The Med Diet
Could your breakfast be doing wonders for your figure while wreaking havoc on your face? In this series, I'm taking on 6 of the most popular diets (fad and otherwise) to reveal the eating habits that are best—and worst—for your skin. Get ready for glowing skin and a healthy body.
On the Menu: The Mediterranean Diet
Based on the traditional eating habits of the countries on the Mediterranean Sea, this balanced diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and legumes. Food is cooked wth olive oil and seasoned with flavorful herbs and spices. Proponents advocate eating fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week and having poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation. Sweets and red meat should be saved for special occasions, but a glass of red wine from time to time is just fine.
What the Mediterranean Diet Does for Your Skin
Sticking to this regimen will reward you with a well-hydrated, dewey complexion. Why? The diet's rich in olive oil, a monounsaturated fat that's great for the skin, whether you're consuming it or using it as a moisturizer. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish help keep skin cell membranes strong and elastic, and antioxidants in leafy greens protect against UV light, which breaks down collagen and elastin. Plus, ample servings of essential fatty acids will keep the skin plump and youthful.
Red wine contains resveratrol, a very powerful antioxidant that's great for the skin—but drink in moderation! Overdoing it can dehydrate you and leave you with dry skin.