What we put into our bodies really can have a direct impact on our skin and if you have a poor diet, no amount of expensive anti-ageing cream or strict skin-care regime will be enough to keep wrinkles (and spots) at bay…
Healthy skin is important in maintaining a proper barrier between your internal organs and your environment, keeping pathogens and other toxins at bay. Built from the inside out, skin draws its healthy glow from good nutrition so by eating a well-balanced diet you really can enhance your complexion.
In general your diet should include a range of foods: fresh fruit and vegetables which provide a whole host of different vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants (the best defence against the free radical damage of oxidation which is basically those progressively worsening lines, wrinkles, age spots and tissue laxity you see when you look in the mirror); carbohydrates such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta; and of course protein – one of the building blocks of healthy skin – such as eggs, beans meat and oily fish which is particularly packed full with essential fatty acids that will moisturise and nourish the skin, helping to keep it plump and young-looking.
Avoid over consumption of alcohol and sugar which slows the body’s ability to regenerate itself because it causes glycation – where glucose molecules attach themselves to collagen (known as the building blocks of the skin) and prevent it from doing its job i.e. keeping our skin plump and healthy-looking. Wherever possible, avoid chemically processed foods, made from refined ingredients and artificial substances, they are high in sugars and refined carbohydrates and low in fibre and nutrients.
Drink plenty of pure, filtered water which is critical to the body’s natural metabolic, digestive, and cellular regeneration processes. The amount you need varies and will be affected by factors such as climate and the amount of exercise you’re getting.
In addition to eating a varied diet – because no single food or drink can provide all the nutrients for a healthy body – you need to consider the amount of activity you expend each day –but I’ll have more for you on that subject later.
Essentially, it’s about ‘moderation in all things’ or fnding the right balance for you – the foods you eat, the bevarages you drink and the amount of exercise you do – all of which will impact, for better or worse, on your skin.