Healthspan March 21, 2018

While we don’t recommend you start eating your cleansers, serums or moisturisers, there’s a remarkable similarity between the foods which are good for our skin health from the inside and the ingredients which our skin loves from the outside. Here’s how to treat your skin from the inside out…

Avocado

Avocadoes have enjoyed a surge in popularity over the last few years thanks to their skin-boosting properties. As well as being high in fatty acids which help to keep skin hydrated, supple and elastic, avocadoes also contain biotin, an important B vitamin which plays a major part in maintaining the health of our nails as well as our skin.

Enjoy the skin-boosting properties of avocado oil in the Soothing Foot & Heel Balm to nourish and regenerate the skin – and be sure to treat all around your toenails too! The balm also includes shea butter, sweet almond oil and allantoin, to aid skin repair, elasticity and hydration.

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are well-known for their high levels of omegas - in particular it’s important to get enough omega 3 and omega 6 to help the body’s anti-inflammatory processes, which are largely responsible for conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Sweet almond oil, blackcurrant seed oil and grapeseed oil all pop up within our Skin & Hair Care range because of their skin-nourishing properties. The blackcurrant seed oil in the Skin Nutrition Supplement helps to hydrate the skin from the inside out, while the topical use of sweet almond oil (used in the Replenish Body Butter, among other products) has a smoothing, softening effect, particularly on dry skin.

Fruit and vegetables

It’s no secret that fruit and vegetables are important for our overall health, but it is often forgotten how important they are for skin health too. The powerful antioxidants found in these colourful goodies help to protect the skin from free radical damage caused by pollution, sunlight and smoking (which cause age spots, uneven pigmentation and premature wrinkling) so we include them in skincare products too.

The Skin Brightening Facial Exfoliator uses papaya, rich in vitamin C and lutein (important for normal skin cell development and a healthy skin tone) to freshen up your complexion, while the Replenish Instant Skin Perfector employs orange and grapefruit oils for their vitamin C content.

Fancy a snack?

Treat your tastebuds and your skin with these quick, easy and skin-loving combinations…

  • A toast to apricots - top a piece of wholegrain toast with your favourite nut butter and sliced apricots for a snack rich in protein and vitamin A to help encourage healthy skin cell production.
  • Dark chocolate Brazil nuts - dip Brazil nuts into melted dark chocolate and chill in the fridge to harden for your fill of selenium and flavonols, which help protect skin from UV damage.
  • Oranges and almonds - chop up an orange and mix with natural yoghurt and flaked almonds to top up your levels of protein and vitamins C and E.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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