With the arrival of autumn, our skin is likely to become a little duller, which can cause us to look more tired or even sad. This is because during the summer "we have been more exposed to the sun and spots appear due to not having protected the skin well, poor hydration and an alteration of the skin barrier," explains Elena de la Fuente, nutritionist at the Quirónsalud San José Hospital. , in Madrid. But before rushing to buy dermocosmetic products of all kinds, it is worth paying attention to something even more important: our diet and daily habits.
The skin is the largest organ in the body, but despite this we usually do not think about its relationship with the food we eat. Beyond using moisturizer and sunscreen daily, nutrition also plays a fundamental role in the condition of our skin. According to a study published in the journal Annual Review of Food Science and Technology, "as an alternative to topical applications, dietary regulation has been proposed as a useful way to protect against skin damage." Although there are no miracle foods that instantly improve your appearance, "they can promote your recovery and, consequently, make you look brighter," says De la Fuente.
It is said that nutrition reflects from the inside out. For this reason, if we want the skin to not suffer so much with the changes of season, it is key to pay attention to the diet. According to De la Fuente, some of the foods to have healthy-looking skin are those "rich in vitamins and antioxidants present in fresh vegetables such as fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and good quality proteins." These are some that should be included in the diet:
Although these foods have many properties that can help improve the appearance of the skin, this must be accompanied by healthy habits. De la Fuente recommends "exercising regularly, using daily sun protection several times a day, having good stress management and good sleep hygiene", in addition to avoiding the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, soft drinks and ultra-processed foods.