🥑EAT YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER LIFE. 🥦
SKIN AND HAIR HEALTH
Key vitamins: B vitamins, selenium, copper and zinc.
Key foods: whole grains, meat, eggs, legumes, beans, tuna.
According to Mintel, British women spent a total of £1.15 billion on skincare products in 2017 and this figure continues to rise.
This implies that the public are concerned with skin health and are constantly trying to find ways to improve their complexions, but actually a balanced diet alongside high quality skincare could be the answer they’ve been waiting for.
Your skin is a sensitive organ that protects all the other organs and cells in the body from external aggravants like pollution, bacteria and environmental irritants.
Sebum, also referred to as the acid mantle, is a natural oil that covers the skin’s surface and it exists to protect the skin from damage caused by the sun, the wind and by dehydration.
It also helps to prevent bacterial growth thanks to its surface pH of 5.5.
Unfortunately pH can easily become unbalanced and sometimes harsh cleansers and heavily fragranced skincare products can be the cause.
Skin-loving nutrients to add to your menu include biotin, niacin, vitamin A, iodine, riboflavin and zinc – all these contribute to the maintenance of normal skin.
Most of these are B vitamins and B vitamins can be found in whole grains, meat, eggs and legumes. Vitamin C is also important since it contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin.
Collagen diminishes with age and collagen loss can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, so you definitely want to consume as much vitamin C as possible.
To enhance your beauty further, turn to copper, selenium and zinc. Copper contributes to normal hair (and skin) pigmentation; selenium contributes to the maintenance of normal hair, and both selenium and zinc contribute to the maintenance of normal nails.
Selenium foods include mushrooms, beans and tuna while nuts, seeds and dark chocolate will provide you with copper.