Healthy skin begins within and so it is vital you eat the right foods to supply the nutrients needed. It does not matter how expensive your skincare treatments are – it will all be in vain if your diet is poor. Sugar is the skin’s absolute enemy attaching itself to the collagen and breaking it down. We all age but if your diet is poor you are speeding up this process.
The Beauty of Fruit and Veg!
Vegetables and fruit that are rich in beta carotene, zinc, selenium and vitamins C and E are needed to obtain healthy skin so make sure you eat lots every day. These foods are abundant in antioxidants and will help fight free radicals that attack your body and show on your skin. Add healthy fats to your diet by eating a variety of nuts, seeds and use avocado and olive oils as dressings. Drink lots of water and green tea to hydrate, avoid sugary drinks at all costs.
You need to approach your skincare with a holistic approach. Make sure you always wear a sunscreen, be kind to your skin by not using abrasive scrubs or harsh soaps. Natural and gentle are always the way to go when applying products to your skin.
You Are What You Eat!
Fill your shopping basket (or better still grow your own) with an array of rainbow colored fruit and vegetables. The more variety in color is ensuring you are getting a wide range of nutrients. All fruit and vegetable have their own extra benefits so the bigger range you have in your diet the better. If possible buy organic and if organic isn’t an option always wash the skins and peel to reduce the chemical residues.
Small But Mighty
Herbs and seeds and nuts are great for your skin also and can be added to any dish easily. Make a stir fry and add some nuts, sprinkle your salads with seeds, add herbs as often as possible. Herbs, nuts and seeds are powerhouses when it comes to nutrients and should be in daily diet for optimum health benefits.
Use good fats that are packed with anti oxidants and anti inflammatory properties such as avocado and olive oil. These two oils are fantastic and so beneficial for your overall health and skin.
Start the day with a smoothie or juice, you can get your day off to a great start with a real nutrient blast. Use vegetables and fruit, not just fruit as it will have too much sugar when blasted. Try most veg and one piece of fruit, some water cress and nuts, you can add a dash of avocado oil too.
If you are on the quest for better skin you need to understand, what goes into your body whether good or bad will show up on your skin. Feed your skin well and all your other organs will benefit too. Your diet has an impact on your total well being including your mental health so eat well. Eating well means to make sure you are getting at least seven fruit and vegetables every day in some form. This is easier than you think, just be mindful of how you start your day, what is in your breakfast? If it is a sugary cereal – stop eating it, it is not helping you in any way. Check the so called healthy muesli breakfast cereals too, have a look at the ingredients and see how much sugar is in some of those brands. Swamp for slow oats and blue berries or a veggie fruit smoothie.
Healthy lunches should always include fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables have fiber and will fill you up so you don’t reach for some sugary snack. They will provide energy for you to work well all afternoon avoiding that mid afternoon slump.
It is easy to add vegetables to your evening meal, vegetables will again provide the nutrients and fiber you need to feel satisfied and stop you reach for those skin enemies of cookies and cake! It’s OK to indulge once in awhile but the important knowledge you need is they are not doing your skin any favors so keep as a treat and not an everyday occurrence.
Great Foods for Skin
Foods great for skin are also great for your general health and well being. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it will show if you are not taking care of your diet. This is a glimpse into the rest of your health, if you are not getting enough fruit and vegetables your health is not at it’s optimum. You need the vast array of nutrients and vitamins that are so easily available for your good health. Eating to achieve great skin will have the added benefit of helping your overall health.