The Best And Worst Foods And Beverages For Your Skin

The things you eat and drink have a very real affect on the health and appearance of your skin. Some foods and beverages can help your skin stay healthy while others make things much worse. Here’s what you should know:

The Best


Water helps your whole body stay hydrated and free of toxins. Drinking plenty of water also helps hydrate & avoid consuming beverages that are bad for you.


Kiwis are a great source of vitamin C. vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps fight off free radicals so that they don’t harm your skin. Vitamin C also helps with synthesis of collagen, which keeps your skin tight, firm, and elastic. You can also get vitamin C from oranges, strawberries, pineapples, kale, broccoli, papaya, and bell peppers.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a good source of betacarotene, which is an anti-oxidant that helps repair skin cells. You can also get beta-carotene from carrots, squash, yellow and orange peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, and cantaloupe.


Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids combat inflammation and help keep your cell membranes healthy which can help your skin stay supple and moist. You can also often get omega-3 fatty acids from other seafood

The Worst

The worst foods and beverages for your skin have lots of refined sugar and simple carbohydrates. Too much sugar causes insulin levels in your body to spike which spread inflammation throughout your skin. Sugar also plays a role in breaking down collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin keep your skin young, firm, flexible, supple and healthy. With less collagen and elastin your skin is more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Simple carbohydrates are quickly converted into sugars so they have almost all the same negative effects as sugar alone.

In general you should avoid soda, candy, white bread, rice cakes, processed food and other foods with high-glycemic indexes. Eating a healthy diet with whole grains, lean protein, and plenty of fruits and vegetables will help your skin stay healthy and beautiful. To learn more about keeping your skin healthy, visit Cool Springs Plastic Surgery.