Maintaining healthy and happy skin requires more than just cleansing, moisturising and sunscreen – what you consume also impacts its health. If you nourish your skin from both inside and out, you will benefit.
Here are some of the vitamins and minerals that are particularly good for your skin:
Vitamins C and E
Vitamins C and E aid your skin by reducing any damage caused by free radicals – the results of sunlight, smoke, and pollution. Free radicals destroy collagen and elastin, which support skin structure, resulting in wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
Foods containing vitamin C include citrus fruits and vegetables such as bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens. Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, and asparagus.
Insufficient levels of vitamin A will result in a dry, flaky complexion as it is needed for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue.
You can find this vitamin in foods such as carrots, sweet potato, kale, spinach and apricots.
Vitamin B complex
The most important B vitamin for the skin is biotin, a nutrient that forms the basis of hair, skin and nail cells. A lack of biotin will result in dermatitis – an itchy skin reaction – or even hair loss.
This vitamin can be found in many foods including bananas, eggs, oatmeal, and rice. Additionally, your body also makes some biotin on its own.
Zinc is a skin-friendly mineral that can help improve acne. For those suffering from this skin condition, zinc will work to clear the skin by reducing oil production and controlling the formation of acne lesions. Zinc can even reduce the appearance of existing acne damage.
Food sources of zinc include oysters, lean meat, and poultry.
This mineral works to protect the skin from sun damage and reduces your chance of burning when in the sun.
The best dietary sources of selenium include whole-grain cereals, seafood, garlic, and eggs.
To discuss the health of your skin and find a solution tailored to your needs, book a free consultation with our specialist nurse.