Top Foods for Natural Healthy Skin
We all want glowing, smoother and younger looking skin, but With so many facial creams, beauty products and treatments available to choose from, it can get a little confusing.
However, what if getting that healthy glow was easier than you thought? They say ‘You are what you eat’ and this is especially true when it comes to the health of your skin: A healthy, balanced diet and good nutrition is very important for your overall health.
One of the simplest and yet most important ways to achieve healthy looking skin is by drinking plenty of water. The recommended intake of water is 8 glasses per day. This may seem a lot, but water carries with it a whole host of other health benefits from better sleep to improved concentration well as its incredible benefits to your skin:
Water hydrates your skin cells, which not only helps to flush away toxins but moisturises your skin from the inside – helping to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Vitamins A, C and E also contribute to healthy skin. Without these vitamins in our diets, our skin can become very dry and unable to heal properly. [Strawberries blueberries and blackberries for natural healthy skin]
Vitamin C is a “Colagenic” meaning it helps your body create collagen, which makes your skin firmer, stronger and more “elastic”, also reducing the risk of broken veins under the skin’s surface known as thread veins.
Like Vitamin C, Vitamin E is an Antioxidant, helping protect your skin cells from the damaging effects of sunlight and, also like vitamin C, your body cannot produce it – so it is important to introduce vitamin C and E to your body through your diet.
Vitamin A is even more remarkable, it is also an antioxidant and a collagenic, but it can actually repair damaged skin cells, which is why it has long been used in anti ageing treatments and for effectively treating conditions such as acne scarring and rosacea.
So, where can you find these amazing skin nutrients? Well rather than pay hundreds of pounds for skin creams containing them (which is actually a very poor way of getting them into your skin), you can find all three vitamins in very simple and readily available foods:
Vitamin C can be found in oranges, strawberries, spring greens, broccoli, kale and, in its highest concentration, in bell peppers!
Vitamin A can be found in carrots (in the form “Beta Carotene”), in sweet potatoes or yams, in spinach, and again in bell peppers. Low fat dairy products, especially milk, are a great source of vitamin A.
A tip to getting fruits with the highest levels of these two antioxidants is “the darker the better” – so eating dark fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums will get you the highest levels of these beneficial vitamins. [Walnuts for natural healthy skin]
Vitamin E is a little different to the other vitamins as, unlike A and C which are water soluble, this is fat soluble. Fatty Acids in general (such as in omega 3, 6 and 9) are great for keeping your skin lubricated and help to keep your cell membranes healthy, and both vitamin E and fatty acids can both be found in seeds and nuts such as sunflower seeds, almonds, flax seeds and wheatgerm as well as in oily fish. The best ratio of the Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids can to be found in hemp seed oil.
Fibre for Healthy Skin
Eating foods whic are high in Soluble Fibre (such as beans, nuts, raisins, dates, apples and brown rice instead of white) will help cleanse your colon and digestive tract – this has a marked efect on your appearance as your body does not have to work so hard to excrete toxins (many of which it will try and get rid of through your skin), so a fresh fruit and veg diet really can lead to fresher face! [Milk for natural healthy skin]
‘Live’ bacteria found in yogurt, have a great impact on your skin: We have millions of beneficial bacteria living on our skin and, although this idea may sound a little creepy to some, without them we can be susceptible to a whole range of skin complaints.
Not only are yogurts high in these beneficial bacteria and in vitamin A, they also help to keep your digestion healthy and normal which, as mentioned above, really reflects itself in the appearance of your skin.
Other Healthy Skin Tips
Facial creams might help us feel better, but to really see a difference in our skin’s health, it’s what we put in to our bodies that shines through.
A healthy, balanced diet, with exercise and plenty of rest is the key to the glowing, healthy skin we always wanted.
Of course, time, patience and persistence are all required before these lifestyle changes can create the skin benefits you are looking for – so if you’d like to get a head-start on the process there are a number of fast, non-invasive treatments out there that can get the results you need. Have a look at the following links to learn about effective modern skin treatments such as Microdermabrasion, Laser Treatment for Rosacea, IPL Skin Rejuvenation and many others.