As the days get lighter and brighter it always get’s me thinking in terms of diet, physical fitness and the condition of my skin! There”s a universe of information out there on diet for glowy skin! For me it does make perfect sense that what you put into your body will no doubt reflect on the outside however, I am also a firm believer of topical skin care routines to compliment this too. Either way my philosophy is fuel the body from the inside and treat the surface for max impact!
Fruit & Vegetables
We all know how important it is to get at least 5 X portions of fruit and veggies per day right? But why? Because they contain powerful antioxidants which help to protect the skin from cellular damage caused by free-radicals. These free radicals are triggered by smoking, sun and pollution. It’s advised to eat as many brightly coloured variants per day and a few examples include: Sweet potatoes, carrots & pumpkins which all provide beta-carotene (vitamin A) Veggies such as spinach & Kale supply powerful antioxidants which can help skin cell development, this in turn helps contribute towards healthy skin tones.
Vitamin C and Zinc
Zinc is great for the immune system, I’ve also heard it can help with some types of acne. Food rich in Zinc includes; Fish, Lean red meats, wholegrains, seeds, nuts, poultry and even shellfish. Then there’s Vitamin C which we all know as a powerful antioxidant which boosts the immune system. But why stop there? Vit’ C helps the complexion boost radiant skin, reduction in blemishes and can even help them heal faster – bonus! Aside from oranges Vitamin C can be found in Strawberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, kiwis, strawberries, papaya and even in sweet potatoes. All of these mini wonders encourage collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin.
Water, water and more water!
I know all of this seems so obvious! Because it really is! Yet there are so many times where we can all defy what we know to be good for us! Simple water is essential for our general well being and I do believe the skin needs it for elasticity too – I know when I have skipped on the water consumption I notice my skin looks a bit rough and dry. As much as our organs need water so does our skin! Aim for at least 6-8 glasses a day; herbal teas are a good addition too.
Supports healthy skin growth and can help block and fight free radicals, Vitamin E rich foods include; almonds, avocados, pine nuts, hazelnuts even sunflower and corn oils too.
Fats can be great!
I see so many people crash dieting and cutting out any kind of fat, but hey! We do need some and if we focus on the right kinds of fat vs the trash food kind, lo and behold the benefits! Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are what we want here! What is this? These are the good types of fat that we all need as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Foods high in these unsaturated types include; avocados, fish, rapeseed oil, nuts and seeds. The essential fatty acids act as a natural moisturiser for the skin, which then helps to keep it supple and also provide a good dose of Vitamin E.
If adding a mix of all of these and more in to our diets on a daily basis, the internal as well as external benefits are incredible. With anything nature based you may not see instantaneous results but you will feel the difference and see it in time. So troops what will you be cooking tonight? 🙂