Eating for Radiant Skin
1st December, 2017
This article was previously published in the Punch Newspapers.>
Do you want healthy-looking skin? Try eating healthy.
The old saying ‘You are what you eat’ is very accurate because the healthier you eat the more it reflects on your skin. Beauty starts from within by nourishing and feeding yourself with the right nutrients and vitamins that aid your health and skin.
These are a few foods for a healthy skin:
1. Vitamin C: This vitamin protects your skin from sunlight rays, thereby protecting your skin from sun damage such as ageing and discoloration. It also has a component that helps produce collagen which is what rejuvenates the skin by keeping it firm, toned which reduces signs of ageing.
Lastly it is crucial for the growth and repair of tissues in our bodies which helps heal wounds and scars faster, revealing healthy-looking skin.
Excellent sources of Vitamin C include: Oranges, Sweet corn, Carrots, Onions and Lemons.
2. Vitamin E: This vitamin protects and repairs damaged skin by reducing inflammation on the surface which helps maintain healthy skin. It also helps reduce scars, eczema and other skin conditions by speeding up the healing process. Furthermore, it is effective for balancing hormones, which could in turn clear acne.
Foods that contain Vitamin E include, Avocados, Mango, Spinach, Broccoli, Tomato and Almonds.
3. Water: Water effectively flushes out toxins and waste products which in turn combats skin disorders by cleansing your skin and delivering key nutrients to the body. The skin is an organ, and just like other body organs, mainly consists of water. When the skin lacks water , it becomes dehydrated, making the skin flaky, dry and prone to wrinkles. It is an ideal replacement for expensive anti – ageing products as it provides the same effects when consumed properly.
Six to Eight glasses of water are recommended daily.
4. Omega-3: Omega-3’s fats are fatty acids that cannot be produced in the body but only through a balanced diet. The benefit of this to your skin includes clearer skin. Fatty acids also act as a natural moisturizer by energizing dry skin from within. Finally, it is also a perfect cure for skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
Examples of Omega-3 sources include: Sardines, Tuna, Salmon, Olive oil and Mackerel.
5. Zinc: Zinc is essential for your skin especially for skin conditions such as acne. It focuses on the functioning and production of sebaceous glands in the skin which are the glands that produce oil and assist in restoring damaged skin. Zinc can regulate the production of oil on your skin, that can reduce acne because acne is caused by an infection in the sebaceous glands.
Sources of Zinc include: Fish, Lean red meat and Dark chocolate.
Try swapping the sweets, fast food and sugary drinks for healthy fruits and vegetables to see amazing results on your skin and health.