Complements Beauty from the inside out


By Lashelle Kuhlman, licensed aesthetician, reconstructive & cosmetic surgery, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Believe it or not, what you eat and drink can affect your skin. Your skin is not only the largest organ of your body, it’s also the one people see first. Feed your body the proper nutrition and you will see results not only on the inside, but on the outside as well.

What most people want to do is slow or delay the aging of their skin. The best way to do this is to keep body cells from oxidizing. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants is the best way to keep body cells from oxidizing. Foods rich in antioxidants include fruits and vegetables. Concentrate on green, leafy veggies, blueberries, beans, lentils, salmon and nuts.

Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Keeping the skin well-hydrated will help with fine lines and wrinkles and will keep the skin supple so it is not dehydrated and dry. Generally, you should drink half of your body weight a day in water, but how much activity you do a day can alter that number.

Green tea is just as important to incorporate in your daily consumption. Green tea helps stop inflammation and slows down DNA damage.

Good nutrition and staying hydrated both play a role in good-looking skin!