Skin diet – Food for your skin

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“You are what you eat” has a far bigger meaning than just making sure you eat healthy. What you put on your skin will also affect your skin within, just as much as what you eat affects your body.

We all know that sugar, fatty foods and too much starch can influence our body shape and health; we are quite quick to go to a nutritionist to provide us with the correct lifestyle in order to reduce our weight. But have we ever thought about the effect unhealthy food and a lack of vitamins/minerals can have on our skin

Here are the affects of food:

  • Fruit and vegetables are high in anti-oxidants and help in the protecting against free radicals.

Beta-carotene is an ingredient found in spinach, kale, papaya and sweet potatoes – this is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps new skin cells develop.

Vitamin C found in strawberries, kiwi fruits, blackcurrants, oranges, papaya, broccoli is also powerful anti-oxidants that helps to give your skin a healthy, radiant glow. These help to strengthen the capillaries that supply blood flow to the skin and produces collagen.

  • Vitamin E supports healthy skin growth.

This vitamin helps protect your skin from oxidation(cell damage). Avocado, almonds and hazelnuts are especially good for healthy cells and growth.

  • Crash course diets should be avoided.

When someone’s weight keeps fluctuating their skin gets the worst part of it. Rapid weight gain and losing can cause stretch marks and influence the skin’s elasticity and increase volume loss. This causes sagging and lines and wrinkles to increase and speeds up the ageing process making individuals look much older than their normal age group.

  • Selenium is essential for a good immune system.

This is a powerful anti-oxidant that works together with vitamin E and C. This this supplement helps protect the skin against sun damage, age spots and certain skin cancers.

  • Water helps skin stay flexible.

Dry skin is easily seen when ones skin is dehydration and lacks moisture content. The rule will always be 6 – 8 glasses of water and it comes with great discipline. Caffeine depletes water intake and you need to add 1 glass extra for every cup of coffee or caffeine-containing tea.

  • Ageing comes quicker when someone drinks a lot of alcohol or smokes.

These products break down healthy cells and releases free radicals causing older skin and pre-mature ageing.

But there is more to healthy skin than just eating correctly. It is true that our food contains more hormones than usual that affect our health and with that said our food has reduced vitamin- and nutrition percentage than a few years ago.

Healthy skin is possible by providing your skin with the correct nutrition from within. We all have our favourite type of product or topical cream that helps to nourish our skin, but it is never about the brand – it is all about the ingredients.

Just as food feeds our muscles and organs, so will active ingredients play an enormous role in feeding our skin.  It is a choice we make, everyday, to have healthy or unhealthy skin.

The guide to healthy skin by your skin’s diet:

“ A healthy outside starts from the inside.”

  • Alpha- hydroxy acids

Peels and products containing these help in improving fine lines, irregular pigmentation and with the appearance of rough texture and enlarge pores.

  • Salicylic acid

These help with improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin and assist by removing dead skin cells.

  • Arbutin

This ingredient helps enlighten pigmentation such as age spots and darker areas on the skin.

  • Retinol

This ingredient is derived from Vitamin A and is a very potent “anti-ageing” product. There are different derivatives from Vitamin a such as Tretinoin, Retinol and Retin-A.

Vitamin A containing products contain a very small molecule that allows penetration in to the deepest layers of the skin. It assists with cell regeneration improving uneven skin with a mottled appearance, giving better skin texture and skin tone. It is also known to improve the absorption of other active ingredients and helps with the hydration of the skin.

  • Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid

This is the most pure form of vitamin C that is found in skincare products. This is the most useful anti-oxidant that proves to stimulate collagen synthesis (new collagen) and helps to minimalize wrinkles, fine lines and scars.

  • Zinc/ Niacinamide

Zinc moisturizes the skin and regulates sebum production therefor helps with acne and controlling excessive oil. It soothes the skin and reduces inflammation.

It is also known for its powerful properties of creating a barrier and protecting the skin against ultra violet rays.

  • Hyaluronic acid

This is usually combined with the usage of vitamin C to assist with better absorption and penetration. It is known for treating ageing skin and they call it “the key to the fountain of youth”. This substance is found naturally in our body tissues and is there for treating ageing skin.

  • Benzoyl peroxide

This is affective anti-bacterial ingredient, which works by releasing oxygen inside pores and eliminates bacteria. When someone has pimples or acne there is oil and dirt inside hair follicles and bacteria collected with that. This ingredient eliminates the process where more can be collected and reduces the bacteria and inflammation.

  • Sunscreen UV filters

These are known to protect the skin from UVA (ageing rays) and UVB (burning). Broad-spectrum sunscreens will consist of both and give optimum protection against sun exposure and ageing.

These are only a few of many helpful nutrients, needed to maintain healthy skin. There are many more that may help to treat every specific skin need.

Visit Dermology today for a complementary Digital Skin Analysis where we can assess the skin. In depth we can see your hydration levels, pigmentation, sensitivity, pore size and oiliness and therefor assist you with the correct product recommendation. The correct ingredients will help your skin to function at its optimum efficiency and give you healthy, vibrant looking skin.

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