Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and one we so often take for granted. It has a multitude of roles, most importantly acting as our first defence against any harmful pathogens from our external environment.
I believe skin health starts from nourishing your body from the inside out. Supplying your body with the correct nutrients can do wonders for skin elasticity, tone, complexion and can help give you that glow!
Here are my 5 favourite tips to boost skin health:
- Avocado: Avocados are my go to health food and are an amazing source fatty acids, which help to neutralise inflammation and damage as a result of the sun. Avocados are also chook full of antioxidants such as vitamin C important for collagen production, vitamin E for preventing oxidative damage from the sun and carotenoids for improving fine lines and wrinkles as a result of sun damage and oxidative stress.
- Water: I cannot emphasise enough the importance of water on skin health. Although the evidence on water consumption and skin health is rare and conflicting, in my personal experience when I drink adequate water my skin always appears plumper and dewy. Mild dehydration can make your skin appear tired, dry and slightly greyish.
- Oily fish: Another personal favourite! Sardines, anchovies, salmon, tuna are all swimming (pardon the pun!) with omega-3 fatty acids which are responsible for keeping our cells healthy and supple on a cellular level. A cell membrane that is healthy gives you that glow from the inside out. I should point out that a healthy cell membrane is also important for brain health, if a membrane is ridge and inflexible this can result in memory loss, forgetfulness and brain fog.
- Zinc: Helps to neutralise free-radical damage, sun exposure and infection. Zinc assists in cell renewal, helping to heal and rejuvenate cuts and wounds, controls acne flare-ups and gives your skin a glow! Zinc is found in pumpkin seeds, wholegrains, shellfish and lean red meat. If poor digestion is an issue a zinc supplement can help to boost levels. I recommend Thorne Zinc Picolinate (picolinate is a well absorbed form of zinc). Remember to take zinc away from foods. Usually 1 capsule a night time just before bed is ideal.
- Hormonal Check Up: Hormones particularly oestrogen dominance, PCOS, (commonly prevalent in today’s society) can cause skin flare ups. I for one can relate to this. After being on the pill since I was 17 years old roughly 9 years, taking only a few breaks from it here and there. I decided I could no longer justify the negative ramifications for the convenience of swallowing the potential toxic poison on the daily. 3 years ago I decided to come off it, and boy did my skin break out! After attending to my hormones and implementing the above tips my skin cleared up almost immediately. I took a combination of two hormonal supplements to help with oestrogen dominance. My advice is to get tested and treat it. It will do wonders for your skin.
By Megan Maitland
NATUROPATH | NUTRITIONIST | BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE