ACE Up Your Skincare Routine

9 Jul

There are many things that go into having great looking skin or to improve/heal skin issues. If you read any of our posts, you know that besides organic/natural topicals, such as ours :), we also promote the whole-body approach. This includes things, such as stress reducing techniques, exercise, and diet, especially diet. We’re big on food as medicine, especially for the skin.
Ah, but it can get confusing what nutrients skin needs and where to get them. Well, all whole, fresh foods are excellent for the skin. That said, some are better than others. 

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Skin including those of you with beautiful skin (because you want to keep that way as you age) needs specific nutrients. The nutrients that are specifically beneficial to skin are those that have anti-oxidant benefits. And again–confusion. What are the anti-oxidants vitamins? ACE. Vitamin A, C, and E are the anti-oxidant vitamins that are so beneficial for skin.

Nasty Free Radicals
What do anti-oxidants do? Anti-oxidants fight free radical. One of the great ironies of life is that the oxygen we need to exist also has detrimental effects on the body at the molecular level. Without getting scientific, I’ll cut to the chase: Free radicals cause all the stuff we don’t want in life; diseases being at the top of the list. As we age, our body finds it harder to fight free radicals. Free radicals also affect the skin. NanoTechThey break down skin cells.

Hooray for Free Radicals
Antioxidants, hence the name, combat free radicals. So, it why it’s so important to regularly get as many as these nutrients (ACE) as possible. Vitamin A, by the way, is made by eating foods with beta carotene, but we’re using the shorthand of vitamin A to make it easy to remember the antioxidant nutrients.

Antioxidants by fighting free radicals help the skin with collagen building, moisturizing, signs of aging (wrinkles, sagging, age spots, reducing necessary fat), improving skin texture, healing skin problems, etc. You can see why it’s important to remember ACE and include as many foods as you can in your diet.  Watch out for taking ACE supplements. For example, Vitamin A supplements have no antioxidant benefits and taking too much can have detrimental effects.* Vitamin E and C can also have adverse effect if you take too much.

ACE High Foods

A: (beta carotene)
Sweet Potatoes
Winter Squash
Peppers
Lettuce
Kale
Spinach  Carrots
Mustard Greens
Turnip Greens
Cabbage
Pumpkin
Swiss Chard
Water Cress
Sweet Potatoes
Peas
Onions
Basil
Paprika
Squash
For more extensive list and information of benefits Vitamin A foods head over to The World’s Healthiest Foods  or  Nutritional Data Website.

Vitamin C

Papaya
Broccoli
Bell Peppers
Guavas
Lychees
Currants
Oranges
Lemons
Grapefruit
Peaches
Kiwi
Pineapple
Strawberries
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
For more extensive list and information on Vitamin C foods, head over to World’s Healthy Foods  or Nutritional Data Website.

Vitamin E:

Wheat germ
Sunflower oil
Almonds
Peanut Butter
Spinach
Swiss ChardAvocados
Peanuts
Turnip Greens
Beet Greens
Mustard Greens
Kale
Bell Peppers
Tomatoes
Olive Oil
For more details on other foods and the benefits of vitamin E head over to The World’s Healthiest Foods.

SpinachRind  of orange cutaway in spiral shapeSummer Squash and Gourds

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References:
NCBI: 
http://1.usa.gov/1HQzkK
Nutritional Data Center: http://nutritiondata.self.com/
Rice University: http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/antiox.html
World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/index.php

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