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Perhaps you’ve heard that applying creams, moisturisers, and regular exfoliating helps your skin look healthier. You might even have heard that drinking water and keeping the body hydrated is important for younger looking, healthy skin. These things are true, but many people forget that what you eat can also have a significant impact on your skin. 

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and even in the wintertime some of it is visible.

The skin on your face is usually the first thing people see when they meet you. So it makes sense to keep this important organ in top shape. Here are some tips for how eating right can help your skin have a healthy look.

 

The skin on your face is usually the first thing people see when they meet you.

 

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin A is considered to be one of the most widely acknowledged vitamins for skin health. sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, winter squashes, lettuce, dried apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, fish, liver, and tropical fruits are all good sources of vitamin A.

Vitamins C and E are also said to be important for skin health. They are considered ‘antioxidants’ which are discussed below. Vitamin C is found in citrus foods, bell peppers, tomatoes, and cantaloupe. Vitamin E occurs in avocados and most nuts and seeds.

 

Vitamins C and E are also said to be important for skin health.

 

Antioxidants

Health professionals across the board are recognising the importance of antioxidant foods in the diet, and how these antioxidants affect skin health is coming to light.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the skin is said to be an indicator of a person’s liver and other digestive organs.

This makes sense, as the liver stores toxins that enter the body to keep them from circulating and causing harm. Antioxidants help boost liver health and, in turn, skin health.

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the skin is said to be an indicator of a person’s liver and other digestive organs.

 

Another way that antioxidants in the diet may help skin is by protecting the skin cells themselves. Damage from free radicals – pesky molecules that form as a result of toxin exposure, as a by-product of certain body processes, or from sun exposure – may be prevented by antioxidants in the diet.

So eating foods rich in antioxidants may help prevent this free radical damage from occurring.

Antioxidant-rich foods include berries, artichokes, dark chocolate and tea. Try switching out your normal tea for a green tea or a for a caffeine free alternative like Rooibos tea which is stacked full of health benefits and is my personal favourite.

Fats and Oils

We’ve all been told not to eat ‘greasy’ foods, as that could worsen acne? But fat intake does have a place in a healthy skin diet – as long as it’s beneficial fat. Replace foods with unsaturated fat and trans fat with saturated fats.

Olives, nuts, seeds, oils made from olives, nuts and seeds (like olive oil, canola, sunflower, safflower) oily fish, lean meats and poultry, eggs help build strong cell membranes.

They also help the body digest and use fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A and also vitamin D, another vitamin associated with healthy skin.

What To Avoid

Deep-fried foods are said to aggravate acne (the old adage is true here!).

Empty calories, junk food and soft drinks may not always cause skin problems directly, but these void calories do not provide the nutrients your skin needs to be healthy.

My own skin has a direct correlation with breakouts and soft drink so avoiding sugar laden drinks and of course drinking water as much as possible will help to keep your skin in tip top shape.

 

Our Beauty Editor, Tarnya Cook

Our Beauty Editor, Tarnya Cook

Tarnya Cook is the owner + operator of Tarnya Cook Skin & Wellness, she recognises the importance of beautiful skin inside and out and is widely influenced by the secrets of French beauty. Tarnya is a multi-disciplined skin, nail and beauty therapist whose passion lies in creating amazing skin for her clients.