As much as we resist or deny it, we all age and so does our skin. The damage accumulated from the sun gradually causes wrinkles and age spots. Other than the sun and our aging process, bad or strong products, harmful chemicals, as well as poor nutritional habits further the damage to our skin.
This is a quick guide to help you increase your nutritional intake as part of your objective to achieve clear complexion, proper skincare, and overall wellbeing.
Similar to vitamin C and E, selenium is a powerful antioxidant. It is very essential for your immune system. On top of this, studies have shown that selenium helps reduce the chances of skin cancer, UV damage, and age spots. Broccolis, tomatoes, Brazilian nuts, etc are a few good sources of Selenium.
We all know there are good fats and bad fats. Polyunsaturated and Monounsaturated fats provide extremely important fatty acids, which help moisturize your skin and keep it supple. These fats can be found in avocados, nuts, seeds, and oily fish.
Phyto estrogens are natural chemicals. Structurally, they are quite similar to the female hormone, estrogen. These can be found in fruits, flax seeds, wholegrain, and fiber. They help keep the hormones in balance and prevent excess oil, hormonal acne, and eczema.
Sebaceous glands in the skin are responsible for producing oil which helps repair skin damage, keeping skin soft, and supple. Foods rich in zinc such as lean red meat, whole grains, nuts, shell fish, poultry, fish, etc, help in the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands.
Omega 3 and 6
Getting enough omega 3 and 6 fats is extremely important, as they aren’t made inside the body and must be obtained through diet. Such fats are essential for your skin because of their anti-inflammatory compounds. These compounds help skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Such fats can be found in oily fish, flaxseed oil, linseeds, rapeseed oil, and walnuts.
After you’ve made the healthy changes to your life, don’t expect the results to occur overnight. It takes our skin at least six weeks to emerge to the surface, so the benefits wouldn’t be visible immediately. Therefore, stick to the new diet and see how you achieve a flawless, clear complexion and perfect hair care.