Although it is important to find the right skin care products (* ahem – Pai! *), Conditioning and maintaining your skin from the inside is equally beneficial.
Topical treatments can only do so much and a holistic approach to skin health is best.
If you feed your skin with the right balance of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, it will look smoother and softer and flawless – you may also feel better for it!
Remember that it is important to be patient when you change your eating habits for the better. It can take up to four weeks for newly formed skin cells to surface. So don't be discouraged if you don't see the effects right away – stick with it!
Here are my top five tips on how to eat up to a glowing complexion:
1. Include You the good fats – essential fatty acids are my holy grail. Omegas 3, 6 and 9 are the building blocks for healthy skin and help maintain the natural barrier that traps moisture. They also have a strong anti-inflammatory effect and soothe the digestive tract, making them particularly effective in treating diseases such as eczema and acne. If your skin needs a pick-me-up, you can find these fatty acids in foods like oily fish, nuts, avocados and flax seeds.
2. Think of your ABCs – Eating foods rich in vitamins A, B & C has countless skin benefits. Here's why:
Vit A – helps skin grow
Vit B – helps skin glow
Vit C – produces collagen
Collagen is responsible for holding the skin together. The more collagen there is, the firmer and firmer your skin appears.
3. Eat your greens – your mother was right. A recent study by the University of Nottingham showed that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables gives the skin a golden, healthy glow than the sun. This is due to carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that protect the skin from pollutants and chemicals in our environment. They are most common in foods with a red, orange, or dark green pigment.
4. Iron Woman – Iron balances the skin tone. Although I like a steak every now and then, iron is also found in many vegetarian foods like apricots, almonds, broccoli, and spinach (also a good source of carotenoids).
5. Don't Skip Meals – Eating three meals a day and avoiding crash diets is beneficial for both your skin and your general health. Repeated weight loss and weight gain reduce the skin's natural elasticity and vitality, and strict diets often deny you these nutritious fats, vitamins and minerals.
I always say that everything is fine in moderation. Eat well, but don't forget to give yourself a treat or two – life is too short!
Sarah's blog on organic skin care – https://blog.paiskincare.com
Sarah is the founder of Pai Skincare, an organic skin care line for sensitive skin.