We all knew that yogurt does a body good. But did you know it is also super beneficial to your skin? According to the folks at Voskos Greek Yogurt, yogurt might just be the skin fix you’re looking for this summer. Here’s what to look out for when stocking your fridge and pantry with skin-fixing foods:
Water: 65 percent of our body is made up of this vital nutrient. Adequately hydrated skin cells reward us with enhanced health, increased energy and a radiant complexion. Dehydrated skin over a period of time becomes dry and wrinkled.
Essential Fatty Acids: Americans don’t eat enough essential fatty acids found in omega 3s, which help to prevent skin lesions including dry, patchy skin. Studies have found that people whose diets were high in these fatty acids had less skin-wrinkling than those with diets higher in saturated fats.
B Vitamins: Deficiencies in B vitamins, particularly B6, B12, biotin and niacin can cause dermatitis, skin hypersensitivity and dry skin. B vitamins are found in whole grain, green leafy vegetables, meats, fish, eggs and milk.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a necessary component in the formation of collagen, an important protein in skin. A deficiency in Vitamin C can cause rough, scaly discolored skin.
Iron: Iron works with Vitamin C to build and maintain collagen. Iron is found in meats, fish, and legumes to name a few. A deficiency in iron can cause dry, itchy skin, and a clinical deficiency can contribute to concave nails.
Phenolic Compounds: These compounds have antioxidant properties and have shown to activate endothelial nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide helps blood vessels to expand and remain elastic, improving circulation and delivering nutrients to skin tissues. Black tea, green tea and red wine contain phenolic compounds.