A poor diet does more than just mess with your weight - it takes its toll on your skin, too. From dulling your complexion, causing breakouts, to potentially speeding up the ageing process, what goes into your body directly affects how your skin looks on the outside.
The secret to feeding your skin from the inside out is to opt for a balanced diet that covers a rainbow of foods. Here are some nutrient-packed heroes that will ensure your skin looks better, brighter and plumper.
The good fats you’ll find in this oily fish are great for skin. Salmon is rich in omega-3, which helps the body fight inflammation and collagen-attacking free radicals, and also boosts your skin’s own production of anti-inflammatory compounds to ease sensitive skin, eczema and psoriasis. Additionally, salmon is high in dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), which strengthens cell membranes in skin so wrinkles are less likely to form and skin appears more firm and toned.
Another food that’s packed with the good kind of fats - this time monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, avocados help improve skin hydration and elasticity for a smoother, more supple and healthier-looking complexion (that’s the monounsaturated at work). With the help of polyunsaturated fats and antioxidants like vitamins C and E, avocados also protect against skin sensitivity, inflammation, free radicals and sun damage.
Not a typical ‘food’ you’d find on your plate, marine collagen has become a popular ingredient in supplements - and for good reason. As the name suggests, marine collagen is a type 1 collagen, which is the collagen found in your body tissue (skin included). Collagen is key to healthy skin. This protein is responsible for keeping your skin strong, plump and firm, which let’s be honest, is something we all strive for. Every year, our bodies produce less collagen, so our diet needs to be supplemented to support collagen repair from within. Naturopathica Collagenix Beauty Shot 10000mg is Australia’s highest strength collagen shot and drinking one bottle of this delicious peach-flavoured liquid daily can help promote healthy collagen production so your skin looks younger, more radiant and nourished. rewards of a highly-concentrated dose of premium marine collagen, as well as a blend of zinc, biotin and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E.
Collagenix Beauty Shot contains hydrolyzed bioactive marine collagen peptides that are small in size with a low molecular-weight so they can be more easily digested, absorbed and distributed by the body.
The high concentration of beta-carotene in carrots (which is responsible for giving them their bright orange colour) is an excellent anti-ager. Our bodies convert beta-caretone into vitamin A, which is a top ingredient for healing skin and improving cell production and turnover for plump, renewed and glowing skin. And it decreases sebum production in skin, which means less breakouts.
Take your pick of the bunch, because all kinds of berries - blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries - are rich in skin-protecting antioxidants that shield the skin from the damaging effects of the environment, including the sun and free radicals. Despite their small size, they pack a mighty punch. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C to boost collagen production; blackberries boast a high concentration of anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing vitamin K; while blueberries are a good source of prebiotics, which improve digestion, your immune system and overall skin health.
If you suffer from sensitive skin, eating more Greek yoghurt may help. The good bacteria found in this type of yoghurt helps improve your gut health and reduce inflammation, which are two likely culprits of your skin sensitivity. Greek yoghurt is also high in a range of B vitamins, which can detox skin to decrease breakouts and improve skin clarity. Plus, it’s rich in lactic acid, which is ace at tightening skin and shrinking pores.