True beauty is an inside job! Beauty problems such as dry, rough skin, acne and oily skin are an outward manifestation of problems inside the body and the skin is a good gauge of internal health. Good health can lead to radiant looks – if you’re taking care of yourself, your body will tell the world!
Nutrition for skin problems
- Dry, rough skin: Drink at least one litre of water a day and eat plenty of water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, especially yellow, orange and red ones that are high in Beta carotene. Alcohol and stimulants such as coffee and tea should be limited.
- Oily skin: Diet low in fat but sufficient essential oils from seeds; diet low in alcohol, sugar and stimulants is beneficial.
- Acne: To help prevent breakouts, cut down on refined and processed foods and eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, nuts and wheat germ.
- Clear skin: is the direct result of what you eat and is also an accurate reflection of your state of health. If you want to look good and feel great, invest in the long-term benefits of food that makes a real difference from top to toe.
Nutrients for Ageless Beauty
- Essential fatty acids found in oily fish help to nourish your skin and add luster and softness to your complexion. Eat seafood at least three times each week. Ground flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-three fatty acids that promote good skin health.
- Vitamin A is essential for beautiful soft skin. Lack of this vitamin can result in rough, dry skin. Include plenty of dark orange (carrots, orange, papaya and mango) and dark green (broccoli, spinach,) vegetables — all of which are high in vitamin A.
- Vitamin C helps to fight wrinkles and aids in collagen formation. It also plays a role in the healing process. Citrus fruits, strawberries, black currants, guavas, kiwi, peppers are all good sources.
- Vitamin Erich nuts and seeds should be included, such as hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds as snacks to prevent sagging facial muscles, age spots and to provide skin lubrication.
- Vitamin B from whole grains, pulses, lean meat aids in new skin cells formation and in getting rid of that washed out look.
- Zinc found in shellfish, pulses, pumpkin seeds and whole grain cereals helps your skin to heal quickly and prevents skin infections.
- Oils, including flaxseed oil, olive oil and sesame oil can also serve as internal moisturizers for smooth, wrinkle-free skin.
- Water is essential for skin hydration, to keep it moist, soft, supple and clear; and helps the body to get rid of wastes and toxins.
Menu for Glowing Skin!
- Salads: Enjoy grilled peppers drizzled with olive oil, raw vegetables, salad greens drizzled with lime juice and sprinkled with walnuts, grated carrot with raisins, walnuts and sunflower seeds and lime dressing.
- Golden Fruits: Make a salad of yellow-fleshed fruits such as apricots, oranges, peaches, melon, papaya and mangoes.
- Seafood: Choose zinc rich shellfish such as oysters.
- Skin Drinks: Drink at least eight glasses of water and intersperse these with fruit juices including citrus, apple, apricot and pineapple; and also vegetable juices such as carrot, tomato and celery.
- Snacks: A handful of mixed nuts such as walnuts and almonds does wonders.