Skin food: what to eat for a gorgeous glow
Being our largest and fastest growing organ, our skin reflects our inner health. Think about it, when you’re in the midst of your annual winter cold or you’re just feeling a little under the weather, aside from delightful symptoms such as a dripping nose or raspy cough, it’s your skin that’s the real tell-tale sign that you’re unwell.
Eating right and getting your essential vitamins and minerals plays a huge part in our health and skin’s wellness, but we know it can be tricky to make sure we intake all-the-goodness when we’re busy, on the go…and with so many naughty alternatives out there!
We preach that you should love the skin you’re in, and that feeling good and looking comes from within… and as firm believers of practising what we preach, we’ve put together a skin food guide. Covering all the vitamins and foodstuffs essential for beautiful skin, in quick and simple superfood snacks.
It’s hard to be good all the time, but the working week is a great time to get prepped and get into a wellness eating routine.
Snacking for sublime skin? Oh, go on then!
Vitamin C is key for producing collagen, a protein that gives our skin its firmness and strength1, and luckily for us, vitamin C can be found in oh-so-many yum foods – meaning that getting your vitamin C intake can be done so easily… and deliciously!
Berries are a jam-packed source of vitamin C and such a quick and easy addition to your diet. So give your skin a head start with a breakfast bowl brimming with vitamin C with a berry oats smoothie. Taking just 5 minutes to make, this is a great one to take with you while you’re on the go, and it really couldn’t be easier. Check out Crème de la crumb’stwo-stepp recipe and get glowing.
Vitamin A works at increasing the bodies blood flow by stimulating the dermis layer of your skin, promoting a healthy cellular membrane and healing properties2. Available in abundance in mid-morning, snack-style foods that keep you going until lunch.
Veggies like carrots, sweet potato and belle peppers are great sources of vitamin A, so why not try dipping your veggies into a roasted carrot and garlic hummus for double the vitamin A boost. Chop up your veggies and make a batch of hummus ready to take to work with you – a simple and healthy snack solution.
An antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin, vitamin E is a skin food must for moisture-full skin! Vitamin E works to neutralize free radicals before they have time to damage collagen and cause skin dryness3. We’re thinking an easy lunchtime go-to packed with vitamin E is in order.
Spinach and avocado salad is a flavour combination and vitamin E winner. A quick and simple Nigella favourite, again just two steps, toss together your spinach leave and avocado flesh and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, groundnut oil and the zest and juice of 1 lime.
Vitamin K helps protect our skins elasticity4, and our skin’s elasticity keeps our skin looking its best. Found in all things green, let’s throw together some gorgeous green goodies for a vitamin K kick!
For a speedy, vitamin K packed supper, kale pesto is your answer. You guessed it, in two simple steps and a handful of ingredients you’ve got yourself a versatile vitamin K-full sauce for snaking on with crackers or mixing through with zucchini noodles – it’s delicious and delightful for your skin.
There are 8 types of vitamin B, and it’s vitamin B2 that helps look after our skin’s health5, found in milk and yoghurt products – getting your B-fix before bed makes perfect sense.
We (along with the rest of Australia) are loving the health-boosting benefits of turmeric, with it’s own skin supporting properties, combining with vitamin B rich almond milk, makes the turmeric latte our before bed beverage of choice.