How your diet affects your skin

I suspect that most of us at some time in our lives have reflected upon what we eat in order to maintain or improve our body weight. I know it’s something I have had to review, especially in 2019 when I was getting married. That said, as you might imagine, I also wanted my skin to look at its best not only for my wedding day but also for every day. Consequently, not only do I follow a strict skin routine, I also try and consider, will the food that I consume provide me with the nutrients to give me a healthy, glowing skin. I am really conscious that every day we are bombarded with what is good for us and often that information feels like it is conflicting, so don’t want to add to this confusion and hence will try and keep everything simple and just highlight a few ways we can improve our skin texture.

In one of my other blogs on What is SPF we looked at how you can protect your skin from the sun’s rays – in addition to products, your diet can also play a part in fighting the effects of the sun (UV rays). Over time, exposure to these rays can promote free radicals which damage the parts of the skin which provide structure and firmness such as elastin and collagen. This can lead to
fine lines and wrinkles 🙁

What can I do to improve my skin?

In order to keep your skin supple, it requires protein, which is essential for collagen and elastin production. In addition, omega 3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, promote skin health and help reduce inflammation. For those of you who would prefer a supplement, you could take Omega EPA. I would just suggest you look at the recommended daily dosage to ensure you are taking the correct levels.

I think most of us know fruit and vegetables are good for us on so many levels. For skin cell reproduction we need Vitamin A, which you can source from fruit and veg which have a deep red or orange colour. The added benefit is that they are also a good source of Vitamin C, which are antioxidants, helping to fight free radicals which can cause damage to skin and cause premature signs of ageing. Additionally Vitamin C is essential for manufacturing collagen and carotenoids – so it makes sense that we provide our body and skin with good supplies of both fruit and veg.

The other essential to aid good skin, is water. We are so lucky we have an ample supply of good clean water each and every day. So really we have no excuse. Staying hydrated is so important in order for nutrients to reach your skin cells. Avoid sugary drinks and enjoy water or green tea which is known to be a brilliant source of antioxidants.

Stay safe, look after yourselves and as always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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