Most think that the key to healthy, younger-looking skin lies at the bottom of a fancy moisturizer or serum, when it actually comes from your lifestyle–particularly, your diet. Skincare experts say that the nutrients we get from the foods we eat play a large role in the quality and appearance of our skin, which is why its best to eat foods that are rich in the essential vitamins and minerals your skin needs. In fact, there’s one nutrient that most women with mature skin are lacking in their diets that greatly impacts their skin–it’s omega-3 fatty acids!
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Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, calls fish oil a "powerhouse ingredient" because of its collagen-boosting effect on the skin. This important polyunsaturated fatty acid improves dullness, firmness, and plumps the skin.
"It is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce photodamage and wrinkles, improve skin texture, and help with collagen production," he tells MyDomaine. "You can get it from citrus fruits and leafy greens," or in supplement form.
Thinking about adding a fish oil supplement to your skincare routine? Taryn Forrelli, ND, a resident nutritionist at Olly, says it's best to introduce a probiotic as well because of its ability to balance gut health and potentially help improve hydration.
"An imbalance in your gut microflora can trigger inflammation and in turn rob your skin of precious hydration," she explains. "Emerging research suggests that supplementation with probiotics like lactobacilli and bifidobacteria can help improve hydration and induce a beneficial glow."
Make sure you talk to your doctor before adding a fish oil supplement to your daily routine.
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