KaramMD Journal

Feed Your Skin: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Your Way to Healthy, Glowing Skin

healthy diet for glowing skin

The body produces an essential protein called collagen at the cellular level.

This protein keeps the skin plump, youthful, and hydrated for optimal elasticity. As we age, the body naturally produces less collagen. The skin gets thin and wrinkled, showing signs of aging, pigmentation issues, and dryness.

This consistent loss of collagen is responsible for the foundational structural change in the skin. This is one of the main contributing factors to aging.



The Two Sides to Looking Youthful: Skin Health + Face Shape

When it comes to looking youthful, two sides of the same coin: your skin and face shape. As you age, the loss of collagen affects both, leading to noticeable changes. While you have significant control over maintaining healthy skin well into your mature years through proper skincare, face shape is another story.

Sagging, which may start around your 40s - 50s and progresses with age, is what makes you start to look like an aged version of yourself that externally no longer aligns with how you feel internally. 

I created Trifecta to help manage the skin side of aging, ensuring there is a simple, yet effective system that includes all of the most important active ingredients to give you glowing, youthful skin for years to come. However, changes in face shape are inevitable and generally require surgical intervention.

The best approach to aging is to support and stimulate your body's natural collagen production, which helps maintain skin firmness and elasticity, thereby preserving its shape longer.



Nourish Your Skin: Embrace Intelligent Anti-Aging Through Diet

Regardless of age, it is highly beneficial to focus on replenishing the body’s collagen stores and encouraging the production of intelligent anti-aging.

Stimulating collagen production at the cellular level with high-quality skincare ingredients is necessary for rejuvenated skin, and similarly, your body needs specific nutrients to make fresh collagen and stay supported.

Few popular diets focus on skin health or anti-aging, but your food can provide the best building blocks for cells to produce collagen.

While specific diets provide some essential building blocks, you need a diet that brings it all to your skin and tissues; doing so helps you support your skin functionally and aid your anti-aging skincare routine.
For example, a heavily carnivorous diet that excludes fruits, vegetables, carbs and sugar lacks essential nutrients such as Vitamin C. You must balance these to achieve youthful, healthy skin with optimal collagen production.



The Ultimate Skin-Enhancing Diet

The best diet for youthful, beautiful skin for life requires:


Amino Acids

Amino acids are essential building blocks for protein, which is vital for the growth and maintenance of tissues in the body, including the skin. Three specific amino acids, proline, lysine, and glycine, are particularly important for skin health. Proline and lysine help to produce collagen, the protein responsible for skin's structure, while glycine plays a key role in collagen synthesis. These amino acids also aid in wound healing and reducing inflammation, making them critical for maintaining healthy skin.

To ensure that your body gets enough of these important amino acids, you can incorporate them into your diet by consuming foods such as:

  • Lean Meats
  • Fish
  • Eggs 
  • Dairy 
  • Nuts 
  • Legumes

    Key Vitamins & Minerals: Vitamin C, Zinc & Copper

    Getting a balanced intake of minerals and vitamins is essential for maintaining healthy skin, and several nutrients are especially important for skin health.


    Vitamin C: a powerful antioxidant, helps to promote collagen synthesis, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from UV damage.


    Zinc: another mineral that plays a critical role in skin health, helping to control inflammation and maintain healthy immune function, which can improve skin's overall appearance.


    Copper: while needed in smaller amounts, is also important for skin health, as it helps to support collagen production and skin regeneration.

    Foods rich in these vitamins and minerals include:

    • Citrus Fruits
    • Berries
    • Leafy Greens
    • Oysters 
    • Nuts
    • Seeds
    • Legumes
    • Liver
    • Shellfish


        Antioxidants

        Antioxidants are essential for healthy skin as they protect the skin from oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells, including those in the skin, leading to premature aging and a host of skin issues. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, reduce inflammation, and support healthy collagen production.

        Some of the most valuable antioxidants for skin health include vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, selenium, and polyphenols.


        You can find these key antioxidants in the following foods:

        • Fruits - specifically blueberries
        • Vegetables 
        • Nuts 
        • Whole Grains
        • Green Tea
        • Dark Chocolate
        • And even red wine!


            Vegan Diets

            If you are adhering to a vegan diet, you will want to be sure to include the following in your diet to ensure sufficient protein for collagen synthesis:

            • Beans
            • Lentils
            • Chickpeas
            • Almonds
            • Chia Seeds 
            • Hemp Seeds


            What to Avoid for Healthy Skin

            Now, let’s take a look at what you SHOULDN’T eat if you want to improve your skin’s health:
            • Highly processed foods
            • Foods rich in refined sugar
            • Dairy for acne-prone skin

              These foods don’t provide the building blocks your body requires to repair and maintain your skin. When you replace these with healthy foods high in amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, you’ll notice a visible improvement in your skin’s quality and elasticity.

               


              How to Win the Skin Aging Game

              In addition to a balanced diet to support collagen synthesis and simulation, here are some other skincare principles to follow.


              01.
              Sun Protection

              First and foremost: sun protection. The sun’s rays break down collagen at a rate much faster than you can rebuild it, so protecting your skin with a mineral-based sunscreen is critical for effective anti-aging. 


              02.
              Healthy Lifestyle

              And clearly as outlined above, you need a balanced diet to support this increased collagen synthesis and stimulation. In addition to this, physical activity is an often overlooked, but highly beneficial component of anti-aging skincare, as it provides increased blood flow, detoxification, cleansing through sweating, and helps to decrease stress. A balanced lifestyle will help to provide a healthy foundation for glowing skin. 


              03.
              Office-Based Treatments

              Office-based treatments are an excellent third step to stimulate collagen. Regular microneedling, laser treatments, and chemical peel sessions produce collagen and complement the results of your skincare routine.


              04.
              Active Ingredients

              Lastly, your skincare & topical agents matter and should include the following collagen stimulators:


                  How Does Skincare Fit in When it Comes to Stimulating Collagen Production?

                  The entire reason for putting skincare products on your face is to get your cells to produce collagen again. You are wasting your time and money if you’re not using a product that gets down to the cellular level and triggers the cells that boost collagen production.

                  When I formulated the Trifecta, I wanted to develop a product that stimulated collagen for the long run and was easy to use daily to reverse collagen loss over time. My simple, easy-to-follow skincare routine helps people change the signs of age while achieving luminous, supple skin. I built these products around getting the body to produce collagen again at a new level.

                  I’m always talking about how consistent skincare and sun protection are essential for youthful, beautiful skin for life. Another crucial aspect of looking as young as you feel is your diet, which I discussed in the below Skin School video. Let’s look at diet's role in your skin health and talk about what you should eat to age gracefully. 

                  Amir Karam MD

                  Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
                  Founder / Creator of KaramMD Skin

                  Dr. Amir Karam is a renowned facial cosmetic surgeon and an authority in his field. With over two decades of experience helping patients achieve a younger, refreshed appearance. In addition to surgical procedures that sculpt a youthfully-defined facial shape, Dr. Karam takes the quality of the skin into account.

                  2 comments

                  Lucia Morales Pena

                  I have been using the trifecta for about 6months regularly and I am definitely seeing the effects of the products. My skin has a bright luminous texture that I have never accomplished before. The best thing about it is that is is so simple to use. You can do it when you are half asleep. I dont have a million different products that I spent a fortune on but they are so complicated that I finally give up using them. I ended using them on my arms or legs so as not to throws the money away.

                  Ruth Yansick

                  Great work I’m glad all is going well for you. Very lucky. I still have beautiful skin. Thanks for all your help. Ruth Yansick.

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