As I launch the maiden edition of my blog’s online magazine –
I am kick-starting with my first post, which is on nutrition.
Since good skin begins with good nutrition, then it is essential that we eat a well balanced diet enriched with vitamins. Nutrients that are great for the skin consist of Vitamins A,C,E. While Vitamin A helps prevent aging, Vitamin C promotes clarity and Vitamin E defends our skin against the environment. It is recommended that we eat five (5) fruits daily to help our skin; nonetheless, our skin needs a balanced diet of healthy combinations of vitamins, carbohydrates, protein and fat.
here is a break down:
VITAMIN A: These foods – mostly dairy foods and egg yolks – contain anti-oxidants that are needed for the growth and renewal of skin cells.
VITAMIN B: Eggs, liver and vegetables contain Vitamin B, which promotes skin exfoliation and firmness.
VITAMIN C: Mostly found in citrus, fruits and vegetables; and gives the skin structure, tone and elasticity. Vitamin C aids the production of collagen, which keeps the skin firm, as such, anti-aging.
BETA CAROTENE: This converts to Vitamin A once it gets into our bodies, as such, makes a good anti-oxidant for our skin. It also aids the growth and repair of our skin. Foods that are good source of beta carotene are apricots, carrots, mangoes, pumpkins.
VITAMIN D: This vitamin is credited with developing skin cells and can be found in dairy foods and egg yolk.
VITAMIN E: This is another source of anti-oxidant that protects our skin by maintaining the good health of our skin. You can get it in nuts, whole grains and vegetables.
FAT & OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS: Fat is not an enemy; in fact, your skin needs fat as it gives the skin suppleness, softness and shine. Omega 3 fatty acids maintain the cell membranes so they can be effective barriers to toxins. Rich sources of this class of food are oily fish, nuts, and seeds like pumpkin, sesame, amongst others.
SELENIUM: This is an anti-oxidant mineral that protects our skin against environmental damage such as the sun. It helps maintain the skin’s firmness and elasticity and you can find this mineral in tuna, crab, oysters, whole wheat, eggs, shrimps.
You must understand that opting to take this vitamins in pill form will not suffice; if you love your skin, you should create time to eat well. Our skin is the foundation to our beauty, and not makeup. Do not expect magic from makeup because even makeup needs a good canvass to work on. And remember too that whatever you put into your mouth goes a long way to effect your skin. So before you take a bite, pause to ask yourself, “how is this food helping my skin?”