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Monday, 18 February 2013 18:56

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5 Super Foods to Boost Skin Health


Here at Institut’ DERMed we are strong believers in the old motto “you are what you eat”. What you feed your body has such an effect and reflection of how you feel not only on the inside, but how you look on the outside as well. As the body’s largest organ, the skin needs nutrition and power foods to maintain a healthy state and radiant glow. And if you’re shelling out on cosmetics to treat your skin woes, try combining your product regime with these healing foods for natural rejuvenation.



Omega-3 fatty acids are your skins best friend. With salmon (and fish) having the richest concentration they should be a staple in a healthy skin diet. The essential fatty acids in salmon maintain cell health and healthy cell membranes. If your skin cells are kept strong and healthy, they are able to retain more water making your skin youthful while keeping away fine lines and wrinkles. Why not try this Grilled Salmon with avocado salsa for dinner tonight?




Antioxidant rich foods like berries essential ingredients for a beautiful skin diet. While most fruits have a healthy dose of antioxidants, blueberries have the most bang for your buck (or the most antioxidants per serving than other delicious fruits and berries). Every day, our skin is effected by free radicals in the form of UV damage, environmental factors, or pollution and these can seriously impact your skin and even lead to premature aging. These free radicals attack skin cells, but these tiny treats punch back. Get your fill of antioxidants for breakfast with this delicious smoothie!




We all know the skins worst enemy is the sun. It causes premature aging, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. But beta carotene and lycopene, both found in carrots, can be a barrier for your skin against the harmful UV damage. Keep sunscreen as a must have for days out in the sun, but add carrots to your diet to get some internal protection. Carrots can make a great side dish, but why not try something different with this soup recipe for these chilly evenings!





Similar to carrots, corn is also packed full of a type of carotenoid called lutein. The skin can’t get enough powerful protectors from UV damage, and lutein does just that. Try to add fresh or even frozen corn to your diet for a healthy dose of lutein. Don’t think you have to stick to plain old corn on the cob, we think you'll love this corn salad as a side dish!





We always love this side dish at Japanese restaurants, but did you know edamame can help preserve collagen? Isofavones, similar to antioxidants, protect the skin from those nasty free radicals that age our skin due to exposure to the sun’s rays but they also help to preserve the collagen in our skin. Collagen production declines as we age and is a root cause for our aging appearance.  We love classic edamame, but try this edamame hummus for a new, tasty snack