HEALTHY SKIN STARTS FROM WITHIN!
A healthy diet and nutrition is important for your health, but it can also have a big impact on the health of your skin. Your skin is your bodies largest organ and is an active, living tissue that protects you against extreme temperatures, sunlight and harmful chemicals. Your skin is also a good indicator of your general health.
WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN?
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Reduce inflammation, keeps your skin thick, supple and moisturised.
Important antioxidant for your skin.
Reduces inflammation, helps production of new skin cells and overall skin health.
Antioxidant, helps protect your skin from oxidative damage caused by the sun and environment. Needed to create collagen, the main structural protein that keeps your skin strong and healthy.
Acts as a natural sun block and helps protect your skin from sun damage.
Antioxidant that can protect your skin against sun damage, reduce redness, improve hydration, thickness and elasticity.
Antioxidant, may slow your skins ageing process by impairing free radicals that damage your skin.
FOODS TO FUEL YOUNGER, HEALTHIER SKIN
FATTY FISH - Salmon, mackerel and herring are all excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids which are important for maintaining good skin health. Also a good source of Vitamin E. Fish also provides the mineral zinc which is important for the production of new skin cells and the overall health of your skin. Fish is also a good source of high quality protein.
AVOCADOS - High in essential healthy fats that keep the skin flexible and moisturised.
Avocados can help protect your skin from sun damage, one of the main causes of premature skin ageing and wrinkles. They are a good source of Vitamin E and C.
SWEET POTATOES - Good source of beta carotene which functions as provitamin A, which means it can be converted into Vitamin A in your body. May help to prevent sunburn and dry wrinkled skin. Beta carotene is also found in oranges, carrots and spinach.
RED OR YELLOW PEPPERS - Also a good source of beta carotene and also a great source of Vitamin C needed for creating collagen to keep the skin firm and strong.
BROCCOLI - Great source of vitamins, minerals and carotenoids including lutein which helps protect your skin from oxidative damage and works like beta carotene. Also contains sulforaphane, which may help prevent some types of skin cancer and protect your skin from sun burn. Sulforaphane may also help maintain collagen levels in your skin.
TOMATOES - Good source of Vitamin C and all major carotenoids, especially lycopene. Eat with a healthy source of fat, like olive oil or fatty fish as fat increases your absorption of carotenoids.
DARK CHOCOLATE - Cocoa contains antioxidants that may protect your skin agains sunburn, improve wrinkles, skin thickness, hydration, blood flow and skin texture. Choose good quality, organic chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa and limit the amount you eat, or the sugar content will outweigh the benefits!
GREEN TEA - Contains powerful compounds called catechins and work to reduce redness and improve the health of your skin, improving the moisture, roughness, thickness and elasticity.
RED GRAPES - Contain resveratrol which has a wide range of health benefits including reducing the effects of aging. Can help slow the production of harmful free radicals that damage skin cells and cause signs of ageing.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE OUTSIDE!
Although eating a healthy diet can help to protect your skin from the inside, make sure you are also protecting the outside. Always wear a sun block or high protection sun cream and limit your time in the sun.
Around 60% of what we put on our skin gets absorbed so the products we use on our skin affects our health and overall well being. Many ingredients used in traditional skin care products have now been linked to allergies, eczema, cancer, hormonal disruption and reproductive problems. So what you put on your skin not only affects your skin but can also affect your health.
Look for natural, vegan, and organic products, the fewer ingredients the better! If you don't understand an ingredient then look it up. There are now many new brands on the market promoting natural health. If you eat well and take care of your body and health do some research and find products that are not only good for your skin and body but also sustainable and good for the health of the planet!
Be kind to your skin, taking care of it is more important that covering it up, and don't underestimate the benefits of drinking enough water and getting a good nights sleep!