Healthy food is important for good skin. Why?
On top of our previous posts on Vitamin C (Vitamin C Anti-Pigmentation Hype) and Vitamin A for anti-pigmentation and anti aging skin care, we thought it would be useful to find out if we could ingest these vitamins to revitalize our skin for optimum glow. And of course, the conclusion is yes, we can ‘feed our skin’ and we wish to share with you our findings on the ‘Perfect diet to complement our Perfect Skincare’.
Skin ages due to natural elements like pollution, sun damage, extreme weather, diet and stress. It is therefore very important to have a healthy lifestyle including a well-balanced diet to assist our body (and skin) to receive optimum nutrition.
Water for detox and cleansing:
I still remember my yoga teacher often reminded me to keep a bottle of water next to my bed. He advocated that we start the day (aka before we get out of bed nor brush our teeth), to drink 1 glass of water. It is believed the enzymes in our mouth is good for our digestion too. Drink at least 2 litres of water per day. Another way to increase your body water percentage is to eat raw fruits and vegetables. They are dense in water. This is a good alternative for drinking water all the time.
Vitamin A for skin repair
Vitamin C to repair sun-damaged skin
The main culprit to aging is sun damage. It not only cause havoc to the melanocytes and create pigmentation.Vitamin C can help protect you. It also helps undo sun damage to collagen and elastin, which firm up your skin. Get vitamin C from red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, greens, and brussels sprouts.
Vitamin E as skin booster
Another antioxidant that may help save your skin from sun damage and inflammation is vitamin E. Get it from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, asparagus, and leafy greens.
Good Fats to make up natural oil barrier
Omega-3s and omega-6s are good fats that help make your skin’s natural oil barrier, keeping away dryness and blemishes. Essential fatty acids like these help leave your skin smoother and younger-looking. You can get them from olive and canola oils, flaxseeds, walnuts, and cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
Anti-oxidant for DNA repair