Who doesn’t want healthy, vibrant looking skin? Healthy skin is more than just the products we use on our skin. The foods we consume and the lifestyle habits we adopt also contribute significantly to how our skin looks and feels. Everyone's skin is unique, but there are a number of things we can all do to support and encourage positive skin health.
So, first, let’s talk about how the foods we consume can affect our skin health and how we can improve the overall condition and appearance of our skin. While reaching for miracle creams and potions when you have skin issues can seem like the logical thing to do, nutrition (aka what you eat) is one of the best ways to support skin health from the inside-out.
Your skin is your largest organ and the one that is often most reflective of what is going on inside. The food you eat, and subsequently your digestion of those foods, can impact the way your skin looks and feels. Acne, poor scar healing and rashes, to name a few, can be signs that your body isn't getting the nourishment and care it needs.
Some skin issues are complex and may require exploration by a specialised professional. However, there are specific foods that are known to support skin health due to their skin-loving nutrient profile.
8 skin-loving foods to support healthy, nourished and vibrant skin!
Water - Water isn’t technically food, but none-the-less it makes it to the top of the list when talking about skin health. Your entire body requires water to function and skin is no exception. Drinking water at every occasion between meals supports healthy, nourished and vibrant skin directly as well as indirectly such as through digestion and circulation.
Berries - Free radicals and antioxidants are terms that you’ve likely heard floating around the health arena. When the balance of free radicals and antioxidants within our body is out (often as a result of exposure to toxicity or poor nutrition) ageing can occur more rapidly. Berries are rich in antioxidants that can help protect your cells from damage from free radicals. Add a handful of berries to your smoothie or pair with nuts and seeds for a delicious snack.
Almonds - Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and as discussed above antioxidants can help protect cells from the damage free radicals cause. Almonds are also a good source of fibre, important for healthy digestion and gut health. From a skin perspective, look for raw almonds that still have their skin intact as the antioxidants are largely found in the brown skin. Snack on a small handful of almonds between meals or add a glass of homemade almond milk to your day.
Did you know - Almond Oil is a staple ingredient in both MooGoo and MooGoo Makeup products.
Citrus - Vitamin C is another valuable Vitamin that supports skin health by protecting the skin from oxidative stress. Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges are a delicious way to add Vitamin C to your day, but Vitamin C is also widely found in a number of fresh fruits and vegetables. Add lemon juice to your daily water or smoothies for an easy boost of Vitamin C.
Avocado - Avocados are a rich source of vitamins and essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body, therefore, it is essential (just like their name) that you eat foods that naturally contain these healthy fats. The fatty acids in avocado help your skin produce a natural oil barrier, keeping it hydrated and more youthful in appearance.
Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin etc) - Seeds are another source of the all-important essential fatty acids. Some people find seeds less dense and easier to digest than nuts, therefore seeds are often the perfect way to consume healthy fat. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of seeds over your meals before eating or enjoy a mix of seeds and goji berries.
Oats - Oats, another source of essential fatty acids as well as compounds that can help reduce inflammation. They also contain vitamin E, one of the most talked-about Vitamins when it comes to promoting youthful skin. Oats naturally contain phytic acid, which can combine with some of the essential minerals in our intestine and block their absorption (which over time may lead to mineral deficiencies).
Our Lifestyle Choices
Our lifestyle choices also play a big role in our glowing complexion’s. Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought your skin just looks ‘dull’? That’s because poor blood circulation or lack of oxygen can lead to your skin looking lifeless. With the increasing amount of desk jobs and great Netflix series' to binge-watch, it’s very easy to become in-active, so it helps to stay on top of this. We aren’t saying you need to spend your life savings on some new activewear and become a gym junky. A simple 15-minute walk outdoors will help get that blood flowing, allow your skin to soak up some fresh air and some vitamin D (just don’t forget your SPF!) and your skin can be more radiant in no time.
Opting for a healthy lifestyle can greatly help your skin health, and so can using natural mineral makeup like ours. Small choices like these can go a long way when it comes to your skin health.