Masks are undoubtedly of critical importance in the Covid-19 pandemic, the epidemic disease of the century, which continues to have a devastating effect in our country as well as all over the world. On the other hand, wearing a mask is often overwhelming due to the scorching summer heat and excessive humidity, and it can also cause some problems on the skin. However, it is possible to prevent the mask from wearing down the skin during the summer season in the shadow of the pandemic! Acıbadem Bakırköy Hospital Dermatology Specialist Dr. Belma Bayraktar said, “The mask left on our skin for long hours during the pandemic has caused some skin diseases, from eczema to rosacea, to aggravate. On the other hand, in extreme summer heat, sun and moisture create oxidative stress, leading to structural deterioration, collagen destruction and early signs of aging. However, with some simple rules and some nutrients, it is possible to prevent and even renew our skin.” Dermatology Specialist Dr. Belma Bayraktar told about simple but effective precautions to be taken care of in summer and 10 foods that help to renew the skin, and gave important warnings and suggestions.
Drink plenty of water
In order for the skin to fully perform its functions, it needs moisturizing and therefore water. 60 percent of body weight consists of water. However, as we age, this ratio starts to decrease, and as a result, our skin becomes dry and wrinkled. As a result of our skin losing its elasticity, sagging occurs. What we need to do in order not to dehydrate our skin is to consume at least 2 liters of water a day.
Eat a diet rich in vitamin C
We should consume foods rich in vitamin C frequently during the summer months. Vitamin C accelerates the production of collagen, strengthens the connective tissue and vascular structure, and ensures rapid healing of wounds. It protects against free radicals that cause skin aging and especially against sun damage. Creams containing vitamin C have the feature of lightening stains as well as anti-aging, providing lightening and brightness to the skin. Strawberries, asparagus, tomatoes, citrus fruits, avocados, onions, pineapple and rose hips contain plenty of vitamin C. Let's take care to eat 100 grams of strawberries a day for a young, healthy and radiant skin.
Consume fish twice a week
Consumption of fish such as salmon and mackerel allows us to consume enough fatty acids, which are very necessary for our skin, and are very beneficial for brain functions. It is also extremely beneficial for those with flaking and dry skin. It regenerates our skin and is rich in omega 3. Let's try to consume fish two days a week.
Make room on your table for foods containing vitamin E.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. It protects our skin from the harmful effects of sun rays and moisturizes it. It also relieves redness and blemishes on the skin. When used in cosmetic products, it prevents wrinkles, reduces age spots, and increases collagen synthesis, which is important in removing wrinkles. It also plays an important role in strengthening our hair. It is abundant in green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts such as hazelnuts, walnuts, oil and cereals. Consuming 50 grams of hazelnuts a day also makes a great contribution to keeping our skin young and getting rid of its spots.
Drink 2 cups of green tea a day
Thanks to the polyphenols in green tea content, it protects the skin from free radicals more than vitamins C and E. In this way, it makes the skin look healthy and radiant. Let's drink 2 cups of green tea a day. However, those who use blood thinners and those who have a tendency to bleed should be careful not to consume too much because it has a blood thinning feature.
Eat 2-3 walnuts every day
Zinc is an extremely important element that plays a role in balancing the oil secretion of the skin and wound healing. It also plays an important role in making the hair look voluminous and shiny, and in providing blood circulation. By eating 2-3 walnuts every day, we become rich in zinc, vitamin E and omega 3-6.
Do not neglect foods containing vitamin A
Vitamin A is very important for skin and hair health. It is also very effective in the goose skin look that we often see on the outside of the arms. It regulates skin tone, reduces sunspots, prevents the formation of new spots, and is very good for acne and scars. It increases the elasticity of the skin by showing a moisturizing effect. Thus, it contributes to the tightness and tension of the skin. It also has antiaging properties. In addition to liver, zucchini, carrots, fish oil, red pepper and sweet potato, let's not forget to eat 8 apricots or half a carrot a day for spotless skin.
Consume foods containing B vitamins
Vitamin B prevents water loss and moisturizes the skin. Thanks to its antioxidant effect, it helps the skin to look young, bright and healthy. Provitamin B5 (panthenol), on the other hand, has taken its place in hair care products as well as moisturizing the skin. It is found in abundance in cereals, fish, meat, milk, eggs, yogurt, green leafy vegetables, nuts and wheat.
Boil an egg a day
Vitamin D is a very important vitamin for our health. In its deficiency, many symptoms such as hair loss, joint and muscle pain, headache, fatigue, weakness, insomnia, low resistance and difficulty in losing weight are seen. Vitamin D, which is also of great importance for a healthy skin, is abundant in fish, liver, butter and egg yolk. Make sure to eat a hard-boiled egg every day for breakfast.
Pay attention to these rules!
Dermatology Specialist Dr. Belma Bayraktar “Healthy skin care is as important as the treatment of skin diseases. Our skin is our largest organ and is our external appearance. To make the skin look healthy and to prevent early signs of aging; "Cleanliness, moisturizing and protection from the sun should be paid attention to, sunscreen creams should be applied every three hours, excessive cosmetics should be avoided, and one should not go to bed at night without removing make-up."