I am a true believer on focusing on what is going on inside of our body and that aesthetics should come later, whether that be in the gym or having glowing skin.
However, as I am getting older (and wiser…?) skin health is becoming more of a priority than before. So, I have teamed up with Vicki from VB Health to give you not only top tips on how to give your skin a helping hand with the power of food but also how to optimise your skincare regime.
Nutrition and Skin Care
Unfortunately, there is no miracle food when it comes to our skin nor is there any food to avoid. However, certain foods do contain vitamins and minerals that can contribute to healthy skin such as;
- Vitamin A – found in eggs, dark leafy veg and oily fish
- Vitamin C – found in citrus fruits and veg such as broccoli and sprouts
- Vitamin E – found in nuts, seeds, avocado Riboflavin – found in fortified cereals, cheese, liver and soy
- Selenium – found in brazil nuts, fish and seeds
A balanced diet is key, a wide variety of food can supply all the nutrients our body (and skin) needs including those above. I would always recommend a food first approach but if you need advice about supplements please seek advice from a professional.
Drinking enough fluids will play an important role in achieving healthy skin – aim for 6-8 glasses a day (more in warmer climates) water is always a preferred choice of mine personally but tea, coffee, fruit juice (150ml) all count to your fluid intake. And… fun fact if you are a chocolate lover, the British Dietetic Association state that dark chocolate provides antioxidants that can help protect your skin (in moderation of course!)
Skin Care Tips
The following content has been wrote by Vicki from VB Aesthetics
“I am all about healthy skin from the inside, so I think nutrition and hydration are an important part of skincare. How can we expect our skin to look good on the outside, if it’s not healthy and hydrated on the inside?!
My top tips that everyone should try to include in their skin care routine:
Cosmeceutical Products: If you want healthy skin on the outside, invest in good cosmeceutical skin products. Cosmeceutical products are allowed to penetrate the skin surface and reach the cells that they need to treat – cosmetic products can only sit on the surface. A simple way of telling if products are cosmeceutical or cosmetic is asking if they are available to buy ‘over the counter’ or ‘online’, if they are then they are cosmetic.
Exfoliation is a big must. It removes all the dead skin cells that build up on the skin’s surface making it appear dull and lifeless. It encourages the skin to turnover faster meaning that we have healthy fresh skin at the surface giving the skin a gorgeous glow. Just make sure your exfoliator isn’t too harsh.
SPF, SPF, SPF!! I cannot emphasise enough the importance of this. UVA is present in the environment through all seasons and ages our skin prematurely. I wear SPF 30 all winter and SPF 50 all summer. Sunscreen doesn’t have to be smelly and greasy, there’s now powders and ones with primer that makes it so much easier to protect.
If you have any specific questions please get in touch with myself or Vicki, we both take online consultations and would be happy to help! If you are local to Manchester, we practice out of Vicki’s beautiful clinic – VB Health so please pop in and see us when things get back to normal!