Eating a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is good for your heart and helps you get the nutrients your body needs. However, eating plant-based foods can also deliver results that are “skin-deep,” according to recent research. A study performed in Scotland shows that adding three extra servings of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet can brighten your skin and make you look and feel healthier.
The study monitored the diet of college students and measured color changes in their skin. Individuals with a diet dense in veggies and fruits had amplified red skin tones, whereas decreased consumption of these foods resulted in a paler complexion. The researchers attributed this phenomenon to carotenoids, which are chemicals present in plants that give the skin a healthy glow and pigment. For example, eating carrots and sweet potatoes, foods rich in beta carotene, can give you a tan-like glow. Individuals with an already pale complexion will notice changes more easily than those with more natural skin pigment.
Filling your plate with fruits and vegetables is a much more healthy alternative to spending hours getting sun damage in tanning beds. For more information about how to keep your skin healthy, contact Zimmet Skin & Vein today.
With all the pricey anti-aging creams and serums available on the market, new research shows that the best things you can do to keep your skin youthful are also the most inexpensive things: don’t smoke, and don’t tan.
The chemicals in cigarettes prevent collagen re-growth, decreasing skin tautness and creating wrinkles. And if a smoker is spending too much time in the sun, they are ten times more likely to develop wrinkles in their 20s and 30s than individuals who avoid tobacco and protect themselves against the sun’s rays.
Many young adults choose to be “proactive” about wrinkle prevention by investing in expensive over-the-counter creams. However, in most cases, that approach is as effective as throwing money down the drain–especially if the consumer is a smoker or doesn’t wear sunscreen. Over-the-counter creams that aren’t FDA approved may not be effective, and young non-smokers with undamaged skin should already produce healthy collagen and peptides. Buying over-the-counter anti-aging serums could put a dent in your wallet and trigger acne production.
If you’re a young adult in your twenties and are interested in improving your skin health, avoid anti-aging creams and schedule a consultation with Dr. Zimmet today.
Need another reason to stay out of the tanning bed? Here’s one: recently, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a study concluding that the type of UV rays delivered by tanning beds (UVA1) penetrate layers of skin cells that are particularly vulnerable to developing cancerous mutations. The research is published as several states ban tanning for minors and place restrictions on frequency of use, citing health concerns.
The study compared UVA1 rays that are used by tanning beds with UVB rays that are emitted by the sun. Both are dangerous to the skin, but the study found that UVA1 rays penetrated the skin deeper and caused potentially cancerous lesions. The lesions are very slow to heal, so frequent tanners are particularly at risk; damage can build up and accumulate, increasing the likelihood of skin cancer exponentially. Additionally, since UVA1 rays penetrate skin deeper, they’re often called “aging rays,” because they create more wrinkles. One researcher compared indoor tanning to smoking–it’s one of the main causes of skin cancer, and completely avoidable.
In order to maintain healthy skin, we recommend that you avoid use of tanning beds and wear both sunscreen and protective clothing in the sun. If you’re concerned about your skin health or any abnormal moles or skin spots, contact Zimmet Vein & Dermatology today to make an appointment.