June 16 2022 – Genevieve Chaplin
The key to a successful skin care routine is healthy balanced skin and a healthy balanced gut.
The gut and the skin are closely connected and when the gut microbiome is out of balance, it can affect your skin health. Skin becomes dehydrated, shows signs of ageing, is more likely to be sensitive and show flares of eczema, acne, rosacea, or psoriasis. It’s important to heal your gut lining to help avoid these issues so your skin can be at its best!
How To Achieve Healthy Skin From The Inside
Everyone has a favourite face cream or treatment, but beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within. The key to a healthy balanced gut is to eat antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, healthy fats from oily fish and nuts, and a varied and balanced diet. This should give optimal levels of the nutrients that are crucial for radiant skin, including beta carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc, and selenium.
Fruit & vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radicals, smoking, pollution, and sunlight. Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant that supports the immune system, promotes radiant skin, and helps heal blemishes. The best sources of Vitamin C are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries, and sweet potatoes. Vitamin E protects skin from cell damage and supports healthy skin growth. Foods’s high in vitamin E include almonds, avocado, hazelnuts, pine nuts and sunflower and corn oils.
Water, water & more water! Skin needs moisture to stay flexible and any sign of dehydration will cause skin to look dry, tired & dull. To maintain hydrated skin, it is recommended to drink six to eight glasses of water per day. Always keep a large bottle of water with you to remind you to drink. Herbal, caffeine-free teas are good too!
Some skincare brands incorporate water-enhancing elixirs and capsules to their product ranges such as Esmi, Kora Organics and Dr Whitney Bowe Beauty. If you want to add a little something extra to your diet this is another great option to look into.
Once you make changes to your diet, patience is key. It takes six weeks for new skin to emerge up to the surface, so the visible benefits from dietary changes will take just as long. Older cells are constantly shed and replaced by younger ones and a steady supply of key nutrients is essential to support this rapid growth. Just remember that it’s not just what you put on your skin that helps achieve that natural, healthy glow, it’s also eating the correct balance of foods to ensure you feed your skin the vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple, and blemish-free!
Disclaimer: This blog post is solely for informative purposes. For persistent skin conditions, talk to your GP or consider seeing a dermatologist.