Vitamins

How to nourish your skin from the inside 

From religious skincare regimes, slathering on the moisturiser or treating yourself to regular facials, looking after your skin is super important in helping you look glowing, radiant and healthy.

But did you know that it doesn’t just come down to expensive creams and fancy treatments? What you put inside your body is just as important as what goes on the outside.

There are lots of foods that are good for your skin when it comes to ensuring it remains plumped, hydrated and full of the vitamins and minerals it needs.

Although it’s always best to eat a healthy diet, there are also several multivitamins and minerals available to buy to top your levels up if you’re struggling to reach your five-a-day too.

So which foods are the best for your skin and why?
Oranges
Rich in Vitamin C, oranges are often hailed as a skin superfood because of the vitamin C within them. Also known as L-absorbic acid, the vitamin cannot be naturally synthesised in the body and so it is vital we get enough of it through our diet. Not only does it play a part in collagen formation1.

Broccoli 

A compound found within broccoli called sulforaphane (SFN) makes it a great vegetable to help with anti-aging. SFN also helps protect the skin from becoming damaged from the sun’s harmful UV rays2. What better reason to eat your greens!
Carrots
Carrots, along with other vegetables and fruits including butternut squash, sweet potato, mangoes and papayas, are rich in Vitamin A. This vitamin is essential in helping to maintain healthy skin, contributing in many ways including skin cell renewal3. It is important that when preparing fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin A that they are not overcooked as this can reduce their Vitamin A content4.
Almonds

Nuts, such as almonds, are the richest sources of Vitamin E. It’s important to try and include these in your diet as it is an anti-oxidant which works to protect the skin from oxidative stress5.

References:
1.      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583891/
2.      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26799467
3.      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3936685/
4.      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3936685/
5.      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7633944

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