Glow From the Inside-Out: Skinetica’s Skin-Boosting Superfoods
You know how the old saying goes, you are what you eat. While this isn’t strictly true (given that I haven’t woken up this morning as part Babybell, part Hobnob), the nutrients in food can have a startling impact on your body — in particular your skin.
One thing all scientists can agree on is that nutrition is important for your body and your wellbeing. How does this relate to your skin? Well your skin cells are constantly renewing and by consuming helpful nutrients you can give them even better tools to produce that enviable glow, famous in all the wellness mags.
Is the idea that you can snack your way to good skin too good to be true? That a delicious morsel could have some serious skin-boosting benefits? Whilst it isn’t the be all and end all — and if skin conditions persist then please visit your doctor — controlling your diet is a really achievable way of boosting your skin this winter.
Lets talk antioxidants. Antioxidants are a wonder substance that prevent (or slow down) damage to cells in a myriad of different ways. They can protect against aging and sunburn, help your skin cells repair themselves, brighten your skin tone and protect against skin cancer. Is there anything antioxidants can’t do?
Fruit and veg in general contains a wealth of antioxidants. The best way of consuming the nutrients you need is to eat as much of this fresh produce as you possibly can, in as many different colours as possible. But this wouldn’t be an interesting and informative article if it was just titled ‘eat your fruit and veg’ so here are some particularly useful (and delicious) food superstars to snack on when your skin is feeling dull:
The far superior sibling of the potato, sweet potatoes are delicious in many forms — and they also contain a large amount of antioxidant Beta Carotene (also found in carrots, spinach and oranges). Beta Carotene can be converted into Vitamin A in your body, which protects your skin from sunburn and skin damage and helps prevent dry skin. They are also a big provider of zinc and vitamins A, B, C, K and E — who would have thought that the humble sweet potato would have so much to offer!
I’m not talking about ketchup… Tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C (also found in citrus fruit) and the lesser known antioxidant Lycopene. Vitamin C helps with collagen production and Lycopene has many properties associated with anti-aging such as preventing skin discoloration, texture changes, fine lines and wrinkles.
Delicious roasted, salted, or hidden within a Bakewell Tart — almonds are also chock full of Vitamin E (also found in sunflower seeds, peanuts and spinach). Vitamin E not only helps to support your immune system, but it also plays a pivotal role in cell function and skin health. It can also help protect the skin from UV rays, making almonds an unlikely saviour in the skin game.
A personal favourite of mine, this chickpea dip is not only versatile for meals and snacking, but it is a great source of Zinc. Zinc is also found in red meat, beans, legumes and oysters. Oysters actually contain the highest concentration, however for those without fresh oysters on their doorstep, I think hummus is the most worthy alternative. Zinc is an anti-inflammatory and therefore can help with inflamed skin and acne breakouts.
The refreshing, fermented tea, beloved of yoga mums and Byron Bay surfer types, is also excellent for your skin. Many skin conditions including acne, rosacea and eczema have been linked to digestive health, and therefore it makes sense that a happy gut can equal a glowing complexion. Kombucha also contains a shedload of B vits, the darlings of the skincare world, and has been cited to improve your skin elasticity, tone, texture and clarity.
Good ‘unsaturated’ fats come with a whole host of benefits, and these fats can be found in fatty fish, nuts and avocados (yum). Fish contains Omega 3 fatty acids which are excellent in maintaining the health of your skin. Omegas 3s have been shown to help with inflammation — one of the major causes of acne. They also have been linked to improving skin barrier function, which helps the skin to retain moisture keeping it supple, glowing and hydrated. For vegetarians, Omega 3 can also be found in walnuts and chia seeds.
In summary, looking after your health and nutrition can do wonders for your skin, helping you achieve that glow from the inside out. It’s not hard graft — it’s just pure snacking!