By Marcela De Vivo
Most kids don’t think too much about their skin until they hit their teens. However, good skin health isn’t something you cultivate in your 20s – it’s something you can start thinking about now, no matter how old you are.
The better you take care of your skin today, the better it will look tomorrow. While you don’t have to make any major changes in your life to care for your skin, there are some foods you can add to your diet or make sure you’re getting enough of that will keep you looking and feeling healthy. As a parent, these are all foods which you can easily include in your child’s diet to ensure healthy skin starting at an early age!
Strawberries, whether you put them in a bowl of cereal in the morning or eat them with a little bit of ice cream or yogurt at night, are one of the best fruits for your skin. That’s because strawberries can help undo some of the damage that spending time in the sun can cause – even if you’re wearing sunscreen.
Strawberries are also high in vitamin C content, which helps keep dry skin at bay as well as wrinkles – though you probably don’t have to worry too much about wrinkles yet!
While eating plain sliced tomatoes may not be your child’s favorite thing in the world, there are plenty of tricky ways to incorporate them into lunches and dinners. Tomatoes contain something called lycopene, which can help protect your skin from sun damage – one of the leading causes of prematurely aged skin.
The best part is that you really don’t need too much tomato in your diet at all to reap the benefits. In fact, just a few slices per day or about 1/4 cup of tomato sauce is all you really need. For kids that love spaghetti, this makes it easy on parents.
Orange juice isn’t a food, but since it’s made from oranges, it isn’t out of place in this list. Orange juice is so good for your skin because it’s packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help neutralize aging by protecting DNA in skin cells and helping your body make more collagen – the stuff that keeps your skin looking firm and healthy instead of wrinkled.
Orange juice that’s fortified with vitamin D and calcium is the best choice for your skin, but any all-natural orange juice will benefit you. Just make sure you don’t drink too much of the stuff with added sugar or unnatural juices that aren’t really made with oranges at all!
There are so many types of yogurt on the average grocery store shelf that it can make your head spin, but in most cases, they’re all pretty good for your skin. Yogurt is good for your skin because it contains vitamin D, which is good for bone health and sun protection.
While plain Greek and non-fat yogurt types are probably the healthiest, they may not be your favorite. But you can really add a lot of flavor to them and make them much more pleasant by adding some chopped strawberries, apples or blueberries – all of which are healthy and good for your skin and body.
For parents looking to promote healthy skin in their kids, or for kids who want to get a headstart on preventing wrinkles and sun damage, the possibilities in foods which do all of these things are endless. The sooner you start, the less there is to worry about later on down the line.
– Marcela De Vivo is a health and beauty writer for Fair and Flawless and a mother of three in Southern California. Even though her children are still young, she is a firm believer that it is important to start developing healthy patterns early in life.