Glowing skin starts from within!
Gut health has a direct impact on the appearance of our skin. How the gut feels is how the skin looks!
Skin concerns can be addressed from the outside with vitamin-rich skincare and regular salon treatments, but until we pay attention to what is going on inside we may not be able to effectively maintain our results.
To guide you on your way to complexion perfection (and to remind ourselves!), we have listed some of our favourite SKIN FOODS and how they may improve the appearance and functionality of your skin.
Everyone can benefit from hydration! And you can't rely on skincare products alone to lock in moisture, the hydration must come from within first! Make sure that you drink plenty of water, and you can also include fruits and vegetables that have a high water content to help flush away toxins from the skin.
Foods with high water content that help detoxification:
- apples / apple cider vinegar
OILY SKIN / BREAKOUTS
If your gut is sluggish and foods are sticking within your digestive system, toxins can build up and it will show on your skin. Fibre is what your intestinal tract needs to keep foods moving through, rather than fermenting for extended periods of time. So how can you encourage your skin to clear our these toxins? By ensuring you are getting enough fibre!
Foods that contain soluble fibre:
- papaya / paw paw
Efficient cell turnover is one of the contributors toward skin clarity. Eating foods that contain potassium will promote the growth of new skin cells which result in a healthy glow.
Foods that are rich in potassium:
- beet greens
DRY, FLAKY SKIN / BUILD UP
Healthy fats are like conditioner for your skin and are essential for absorbing fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamins A, D, E and K. They do not stimulate oil glands to overproduce sebum in your skin, just in case you're wondering! Oily fish and nuts are foods that can help to reduce the appearance of flaky skin and prevents dead skin cells from building up and blocking pores.
Foods that help to condition hair, skin and nails:
- pumpkin seeds
SIGNS OF AGEING
Antioxidant protection is the key to preventing visible signs of ageing. They help to keep your body's natural metabolism process in balance and protect against pollutants. Betacarotine is an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A, which is can help to defend against cell damage and ageing.
Foods that contain high levels of antioxidants:
- green tea
- sweet potato
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Any recommendations made in this post are general and supplementary to your regular diet. Individual allergies and dietary requirements need to be considered. Please speak to your general practitioner or a licensed professional for a personal health assessment.