Diet for Skincare tips
Your skin is a living, breathing organ of the body and it needs to be properly nourished and hydrated to look and feel its best. When your skin is deprived of necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients it is unable to function at optimal levels and the structure slowly begins to break down. In order to avoid this breakdown and keep its healthy glow, you need to feed your skin a mix of important nutrients each day.
Healthy skin starts from the inside and works its way out. The first step: eliminate refined sugar and fatty junk foods. Load up on fruit and vegetables which are packed with the best-known antioxidants – Vitamins C, E and beta-carotene (converted to Vitamin A once in the body). Your skin also needs a good supply of protein, iron, zinc, copper and folic acid. Essential beauty boosters in your daily diet should include at least two serves of fruit, five serves of vegetables, healthy carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread or rice as well as fish, lean meat, chicken and eggs.
Good skin also needs a little fat, such as essential fatty acids and omega fats, to improve its appearance. The best sources are liquid oils (rice bran, olive, grapeseed, hazelnut and soybean oils), almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, avocado and seeds such as sunflower, sesame, poppy and linseeds. They make great summer snacks or the perfect dressing over light salads.
Dehydration also causes skin ageing, so drink plenty of water every day. This will not only hydrate the skin but will help to remove waste from the kidneys and detoxify the liver.