Lifestyle Guide: A Favorite Recipe to Boost Skin Health

By Jill Seiler

When you see someone with great skin, you probably think one of two things: they hit the genetic lottery, or they clearly invest in great skincare products and treatments. While one or both might be true, did you know there are several other factors that also impact your skin wellness every day? From how often you exercise to your choice of laundry detergent, lifestyle habits have a significant impact on the way your skin both looks and feels. This is why we take the time to provide a thorough consultation when you first visit our practice so that Dr. Seiler and our team can craft a holistic regimen designed to meet your specific needs.

Just as important as it is to use medical-grade products with the right ingredients, you should also incorporate foods into your diet that are rich with skin-boosting ingredients! Certain nutrients are found to improve overall skin health by regulating the body’s natural processes, improving complexion, and even diminishing the signs of aging. I’m no Food Network expert, but I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes that both tastes great and delivers the nutrients your skin needs to stay glowing!

Whole Snapper with Chimichurri

1 whole snapper
4 small red potatoes
1/2 red habanero pepper, finely chopped
1 tsp. pureed garlic
½ cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. salt
½ cup finely chopped cilantro
¼ cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
1 tsp. oregano
¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

Preparation:

Combine habanero, garlic, vinegar and salt into a medium bowl. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro, parsley, and oregano. Using a fork, whisk in oil. Let it sit. While it sits, pre-set oven to 400 degrees. Chop red potatoes into edible portions. Put 2 tbsp. olive oil in your baking dish, add the potatoes, and lay your snapper on top. Then spoon chimichurri over uncooked whole snapper. Cook for 45 minutes or until the fish is cooked to your desired preference.

 

Red snapper is a low-calorie, lean source of protein that is rich in selenium, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids – all excellent nutrients to improve skin health! Here’s how they each work:

  • Selenium – this is an essential nutrient for maintaining elasticity and flexibility over time. This antioxidant also helps reduce oxidative stress and protect skin cells from potential damage. Foods with high amounts of selenium include fish, eggs, and Brazil nuts.
  • Potassium – similar to sodium, potassium helps regulate the amount of water in your body’s cells to prevent skin dryness. Green bananas, cooked broccoli/spinach, and potatoes are all great sources of potassium.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids – also known as fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids benefit the skin by regulating oil production which in turn boosts hydration and prevents acne. They can also delay the aging process and act as an anti-inflammatory agent to protect against/repair sun damage.

Of course, no Seiler Skin blog post would be complete without some product pairings to consider adding to your regimen! Revision C+ Correcting Complex, DEJ Face Cream and Lumivive are all rich with antioxidants proven to enhance skin health by stimulating the body’s regenerative processes and giving you an overall more youthful-looking appearance.

No matter what your food preferences may be, you should always search for recipes and ingredients designed to benefit your skin just as much as the products or treatments you use. Stay tuned for some more delicious and skin benefiting recipes in the future – and bon appétit!

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