What you put into your body definitely shows through how you look on the outside. We all know how important it is to feed our skin from within with nature’s superfoods to nourish our body with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants but what exactly are the nutrients that our body needs to keep skin cells functioning and boost elasticity? Here are 5 nutrients to restore and maintain radiant, healthy skin.
Collagen is the general term for structural proteins in the skin. A collagen-based diet essentially just means foods that improve your skin and beauty. As we age our collagen production decreases and this leads to ageing and hair loss. By incorporating collagen into our diet, the body can maintain optimum levels and keep skin younger, healthier, visibly plump and firm. You can find collagen in fish, egg whites, citrus fruits, bone broth, cashews and so many more delicious foods!
If you are struggling with the amount of collagen intake you can opt for a collagen supplement, which can easily be incorporated into your daily diet. A supplement that we highly recommend and stock at La Peau is Vita-Sol’s ‘Collagen Boost’.
Vitamin C is arguably the powerhouse of health benefits. It’s a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin from free radicals which causes stress, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne, just to name a few. Levels of vitamin C in the skin drastically decline with age and when exposed to UV light and environmental pollution and it is one of the top reasons for premature skin ageing. If you struggle to include Vitamin C nourishing foods such as coloured vegetables and lemons and limes in your diet, Medik8 has a range of Vitamin C skincare products that work to brighten and smooth your complexion.
You can find Beta-Carotene typically in richly coloured plants and foods and it’s full of antioxidant properties. You’ll find beta-carotene used in maturing skincare products. Research has shown that the nutrient helps maintain skin health and appearance and protects the skin against UV radiation from the sun. Therefore, reducing visible ageing. The richest sources of beta-carotene are yellow, orange, and green leafy fruits and vegetables
Curcumin (which is the main active compound in turmeric) has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help support the skin by combating oxidative stress. Curcumin or turmeric will help your skin look fresher. You can find turmeric in Vita-sol’s ‘Flexibility’ powder. The delicious mild vanilla chai blend can be added to water, milk, smoothies or added to food.
Zinc assists antioxidants by preventing new free radicals from damaging the skin and essentially preventing wrinkle formation at the molecular level. It strengthens the cell membranes and brings new youthful cells to the surface. Here are some foods that contain zinc! Red meat, shellfish, legumes, nuts, and whole grains.
One of the key ingredients in Medik8’s ‘Physical Sunscreen’ is Zinc Oxide. Which helps with broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Perfect for daily protection and rich in antioxidants, the innovative sunscreen is reinforced with anti-pollution, anti-infrared, and anti-glycation technologies to shield skin from environmental aggressors to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.