We’re often asked, “What’s the formula for healthy skin?”
The answer? What you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto it.
Yes, anti-ageing, hydrating skincare products can make a massive difference to the condition of your skin. However, if you don’t give your body the nourishment it needs to look and feel great, it simply won’t.
It’s all about going back to nature and optimising your diet to ensure it’s packed with skin-boosting vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.
This applies to your skincare products too.
Our advice is to avoid formulated ingredients and say no to nasties to ensure your skin is getting the very best in hydration and protection. Plant-based skincare ingredients provide a rich source of antioxidants and free radical protection, so are often just as, if not more effective, than chemical-based alternatives!
So, what should I eat?
We’re not saying you can’t treat yourself once in a while, but the key is everything in moderation. When planning your meals, try to include a rainbow of organically grown, pesticide-free fruit and vegetables, as well as enough meat, fish and dairy to ensure your diet is balanced.
Processed foods are packed with chemicals and hidden salt and sugar, so try to avoid these as much as possible for your general health, as well as your skin health. In short, the old adage: “You are what you eat” is certainly true, so we’ve rounded up our favourite foods to help nourish your skin from within...
Sweet potato, carrots and squash are excellent sources of beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. When consumed, Beta-Carotene absorbs into the skin helping to protect it from sun damage and also reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Red peppers also contains beta-carotene, as well as plenty of vitamin C, which is necessary for creating collagen in the skin.
Not just a hipster brunch fave, avocados are loved by skincare experts up and down the land thanks to their healthy fat content, which has been found to leave the skin feeling more supple. Avocados are also a good source of vitamin E, an important antioxidant that helps to prevent oxidative damage.
At last, an excuse to indulge in chocolate! Well, dark chocolate at least! Dark chocolate contains large amounts of antioxidants that help the skin to feel more hydrated. It also helps to improve blood flow, which brings more nutrients to the skin. Top tip: the higher the cocoa content, the better.
The antioxidants in green tea are powerful compounds called Catechins, that have been found to improve the health of the skin. They help to boost moisture and improve elasticity, as well as reducing redness from sun exposure.
Salmon, mackerel and herring are all great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids that are vital for skin health. In fact, did you know a deficiency in Omega-3 can actually cause dry skin? Well, you do now!
Water makes up a large percentage of our body, so it goes without saying we should drink plenty to maintain good health and radiant skin. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day.