At True I am passionate about a holistic approach to skin health and wellness.
Having played in this space for over 20 years now, I am forever fascinated and intrigued by the magical workings of our bodies and the way they talk to us when things are out of balance.
Applying pure, potent certified organic skin care products topically has amazing effects on our largest organ. The skin.
However, this is only half of the skin health picture. Nourishing our bodies from within is just as important and should be incorporated into your daily skin health routine. Along with supporting your mind and emotions and how you see the world.
Here are 5 Super nutrients, and the foods they are found in nature, which help you get healthy skin:
1. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are known for their brain-boosting ability and are also great for healhy skin. They are a strong anti-inflammatory nutrient and very beneficial for inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. They help strengthen the cell membrane and skin barrier and aid in healthy oil production for well-hydrated skin.
These fats are abundant in cold water fatty fish such as sardines, salmon and anchovies. They are also found in ground flaxseeds, walnuts, chia seeds and hemp seed oil.
2. Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen and elastin, which is what keeps our skin firm and toned. Another great vitamin for glowing skin and skin elasticity that is easily added to the diet. It’s an antioxidant powerhouse that boosts our immune system and as we cannot manufacture Vitamin C in the body it is an essential vitamin. Good sources of Vitamin C are found in capsicums, strawberries, parsley, kale and kiwifruit.
3. Lycopene is a powerful phytochemical (not a vitamin or mineral) and delivers huge beauty and health benefits. It is an amazing free radical scavenger having a positive effect on the ageing process. Tomatoes are at the top of the list and are best cooked which provides a concentrated supply of lycopene. Other foods include watermelon, grapefruit, beetroot and asparagus.
4. Vitamin E provides protection against the damaging effects of ultraviolet light. It also promotes wound healing, reduces scarring and assists in the normal functioning of the nervous system. An all round good guy that has a very important role in the body. Food sources include Almonds, Avocados, Olives and Olive Oil and sunflower seeds.
5. Selenium is an important trace mineral and antioxidant. It maintains the elasticity of the skin and protects against cellular damage from the free radicals that cause inflammation and ageing. Good sources are Brazil nuts, mushrooms, oats, organ meats and seafood.
The following list above is a great place to just start your journey into achieving vibrant skin health and wellness. Adding a few of these foods into your weekly meals will have huge benefits for you and your family.
Nicki Hanning is the founder and chief skin alchemist & dreamer of True Meaningful Beauty, based in Wanaka, New Zealand. She is a holistic therapist, natural skincare formulator and mother of 2 who has lived and breathed health and wellness for the past 20 years. She is passionate about empowering women with the knowledge to make self care a part of their everyday.
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