Guest writer and dermatologist, Nancy Samolitis, will be giving us her top beauty advice each week! Don’t forget to check out Nancy’s websites and follow her on Twitter!
Nancy J. Samolitis, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Beverly Hills and Long Beach, CA. She specializes in the treatment of aging and sun-damaged skin on the face and body. She has extensive experience with procedures using injectables and lasers for rejuvenation of the full face, as well as the aging neck, chest, and hands.
Websites: laskyskincenter.com & longbeachdermdocs.com
Follow Nancy on Twitter:@Dermdoc_Sam
The Healthy Skin, Anti-Aging Diet
Is there really a diet that can make your skin less breakout-prone and wrinkle-free? Food contributes in a big way to the overall health of the body including it’s largest organ. High fat, processed foods increase inflammation in the body leading to acne and breakdown of collagen. Here are a few superfoods for your skin:
– Omega-3s (the “healthy fats”) – These marine and plant-based fatty acids are very popular supplements. The Omega-3 fatty acids lead to a reduction in inflammation which has been shown to be beneficial in cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, and skin disease. Omega-3s can help to improve inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and slow the aging effects from sun damage. There is some early research that indicated Omega-3s may be protective against development of skin cancer as well. The most popular Omega-3s are found in fish oil, salmon, and flax seeds.
– Vitamin C – Vitamin C is an essential building block in the production of collagen. Deficiencies in Vitamin C can cause easy bruising and bleeding of skin and gums. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant that can provide some protection against environmental toxins. Potent sources of vitamin C include kale, bell peppers, thyme, kiwi, strawberries, and of course oranges.
– Coffee – Yes, it does have benefits! A recent study showed a decreased risk of the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, with increased coffee consumption.
– Flavenoids – Flavenoids are plant-derived compounds that strengthen blood vessels and have anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. Flavenoids are found in green and black tea, dark chocolate (rejoice!), red onions, berries, and red wine.