 3 fatty acids.
11. Healthy Fats
Fats and oils can provide anti-inflammatory protection and youth-preserving antioxidants. Salmon, mackerel and albacore tuna provide anti-aging omega-3 fatty acids.
We hope this article has helped you to better understand the best foods to help achieve better skin pH balance. At Nayelle we create pH balanced skin care formulations that can be used in conjunction with a healthy diet to help combat the effects of many common skin diseases, dry skin and inflammation.