Nutrition and Skin
Your skin is a reflection of your underlying health and good nutrition plays an important role in creating better looking skin.
Using a good daily skincare regime is important to condition and minimise moisture loss.
Keeping the skin healthy from the inside is just as important as using a prescribed topical treatment to ensure you get the best from your skin.
Experts advise, to prevent your body from oxidation, you must eat a diet rich in Antioxidants and ‘Smart fats’ (Omega 3’s and Monounsaturated fat).
Which foods are classed as Antioxidants?
The major Antioxidants are Vitamin A,C & E. Dermatologists believe that these Antioxidants help decrease sun damage and free-radical damage (unstable molecules which cause damage to our skin cells).
Vitamin A – carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, mangoes, greens and tomato-vegetable juice.
Vitamin C – orange/grapefruit juice, kiwi’s, strawberries, green peppers, tomato-vegetable juice, broccoli, mangoes and cauliflower.
Vitamin E – vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach and asparagus.
Omega 3’s and Monounsaturated Fats?
We are aware that Omega 3’s are healthy for the heart and joints but Omega 3’s from fish may also prevent sun damage on the skin.
Eating a diet with Monounsaturated Fats is very important for our skin to be at a healthy pH Level (the balance between acidity and alkalinity).
Omega 3’s – fish, flax-seed, walnuts, eggs, canola oil.
Monounsaturated Fats – olive oil, canola oil, almond oil, hazelnut oil, avocados, almonds, hazelnuts.
Whole foods contain nutrients such as calcium, fiber, B vitamins,magnesium, protein, Vitamin D, essential fatty acids, and potassium.
Feeding your body these whole food sources of nutrients will keep your cells functioning exactly as they were meant to.
Whole foods – vegetables, fruits, legumes, eggs, yogurt, nuts, oils that are rich in monounsaturated fats, multigrain bread, tea, and water.
Our 3 favourite foods.
1. Watermelon – is low in sugar compared to other fruits, so we don’t have to worry about Glycation (chemical reaction that compromises collagen) that leads to lines and wrinkles. The high concentration of water in watermelon can actually reduce the water retention that leads to puffiness around the eyes.
2. Green Tea -aids in the healing of blemishes and scars as it contains Polyphenols – an Antioxidant and an Anti-inflammatory, therefore flushes out toxins while keeping skin supple.
– Top Tip: put a used Green Tea bag in the fridge for a great 15 minute under eye treatment!
3. Blueberries – one of our ‘Super-foods’. They are rich in Antioxidants. When added to a topical antioxidant serum they combine to form a powerful defense against free-radical damage and cellular oxidation.
Getting all the nutrients from food that you’re body needs in a day can sometimes seem impossible.
To help our patients reach the required levels of nutrients, we like to prescribe a daily skincare drink called Skinade.
Skinade is a multi-award winning nutraceutical which has been developed by leading UK scientists and is designed to provide one of the most advanced, effective anti-ageing skincare products on the market today.
This delicious daily drink supports the skin all over the body. It works from the inside out to rebuild and strengthen the collagen matrix below the skin’s surface. Skinade boosts natural levels of hydration and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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