What’s the source of good skin? It’s an inside job
You would have heard it before, our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. So it’s a pretty good indicator of how we treat the rest of our body and something we want to consciously look after. I know I feel super-confident when my skin is looking and feeling bright and glowy. Although good quality products are a big help when it comes to good skin, I absolutely believe that it all starts on the inside. I can 100% attest to the fact that my skin definitely doesn’t look it’s best when I’m not giving it quality nutrition and I’ve had a run of eating crappy and processed foods. We need a sufficient amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support the health of our whole body including our skin and to give it that gleaming brightness we so desire. So where to start?
Eat the rainbow
This is our mantra in all facets of health! And it’s just as important when it comes to our skin. Maintaining a balanced diet full of fruit and vegetables in a variety of colours will give you a bunch of antioxidants to arm your body from the effects of oxidative stress. Try to include foods that are red, orange, yellow, green, purple or blue with every meal to maximise the number of phytonutrients going into your system. If you struggle to fit all of that in, you can bridge the gap with a good wholefood supplement like this one.
Reduce your sugar intake
It’s well known that a diet high in sugar, particularly added sugar, is not great for our overall wellbeing including our skin health. Excess sugar increases inflammation and causes a process called glycation that damages collagen and elastin. This speeds up ageing and promotes dull skin. So keeping your added sugars to a minimum and enjoying the sweet stuff in it’s naturally occurring form in fruit and other real foods is a better way to go.
Up the anti
Antioxidants that is! Eating foods high in antioxidants will give your skin an extra boost. Things like goji berries, dark chocolate (yesss), green tea, blueberries, elderberries, artichokes, cranberries, blackberries, cinnamon and turmeric all have a high level of antioxidants and will be doing your body a world of good. And that will shine through your skin.
Ditch the fake stuff
Processed food is nutrient depleted and full of chemicals. Although it can often be an easy and cheap way out, it has minimal benefit to our health and should be kept to a minimum. Go for real foods that are as close to their natural state as possible and steer clear of foods that have an ingredient list full of things you can’t pronounce. Try to avoid foods containing trans fats, refined grains and refined sugar as much as possible to keep your skin fresh.
The good oils
Good fats are so important for all of the cells in our bodies. Omega 3s in particular repair damaged cell membranes and have anti-inflammatory properties that benefit our health and our skin. You can get them from nuts, green vegetables and oily fish like salmon. Or take a plant-based vegan Omega capsule like this one to get what you need for good health and glowing skin.
There’s no magic formula for good skin, but you’re undoubtedly giving yourself the best start with good nutrition. Match that with adequate sleep, keeping stress to a minimum and finishing it off with good quality skincare and you’ll be glowing like nobody’s business!