Expensive skincare, parlour sessions and home remedies might not really work for your skin when the problem lies within. Just like other organs of our body, our skin requires nourishment as well. Consuming a well balanced nutritious diet makes your skin healthy and glowing along with delaying the signs of aging. Out of all the nutrients present out there, protein is something that our body cells are made up of. Inadequate levels of protein in the body, tends to impact our skin first. Protein deficiency in the body can lead to red, flaky, puffy skin with depigmentation which will leave it dull and dry.
Here’s everything you need to know about the importance of protein for skin along with some protein rich food items as explained by Dr. Jaishree Sharad, Board Certified Dermatologist, FAAD, Founder, Skinfiniti By Jaishree.
Why are Proteins Important for Skin?
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An important nutrient that is known as the building blocks of the body, proteins are something that our skin is made up of. Here’s why including protein in your diet can provide you with healthy, nourished and glowing skin.
#1. Provides structural support
Protein is a repairing agent that provides strength, structural support and sheen to your skin. Where elastin and collagen fibers form the framework of the skin, they also contribute in keeping it healthy and firm. On one hand where keratin helps to keep the skin firm, collagen and elastin makes the skin smooth along with improving its elasticity. As we are aware of the fact that collagen production tends to decline after a certain age which results in sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Consuming protein in adequate amounts and making it a part of your regular diet helps in boosting collagen production and will retain your youthful glow for long while keeping signs of aging at bay.
#2. Prevents Dry & Flaky Skin
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Dry flaky skin due to lack of moisture is an issue that most of us suffer from. Chili winter winds tend to make this condition even worse. Where application of thick oily creams can lead to clogging your pores, protein consumption is a cure that can treat it from within. As due to hormonal change the production of collagen tends to get reduced which gives rise the the early signs of aging. Including protein and omega 3 fatty acids in your diet can help you to regain that lost moisture and result in smooth, firm and moisturized skin. Not just this but it also helps in retaining moisture and hydration which delays the appearance of any signs of aging.
#3. Is a Skin Repairing Agent
Protein is an important nutrient required for maintaining the integrity, strength and structure of our skin. The body requires protein to repair and heal the parts such as muscles, tissues and skin. Proteins and amino acids are something that help in increasing the cell turnover which means sloughing down the old skin cells to make space for new ones. The speeding up of the healing process helps in providing a healthy and radiant glow to the skin.
#4. Are the building & binding blocks of the skin
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Collagen is a protein that has gained a lot of popularity in the beauty industry in the last few years. Being the most abundant protein in our body, collagen is something that binds the cells together. This protein forms a long amino acid chain which holds the body cells together. The presence of collagen is required for the smooth appearance of skin. As collagen tends to degenerate with age, the skin starts to sag and lacks moisture. Taking a protein rich diet helps in boosting collagen production which contributes in cell binding and results in a smooth, glowing and youthful skin.
#5. Provides Protection from Free Radical Damage
Free radical damage can be your worst skin care nightmare. These free radicals produced due to oxidative stress are responsible for breaking down the collagen of skin which then results in saggy skin along with dark spots, wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes.
Adequate amounts of protein are known to provide protection to the skin from harmful free radical damage. This happens due to the presence of amino acids in protein rich food items that makes them antioxidant aging.
Food Rich in Protein
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As by now we have learnt all about the importance of protein for our skin and how it provides glow and nourishment, let us take a quick look at some of the protein rich food items suggested by Dr. Jaishree Sharad-
- Lean meat
- Greek yogurt
- Kidney beans
Daily Protein Requirement
Knowing about protein rich food is not just enough but one must also know how much protein should be consumed on a daily basis. While spotting light on daily protein requirement of a person Dr. Jaishree mentions that-
- A male with a sedentary lifestyle needs about 60 grams of protein on a daily basis.
- A woman with a sedentary lifestyle should consume 55 grams of protein in a day.
This article is based upon a post by Dr. Jaishree Sharad, Board Certified Dermatologist, FAAD, Founder, Skinfiniti By Jaishree on her instagram handle.