Last February, I had the rare opportunity to meet one of the top dermatologists in Los Angeles, Dr. Jessica Wu. Without a doubt, her schedule fills up quickly with appointments for Tinseltown’s A-listers, but she remains committed to teaching everyday women like us, what’s really best for our skin—from the inside, out. I found her to be incredibly charming and personable, and I could not agree with her skincare philosophies more! You know that if there’s ever an opportunity to share insider info with you, I will—so I’m happy to bring you these expert skincare tips—directly from Dr. Wu.
Many people don’t realize this but the condition of your skin has at least 50% to do with the food you eat – Choosing to eat the right foods is as important as choosing the right skin care ingredients. To keep your skin looking youthful, be sure to have some protein at every meal, since collagen (which keeps your skin firm) and elastic tissue (which helps it bounce back) are both made of protein. This will also help keep your blood sugar stable, which fights acne, rashes, and wrinkles.
Everyone focuses on what you can’t eat, not what you can. You do not need to starve for good skin. For example, EAT PIZZA! Start with whole wheat thin crust, go light on the cheese and load it with tomato sauce and green & yellow veggies. Yum!
Incorporating tomatoes into your diet or preparing foods with tomato paste has been shown to help skin by protecting it from sun burn and sun damage. This is because tomatoes contain a high concentration of lycopene, a strong antioxidant. For best results, the tomatoes need to be cooked or processed. Also using a product like AVEENO®’s Positively Radiant Moisturizer with Total Soy Complex will assist with Sun Damaged Skin. Over time, the Total Soy complex naturally evens tones, smooths texture and softens skin.
For clear skin, stay away from dairy. Milk cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and other dairy products have been linked to acne breakouts. In recent years, research has shown that dairy is inflammatory, which means that is leads to redness, swelling, and pus – all of which can worsen pimples. Try switching to soy milk or almond milk: just make sure you are getting calcium another way. Also using a product like AVEENO®’s SMART ESSENTIALS™ Pore Purifying Facial Wash will restore radiance and rejuvenates the complexion.
The Omega 3 fatty acids in fish are shown to stimulate blood circulation, benefiting the cardiovascular system. Omega-3s have been linked with prevention and treatment of skin disorders. Also using a product like AVEENO®’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion with its unique natural oatmeal formula helps prevent and protect dry skin.