The food and nutrients that we put in our bodies not only help us to achieve overall health and the physique that we desire, but they also play a huge role in the appearance of our skin. By loading up on the proper nutrients and vitamins through a variety of foods it is possible to fight off acne or signs of pre-mature aging and achieve radiant, youthful, glowing skin! The following foods and vitamins are the perfect addition to your healthy skin care regime.
Omega-3: Essential Fatty Acids can be added to your diet by eating fresh salmon, safflower oil, chia seeds and flaxseed. EFA’s aid in skin repair, added moisture and skin elasticity resulting in a smoother, younger looking complexion.
Silica: This trace mineral is not only awesome for your skin but will also produce strong healthy hair, nails and bones! Silica can be found in green beans, asparagus, strawberries and celery. You can also find it in a concentrated liquid form.
Zinc: This mineral is especially important for those suffering from acne as it helps to control oil production in the skin and may help to balance the hormones that lead to acne. It has also been known to reduce the chances of prostate cancer! You can find this mineral in both liquid or tablet form or go straight to the source by eating eggs, oats, pumpkin seeds and fresh oysters.
Vitamin A, C and E: These vitamins act as Antioxidants to fight free radical damage (damage caused by over exposure to the sun or pollution). It is easy to get your daily requirement of each by loading up on fruits and veggies. Remember to obtain these nutrients through whole foods as opposed to synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid). The following fruits and veggies are naturally rich in A,C and E.
Vitamin A- Chili peppers, carrots, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes
Vitamin C- Bell peppers, broccoli, guava and Kale
Vitamin E- Almonds, Avocados, sunflower oil and tomatoes
Biotin: This B vitamin is great for those that suffer from dry, itchy skin or hair loss due to a deficiency. Botin is the nutrient that form the basis of hair, skin and nail cells. Find it naturally in foods such as bananas, eggs, oatmeal and rice
The easiest and most affordable way to achieve a healthy glowing complexion is through a proper nutrient rich diet, plenty of water and restful sleep. Supplementation or expensive creams are not necessary as long as you are loading up on the right foods. So before spending a fortune on expensive skin care products or surgeries, try tackling the problem from the inside out!