Consider your diet as an integral part of your skin care routine
In addition to any skin treatments you may use, as well as making sure you follow an age-appropriate skin care routine, a healthy complexion also needs to come from within.
The great news is that your diet really can have a positive effect on how your skin looks, including helping to stave off those dreaded wrinkles.
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that you will no doubt already be aware of for promoting good overall health; it is also one of the most important proteins for obtaining healthy skin. Good sources include oily fish, eggs, nuts and seeds.
This vitamin is the active ingredient found in many skin care creams, and for good reason too. Vitamin A is involved in the production of skin cells so its consumption will help to keep your skin looking its supple best. Liver is a fantastic source of vitamin A and you can also find it in eggs, whole milk and butter.
Beta-carotene is the plant form of vitamin A and so you will benefit from it in the same way. Colour is the key to this important nutrient – look out for dark greens and vibrant oranges such as kale, spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes.
Another skin cream stalwart is vitamin E, due to its ability to help the skin retain its moisture as well as inhibiting free radical damage. Free radicals are harmful to the skin as they breakdown collagen, which is vital in keeping the skin looking plump and youthful. Vegetable oils, avocadoes, wholegrains and sweet potatoes are all good sources of this vitamin.
Many vitamins and nutrients have anti-oxidant properties which help to reduce free radicals. Berries are a particularly good source, as is green tea.