EATING FOR GOOD SKIN
What you eat has a big impact on your health, and your skin is no exception. A recent study found that eating more fruit and vegetables in particular can change skin tone, leading to a healthier glow, within a matter of weeks. VITAMIN C helps protect the skin and create more collagen. Our bodies can’t make vitamin C, so it is very important to get it from our diet. Find it in: Citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, berries, and broccoli. VITAMIN A is important for healthy cell growth and the production of keratin, a component of hair, skin and nails. Get it by eating beta-carotene – the antioxidant that’s responsible for giving orange fruit and veg their colour – which is converted to vitamin A in the body once it is eaten. Find it in: Yellow-orange and dark-green vegetables and fruit, liver, milk and eggs. VITAMIN E helps protect the skin against ageing and damage. Find it in: Avocados, wheatgerm, sunflower seeds, almonds, and peanuts. HEALTHY FAT helps keep skin soft and supple and reduce dryness. Find it in: Oily fish like salmon and tuna, meat, nuts, flaxseeds. ZINC is essential for wound healing, repairing damaged tissue and to balance oil production in the skin. Find it in: Sunflower and pumpkin seeds, eggs, nuts and oats. SILICA is a trace mineral that is essential for healthy skin as the body uses it to make collagen. Find it in: Bananas, kelp, wholegrain oats, brown rice, green leafy vegetables and alfalfa. MAGNESIUM is essential for healthy bones and muscle but it is also plays an important role in skin health. Find it in: Wholegrains, legumes, nuts, dark-green vegetables.