Our skin is sum and substance of what we eat and drink, and what we expose it to.
Our diet and lifestyle play a crucial role in the appearance of our skin. So read more for some secrets for healthy looking and glowing skin.
Antioxidants for Healthy Cells
Free radicals are all around us and its effects can damage skin cells, causing aging, wrinkles and dry skin. Antioxidants prevent or slow the damage done to cells by free radicals, preventing premature aging and collagen breakdown.
Foods high in anti-oxidants include colorful fruits and vegetables such as berries, tomatoes, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines and beans.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids help to protect and strengthen skin membranes. With strong skin membranes, moisture is retained, making the skin look healthier and plumper. It also maintains your skin’s natural oil barrier, keeping dry skin and blemishes at bay.
As essential fatty acids are not produced by the body, they must be eaten. Good food sources include olive oil, walnuts, avocado and coldwater fish such as salmon and sardines.
Water keeps the skin hydrated, reducing the look of fine lines & wrinkles. It also helps cells take up nutrients and purge toxins. With improved circulation and blood flow, the skin remains healthy and glowing.
Green Tea: Antioxidant Powerhouse
Green tea helps to slow inflammation and reduce DNA damage. So reach out for that pot of green tea.
CoQ10: Coenzyme Q10
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant made naturally in your body. However, its production decreases with aging. CoQ10 works at a cellular level and is involved in energy production and the basic functioning of cells. It also protects skin and other body cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
Food sources of CoQ10 include fish (such as salmon and tuna), chicken and whole grains
Vitamin A, C and E
These vitamins are great for ensuring healthy skin. Vitamin A, found in oranges and carrots help in skin repair and improve the signs of aging. Vitamin C and E help protect against damage from the sun, and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitamin C may be found in citrus fruits, papaya and brussel sprouts while Vitamin E may be found in spinach, nuts, asparagus and vegetable oils.
For great looking skin, add the foods mentioned above to your diet. While food is the best source of these nutrients, supplements may also be available to complement your food, to ensure that you are getting the right amount of nutrients all of the time.