Your skin can tell quite the story about your overall health—it is the body’s largest organ and needs to be cared for. Typically, when we have issues with our skin, especially the face, we are much more likely to attempt to remedy from the outside with creams, scrubs, face masks, or any lotions and potions that we hope might give us that “quick fix.” However, it makes much more sense that we remedy from the inside out for longer-lasting changes and improvements in the skin. A good skincare routine (and matching that with a good diet and exercise) should cover all the bases to achieve healthy and glowing skin in time for summer!
Despite popular belief, fats do not cause spots or oily skin. In fact, healthy fats give skin that healthy glow and too little fat in the diet can leave skin looking tired and dry. Focussing on monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (found in nuts, seeds, olives, avocados, vegetable-based oils, and fish) will help your skin stay moist, firm, and flexible. Ensuring sufficient protein in your diet is also extremely important for skin health. Your body turns the protein you eat into amino acids, then reuses these to make other proteins, including collagen and keratin, which form skin structure.
Vitamins A, E, and C are very beneficial in ensuring healthy looking skin. Increasingly, you might notice these vitamins are added to creams to help the skin, but they have super benefits for the skin when included in the diet.
Sweet potatoes, carrots, and red/yellow peppers are all great sources of vitamin A (specifically beta-carotene, a nutrient found in plants which function as provitamin A, meaning it can be converted into vitamin A in your body). Beta-carotene is thought to slow skin’s ageing by acting as an antioxidant, reducing oxygen damage caused by the sun, pollutions and other environmental hazards.
Berries are deliciously full of antioxidants that may help to clear up blemishes. Strawberries are particularly good for delaying skin’s ageing because they are chock-a-block with vitamin C, aiding collagen production as well as fighting “free radicals,” which damage cells and break down collagen, leading to those fine lines.
In addition to the foods outlined above, keeping active, getting sufficient sleep and staying hydrated are also extremely important for healthy functioning of the skin. Water cleanses your body, helping to eliminate toxins. Water keeps skin hydrated, making it appear plumper and less wrinkled, so drink up!