If we’re not feeding our skin with a comprehensive diet covering all its nutritional needs (from both the inside and the outside), then we can’t expect it to look healthy and radiant.
And one of the best ways to help improve your skin health and complexion and fight the signs of premature aging is to combine a healthy diet with supplements which target skin health and topical creams and serums that provide your skin directly with all the bio-available nutrients it needs to rebuild in cell’s health and efficiency.
When we’ve been eating unhealthily, we easily get tired, lacking motivation, skin and eyes lacking sparkle, and all looking a bit gloomy, because your body and brain need properly balanced fuel to work to their optimum levels, and the skin is no different, after all, it’s just another organ of the body.
The most effective way of delivering nutrients to the deep skin is to take them orally. But these days, we can also do that topically, using bio-available nutrients. It has to be bio-available because our skin does not work like our digestive system, and does not break down ingredients (such as oil or extracts) into their separate forms, be it vitamins or amino acids.
Orally, nutrients are absorbed through our digestive system into the bloodstream where they are carried to the skin through the dermal capillaries. Our bodies are designed to obtain nutritional elements from our diet.
How Diet Affects Your Skin
What you put in your mouths is as important as the products you apply on their skin. Foods get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that our body can use to build healthy skin, and if you crash diet or eat highly processed foods, your skin won’t be as strong and supple as it could be. If you don’t eat enough protein, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that go into making collagen and elastic tissue, which both makes your skin strong and smooth respectively.
Many people claimed to be doing their skincare ritual every morning and evening, but still breaking out. My first question to them will be ‘How’s your diet?’ The bottom line is that whatever’s going on inside your gut (digestive system) will eventually show in your skin.
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants is good for your whole body, including your skin, as antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C, E, and A can curb the damage caused by unstable molecules (free radicals), which can harm skin cells and cause signs of aging.
One of the best ways to get more antioxidants is to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Pay Attention to Your Skin’s Overall Health
As important as it is to eat a healthy diet, your skin also needs you to do the following:
- Do not smoke,
- Make sure to get enough sleep,
- exercise regularly, and
- Drink enough water.
No matter what you eat, be sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF that protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. If you’re going to be outside, limit your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and always wear protective clothing. Wear sunscreen, and reapply at least every 2 hours if swimming or sweating.
Finally, to get results, give your skin time. It may take months to a year to really see an improvement in your skin, but go with what’s tried and true and give it a solid chance to work.