Let’s face it; there is no secret here. If you want clear, radiant skin that is strong enough to resist environmental stressors and ages well, you need to give it some TLC!
Health and lifestyle are the first port of call when treating your skin. A diet filled with nourishing, healthy, natural foods will allow your skin and your body to thrive. Conversely, one packed with sugars, artificial ingredients, and trans fats will negatively affect the skin (and your body). We can’t dispute these facts. Research has shown that a diet rich in powerful antioxidants, leafy greens, citrus fruits, omega 3 and low in processed, high sugar foods can protect your skin from dehydration, sun damage, compromised blood flow and even some skin cancers.
So, let’s find out which foods need to be on your shopping list and the nutrients they provide for skin brimming with health.
What types of food increase skin health?
A diet that follows in the footsteps of the healthy food pyramid is the answer to long-term, overall health. The skin, in particular, desires powerful antioxidants, essential fatty acids and an array of vitamins and minerals.
Here are some top nutrient-rich foods to incorporate into your daily diet:
- Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli are jam-packed with iron, Vitamin C and B. They are also anti-inflammatory which is a must for keeping skin calm.
- Orange and yellow citrus fruits and vegetables such as capsicums, oranges, apricots and carrots. These are rich in Vitamin C and carotenoids.
- Fruits such as blueberries, cranberries, and kiwis are high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
- Lentils, nuts, seeds and beans contain a myriad of nutrients, including iron, zinc and B vitamins.
- Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are full of B vitamins, iron and zinc. They are also rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids vital for hydrated, supple skin.
When we make healthy food choices and include fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, well-sourced meats and seafood in our diet, we provide our bodies with Vitamin C, B complex, zinc, iron, and collagen, to name a few. These nutrients have an amazing effect on our overall health, as well as the health of our skin.
What are the skin benefits of eating nutrient-rich foods?
Imagine this, just by tweaking your daily diet, you can have a significant impact on the health and appearance of your skin (not to mention your overall health)!
Here are some of the skin-tactic benefits you will reap:
- Skin health is nurtured:
Zinc has an antioxidant effect on the body by preventing the formation of free radicals. In addition, vitamin B complex supports a healthy stress response in the body which helps to protect skin health.
- Skin elasticity is protected and improved:
Foods containing collagen have a positive impact on skin elasticity. Goodbye wrinkles, hello firm, smooth skin!
- Skin hydration is supported:
Seasonal changes can wreak havoc on the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Low humidity in winter and harmful UV rays in summer are quick roads to dehydrated skin! Increasing your essential fatty acids and collagen intake will help to boost skin hydration
- Collagen formation continues for longer:
Collagen forms the building blocks for all cell growth. It is in your muscles, membranes, hair and nails. Collagen hydrates the skin and boosts skin elasticity, keeping it firm and plump. As we age, the body’s ability to produce collagen reduces dramatically, which is why skin starts to sag and wrinkles set in. By incorporating more collagen into our diet as we age, the body can maintain optimum levels and keep skin younger and healthier. Food rich in vitamins and minerals goes hand in hand with how our body creates and protects collagen. Vitamin C helps to strengthen collagen, zinc is essential to forming collagen, and iron metabolises collagen.
- Fine lines and wrinkles decrease
Another win for collagen!! Consuming foods rich in collagen is your answer to a smoother complexion.
- Skin repair and healing are improved
Zinc is an incredible mineral needed in all phases of cellular repair and wound healing. In addition, zinc is a must for overall skin health.
GERnetic Is Holistic Skincare
Here at GERnetic, we believe that treating the skin holistically is the key to long-term skin health. This means we treat the external skin with nutrients and healthy natural ingredients to nourish and heal. But, we also understand the need to maintain a lifestyle that meets the skin’s needs. This includes eating well, sleeping, exercising, removing anything toxic to the skin, and managing stress.
GERnetic is often referred to as the healthy food pyramid for your skin. Dr Albert Laporte, who created the innovative skin care range, based the concept on the ability of the body to restore its health and harmony when its cells receive accurately measured essential active ingredients. He established that many skin complaints are the result of nutritional deficiencies at a cellular level. GERnetic was created to replace those missing nutrients and help the skin to regenerate and repair itself. Packed with vitamins, trace elements and amino acids, GERnetic skin care is the superfood for your skin.
Pair a healthy lifestyle and a nourishing diet with innovative skin care products, and you have the answer to healthy, radiant, age-defying skin.