If you want glowing, healthy and clear skin, the old saying 'you are what you eat' has never been truer. What you put inside your body is what you get out!
The wonderful ladies at SkinPhd Queenswood Quarter have recommended 5 foods that you should definitely add to your diet over the next 3 weeks during lock-down, which will help keep your skin in tip-top condition.
The ladies at SKinPhd Queenswood say, “It is especially important over the next few weeks not to let the lock-down get the better of you by eating unhealthy foods that may affect your skin, or skimping on your skincare routine because you no longer need to implement your regular daily work routine. A few days of eating unhealthy junk food, can cause weeks of havoc on the skin's overall health.”
Here are 5 foods that are vital for skincare health that boost elasticity, collagen and overall health.
Oranges and Pawpaw
Oranges and pawpaw both contain a large amount of vitamin C which is a super antioxidant that your skin needs daily. It is needed to promote radiant skin and help blemishes heal properly. It is also needed to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply nutrients to the skin.
Avocado or Almonds
Both these delicious ingredients supply the skin with Vitamin E. Vitamin E protects skin from oxidative (cell) damage and supports healthy skin growth. Avocados also contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which provide essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple and improving elasticity.
Chia seeds for oily fish
Make sure you get enough omega-3 and omega-6 fats in your daily food intake. These are essential fatty acids which mean they cannot be made in the body and must be obtained through the diet. Omega-3 fats encourage the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, which may help inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Lean red meat and chicken
Lean red meat and chicken offer the skin an important nutrient – Zinc. Zinc is involved in the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands in the skin (which produce oil) and will assist in repairing skin damage and keep your skin soft and supple. Vegetarian options include wholegrain, nuts and seeds.
Water water water
Although not technically considered a food, this may be one of the most important daily intake elements to maintaining healthy skin. Skin needs moisture to stay flexible and elastic. Even the slightest bit of dehydration will cause your skin to start to look dry, tired and flaky. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day, and always keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
“If you’re the type of person who suffers terribly from acne, we suggest you try cutting back on saturated and hydrogenated fats found mainly in margarines and processed foods, as well as food high in sugar. Eat more raw vegetables, wholegrains, fresh fruit and fish. We also suggest that when the lockdown is over, you pop by SkinPhd Queenswood for a 'Skin Perfect Deep Cleanse'. This facial in particular helps treat impure skin. It includes steam, extractions and our new bio-technology Brightening mask to soothe the skin.” - says SkinPhd Queenswood.
Situated in Queenswood, Pretoria, their salon offers a wide variety of beauty treatments from massages and waxes to advanced facials and aesthetic beauty treatments. Apart from their wide variety of beauty treatments, they also offer a variety of nail services, from pedicures to manicures and nail enhancements.
Once the lock-down is over, we'll definitely be popping by!
* All health content is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact your local health care provider.