Natural Facial Rejuvenation: Study Shows Fruit and Veggies May Boost Your Looks
Posted December 31, 2014 in Plastic Surgery News
By Sherri Roberts
If you need a little motivation to squeeze more servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet, a new study that correlates these nutrient-rich foods to better looks and skin tone may provide the perfect incentive.
Study participants were judged to appear more healthy and attractive after increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables over a six-week period. Researchers from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland found that the 35 people who took part in the study had more red and yellow tones in their skin over the course of the study, giving them a healthy, golden glow. Carotenoid pigments such as beta-carotene and lycopene are thought to be the natural ingredients behind the beauty-boosting skin hue. Colorful foods including carrots, yams, spinach, peaches and apricots are high in beta-carotene, while watermelon, tomatoes, and pink grapefruit are good sources of lycopene.
And even more good news: you don’t have to ingest massive quantities of these foods to reap the benefits. Adding just two more servings of fruits and vegetables a day was enough to produce a visible improvement in participants’ skin tone. Because the study subjects all were lighter-skinned, more research will be necessary to determine the effects this dietary routine has upon darker-toned individuals.
As an additional measure to improve your skin tone and texture, nonsurgical procedures such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels are quick, easy, affordable methods to brighten and refresh your skin’s appearance by gently stripping away the older, weathered skin cells that can dull and discolor the facial complexion.
To learn more about our nonsurgical and surgical options for facial rejuvention, call our office at (713) 575-1996 to schedule your appointment with Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Patronella and/or a skin care specialist at our Added Touch Medical Spa.