If you are seeking to look youthful, my list of "super foods" below can help. My general rule of thumb to maintain healthy skin is "feed it and don’t hurt it." (This article is part of the continuing series authored by popular Chicago dermatologist Dr. Omeed Memar )
In order to maintain new skin, nail and hair growth your skin needs plenty of protein and water. Also, you know it, but I have to say it – stop smoking and sunning! Skin damaging and premature aging are caused by free-radicals. Sun and smoking and natural aging all release free-radicals. Anti-oxidants, on the other hand, a group of compounds protect the body and skin from damage caused by free-radicals.
1. To maintain normal skin, nails and hair, at least 50 grams of protein is needed daily. If you cannot get it through food, a protein bar or drink works well. My favorite is Isopure protein powder. Even for the normal maintenance needs of your skin, be sure to take a regular multi-vitamin, even a Centrum one-a-day.
2. Make sure you have enough water (at least 7 glasses a day), and if you are physically active, drink more. Dehydration makes the skin look older and more susceptible to free-radical damage.
3. To avoid skin damage from free-radicals, incorporate the super foods in your diet.
6. sweet potatoes
7. flax seed oil
8. green tea
9. salmon, caviar, or sardines (but watch out for excessive salt in these foods)
Dr. Omeed Memar is an author/contributor and has a popular and successful dermatology/skin practice in Chicago. Dr. Memar is an active Clinical Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, and medical director of Academic Dermatology & Skin Cancer Institute. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, a fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Memar is also a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.