Happy National Nutrition Month. This March we’re helping you eat healthier, get in shape and look your best. Did you know that what you eat can affect your skin? I learned that the hard way when I started drinking whole milk. My skin broke out terribly. It wasn’t until I stopped drinking it that my skin went back to normal. Everyone is different and what affects your skin, might not affect mine, and vise versa. One thing is for sure, I really miss ice cream, blue cheese and putting milk in my coffee.
If you’re looking to eat healthier and improve the look and feel of your skin, you’re in luck. Highly acclaimed New York City dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine is an expert when it comes nutrition, supplements and how to achieve glowing, clear skin. She was kind enough to join me for an interview to dish on how you can improve your diet, her favorite moisturizer, avocados, anti-aging products, and much more!
* This interview was first published in 2011, and I have to decided to update it in 2018. My interview with Dr. Levine is one of my favorite interviews ever! She shared a wealth of information that we can all use at any age.
Original image courtesy of Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of New York City
How To Eat Your Way To Great Skin
Candie Anderson: How important is eating healthy to great skin?
Dr. Jody Levine: “Eating healthy is so important to keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Eat a diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants – vitamin A, C and E are great vitamins. Foods like berries, pomegranate, green tea, also the omega fatty acids which you can find in salmon or walnuts. They help give your skin a natural moisture and a glow.”
Daily Skin Care Regimens
Candie Anderson: What are some daily skin care regimens?
Dr. Jody Levine: “I recommend a daily skin care regimen for everyone. For the face use at least three products that have in them – an antioxidant, a daily moisturizer with a broad spectrum sunblock and a retinoid. For your body use a lotion that moisturizes and nourishes. Dial Nutriskin Lotion is a new lotion that has in it vitamins a, c, e, omega fatty acids and amino acids – all these nutrients that you really need for your skin and this is an affordable product that’s found in the drugstore. It comes in different varieties for the different skin types, so easy to keep your skin healthy.”
How To Moisturize Acne-Prone Skin
Candie Anderson: You mentioned using a moisturizer – on my face I tend to be more sensitive, combination and acne prone and anything I do causes me to break out. What would you suggest for someone like me?
Dr. Jody Levine: “We used to think that to prevent acne you had to keep your skin dry, but studies now show that’s not true. You actually need to be moisturized. So, moisture in itself does not cause acne. You have to find a product that doesn’t have in it other things, other preservatives that may be making you break out, but you definitely want moisture.”
When Women Should Start Using Wrinkle Creams
Candie Anderson: What about wrinkle creams? At what age should women start using them?
Dr. Jody Levine: “Well, it’s funny because my favorite ingredient for wrinkles are retinoids and those I use at every age. They’re great for acne, they’re great for pigment, they’re also great for preventing wrinkles. So, really you start using them probably in your teenage years when you start breaking out.”
Ingredients To Look For In Eye Creams
Candie Anderson: What should women look for when purchasing an eye cream?
Dr. Jody Levine: “The skin around the eye is very sensitive and very thin, so eye creams are good to give it a little extra moisture. Hyaluronic acid is a very nice ingredient in eye cream, also antioxidants. Look for antioxidants in all of your skin care products.”
Favorite Products For The Face
Candie Anderson: Do you have any product favorites for the face?
Dr. Jody Levine: “Well, I happen to love anything that has green tea (green tea cream or green tea serum.) You can look for it in the ingredients and also anything with sunblock because I cannot overemphasize how important it is to protect your skin from the sun.”
Supplements and Vitamins For The Skin
Candie Anderson: How important are supplements and should everyone take them?
Dr. Jody Levine: “Well, I think if you’re eating right, that’s great but it’s also good to make sure. Have a daily multivitamin just to make sure you’re getting all of your vitamins. Other supplements that are good for the skin include biotin. Biotin is very healthy for the hair, skin and nails. It helps brittle nails, it makes them strong. It also makes your hair stronger and the omega fatty acids. If you’re not getting it in your diet then take it as a supplement.”
Candie Anderson: How much omega-3 should people take on a daily basis?
Dr. Jody Levine: “I think one pill of an omega-3 supplement is fine but more important I really think is to try and get it in your diet. Eat fish, salmon, walnuts. Avocado also has a lot of omega-3. It’s easy to find in these things and to eat them.”
Candie Anderson: What about for those who are allergic to seafood, how can they get an adequate diet of omega-3 fatty acids?
Dr. Jody Levine: “Well, avocado. I don’t know if you like avocado but it really has a lot of omega-3 in it. It’s very good for the skin.”
Candie Anderson: What else should we be doing to maintain a healthy glowing complexion?
Dr. Jody Levine: “Your general health really reflects on your skin, so eat right, drink eight glasses of water a day, also sleep 8 hours a night and exercise at least three times a week for thirty minutes each time. Get your heart pumping, produce those natural endorphins. They help you feel good and look good.”
Candie Anderson: Where can we go for more information?
Dr. Jody Levine: “Dialnutriskin.com is a great resource!”