Did you know it’s not just what you put on your skin that is important, but what you eat is just as important? So do your skin a favour and make sure you’re getting plenty of these skin-friendly nutrients into your diet.
Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant for the skin, assists in wound healing, and is required for collagen synthesis. Collagen improves the skin’s elasticity. The effects of vitamin C are enhanced when taken with vitamin E and zinc. Where to get it: Don’t just think of citrus as a source of vitamin C. Papaya, pineapple, strawberries and kiwi fruit are all good fruit sources, while broccoli, sprouts, cauliflower and capsicum are good veggie sources.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant essential for skin health. It has anti-inflammatory benefits and can help protect skin from environmental damage and so help minise signs of ageing. Where to get it: Spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocado are all good sources.
Selenium is an antioxidant that can help prevent against cellular ageing. It helps keep skin firm and elastic and can help prevent environmental damage to the skin. Where to get it: Brazil nuts are a ready source, and just 2 a day is all you need to give you what you need.
Beta-carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A. It is essential when repairing damage to the skin and offers protective effects against environmental damage. Where to get it: Best souces are orange and red fruit and vegetables, sweet potato, carrots, rockmelon (cantaloupe), dried apricots, red capsicum, papaya, mango, but also green leafy veg.