Food can make a significant difference to skin health and by understanding how skin is made and what nutrients help maintain its health, we can help reduce daily skin issues such as acne, rosacea and eczema.
Skin is the largest organ in the body – and it plays a huge role in helping us to eliminate toxins and waste. This is why an overworked liver is also often associated with skin issues, as it is our detoxification organ.
The epidermis is made up of 4 or 5 layers that protect us from toxins as well as repelling water. Skin cells are made deep down in the epidermis so any issues may not show for 4-5 weeks as new cells are pushed up to the top.
The dermis is the layer below the epidermis and it is here that the skin’s collagen is stored. Collagen is the main protein in connective tissue and the formation of it relies on vitamin C, which is probably the most important nutrient for skin health.
Many skin issues are also related to inflammation and allergies, which is where foods with anti inflammatory properties would be beneficial: nuts, seeds and their oils, oily fish, avocados as well as avoiding saturated fats from fried food and high fat dairy products.
Vitamins A is also a great antioxidant nutrient for skin health – along with Vitamin C it protects us from invaders. Zinc is also an antioxidant, as are carotenoids. Essential fatty acids help reduce inflammation and also nourish the skin. Probiotics strengthen immunity by maintaining gut health.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, oily fish, yoghurt, miso, kiwi fruit, nuts, seeds, avocados and their oils are all foods recommended to provide us with healthy, glowing skin. And don't forget water, water, water!! Try to drink at least 1.5 Litres per day.