Healthy skin goes beyond your skincare routine. It’s also about diet and supplements! It is so, so cold in Scotland right now that moisturiser isn’t going to cut it for keeping our skin hydrated through the winter.
What we consume affects the health, ageing and appearance of your skin and has a direct impact on how you look. Incorporating some of these foods will help you keep your skin healthy and glowing this winter!
Oats are a good source of the antioxidant selenium. It helps protect your cells from any damage that could lead to fine lines in the long run. Oats also contain prebiotics that fuel your body’s probiotics, boosting your overall immune system!
Fatty types of fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and trout have a lot of omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation, increase the production of new skin cells and keep your skin moisturised. It’s also a good source of zinc, protein and vitamin E.
With 100% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamins A, B2, B6 and B12, adding one sachet of our Beauty Powder to your daily routine is a quick and easy way to load up on the nutrients your skin needs to stay plump, hydrated and glowing this winter. With 5000mg of marine collagen peptides per serving, it helps to maintain and top up your natural collagen levels to keep skin firm and minimise fine lines.
Avocados are high in fats and vitamins C and E, which are important for healthy skin. Vitamin C especially helps produce collagen and protects the skin from oxidative damage from the sun and environment.
Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are generally good sources of skin-boosting nutrients. Walnuts are a good source of protein, selenium, essential fats, zinc and vitamin E. Vitamin E especially helps protect your cells and gives your skin a healthy glow. Sunflower seeds are packed with vitamin E! Pecans are also a good source of vitamins A and E, calcium, potassium and zinc. All of these antioxidants and minerals help promote glowing skin and boost immunity.
Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. This antioxidant helps protect your skin from UV rays. Meaning less sunburn, cell death and dry, wrinkled skin! High amounts of beta carotene might also add a warm, orange color to your skin, contributing to an overall glowing and healthier appearance.
Red and yellow bell peppers
Bell peppers are also high in beta carotene and vitamin C. 1 cup of chopped bell peppers provides 156% of the daily value of vitamin A and 211% of the daily value for vitamin C.
I LOVE broccoli and thankfully it is full of vitamins and minerals – but it’s mainly zinc and vitamins A and C that are important for skin health. It’s also a good source of the carotenoid lutein! Lutein helps protect your skin from oxidative damage, which can cause dry and wrinkled skin.
This is an easy one to add to your daily diet for obvious reasons! Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants. A study found that eating 20 grams per day could make your skin less sensitive to sunburn by helping it withstand over twice as much UV radiation before burning. It can also lead to better blood flow and thicker, more hydrated skin. I’m unsure if advent chocolate has the same effect but let’s assume it does :)
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes. It can help slow down your skin’s aging process by slowing down the production of harmful free radicals that damage your skin!