Eat Well For Glowing Skin
Instead of focusing on what you slather on your skin, a team of experts are urging women, and men alike, to rather concentrate on what they are putting in their bodies.
Forget a fancy new moisturiser, they proclaim.
And instead embrace the notion that beautiful skin starts on your plate.
Vegetables such as carrots, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes contain particularly high levels of beta carotene, and other carotenoids, which give them their orange colour.
‘Beta carotene converts to vitamin A in our body, which is one of the most important nutrients for skin integrity – meaning the skin that is firm, resists damage and can heal quickly,’ Ms Wilkinson said.
‘Beta carotene itself may also help to prevent free radical damage to our cells that can result in ageing, as it works as an antioxidant.
‘The orange vegetables are delicious as a basis for stews and soups in the winter, or roasted with other vegetables such as peppers, red onions and beetroot.’
Berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackcurrants are excellent sources of vitamin C.
Nutritionist Cassandra Barns said: ‘This vitamin is vital for the formation of collagen, which gives our skin structure and elasticity.’
Furthermore, she explained, vitamin C is also an antioxidant, ‘protecting our cells from damage’.
‘Berries also contain many other plant nutrients that may work as antioxidants in the body, such as the quercetin, catechins and resveratrol,’ she said.
‘Another advantage of berries over most other fruits is that they are lower in sugar – a diet high in sugary foods can speed up skin ageing.
‘Berries are great added to plain yoghurt, with some chopped nuts – an ideal snack or breakfast option.’
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