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Eating for Radiant Skin

Eating for Radiant Skin

Funmilayo Aboderin

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

All You Need To Know About Sunscreen

All You Need To Know About Sunscreen

Funmilayo Aboderin

1st December, 2017

This article was previously published in the Punch Newspapers.

Sunscreen is a daily necessity for all shades and all skin types! Especially in humid and hot countries, such as Nigeria.

Although darker complexions do not burn as easily due to the presence of a substance that is responsible for determining skin colour in our bodies, called melanin. This means the darker you are the more melanin you produce. Melanin acts as a natural protection from harmful ultra violet rays produced from the sun, therefore darker shades do not burn as easily, however there is still a high risk of skin damage form excessive sun exposure.

Reasons Why You Need Sunscreen:

  1. Helps Prevent Skin Cancer: The sun produces harmful and damaging UV rays that increase the risk of developing cancer, therefore wearing sunscreen reduces the risk because it protects your skin.
  2. Hyperpigmentation/Uneven pigmentation: UV rays/lights from the sun can cause hyperpigmentation, by darkening areas of the skin and creating an uneven skin tone. Sunscreen helps prevent the UV rays from interacting with your skin pigmentation, which keeps your skin tone even and prevents dark spots.
  3. Premature Ageing: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation dermatologists, “90% of visible ageing comes from the sun”. Although most people do not apply sunscreen daily. It is the most effective anti ageing product ever. Age spots and wrinkles are accelerated by the ultraviolet exposure from the sun.
  4. Depleting Ozone Layer: The Ozone layer that is meant to act as a shield and protection to us from the sun’s rays is being absorbed by harmful UVB rays, therefore we need extra protection from the sun.

How to Use

Apply a generous amount 20 – 30minutes before going outdoors. Cover all areas of skin that will be open to the sun. If you are outdoors, reapply every 2 hours. Sunscreens with SPF 50+ are ideal in humid climates like Nigeria.

There are different types of sunscreens: built-in sunscreen, water – resistant, spray and mineral. Sunscreen products can be purchased in all pharmacies.

Remember: Many people assume sunscreen is not needed when it is cloudy or rainy - this is false because the rays from the sun are strong even when its cloudy .

Please wear sunscreen everyday!

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