Feed Your Face
What To Feed Your Skin From The Inside Out
By Abby Gardner
For years, good skincare was all about what you put on your skin. And while that's still the main focus among industry experts, many in the know are now highlighting what you eat as a key factor in getting glorious skin. And that also means packing serums and creams with ingredients derived from foods.
Among those at the forefront of this new movement is Los Angeles skin guru to the stars (including Gwyneth Paltrow and Leonardo DiCaprio) Sonya Dakar. "I always believe that skin is a crystal ball that lets me know what is going on with a client internally," she says. Dakar cites three main things that affect your skin: diet (eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones, which includes glutens, dairy, processed food and white sugar in her book), lifestyle (like stress and exercise) and treatment (how you take care of it.)
It goes without saying that eating in a healthy manner may help make you look better all-around. But here are the hottest new skincare trends to watch, according to facialists, skincare companies and dermatologists:
Probiotics are good bacteria that fight off bad bacteria as well as candida (yeast). Fans of probiotics believe that clearing out the bad bacteria (especially in your gastrointestinal tract) helps reduce bloating and regulate your system — thus, eventually helping your skin.
Apple stem cells are the new industry darling when it comes to skincare ingredients. "This is my new love," says Sonya. "They rejuvenate the skin by actually helping repair and reproduce our own human stem cells."
FLAX SEED/OMEGA OILS
A favorite of facialists and dermatologists because of their reported moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, flax seed and omega oils can often be found in serum form, but they are also available as supplements.
Dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, FACN is a firm believer in the power of ingesting antioxidants found in foods such as blueberries and acai berries — both are very trendy right now, so you can find them easily in whole or fresh juice form. Perricone contends that a high antioxidant diet can slow the aging process, especially when it comes to your wrinkles. Extracts of both berries are also being used in skincare products for these very same properties.
Blueberries have one of the highest anti-oxidant levels of any food.Istockphoto