As our largest organ, our skin is often a reflection of our inner health and there is much we can do with our diet to support the ‘canvas’ that we put our beauty products onto.
Here are some of the key nutrients for skin health and the best foods you can eat to incorporate them into your holistic beauty regimen.
As always, we advocate buying the best quality ingredients you can get your hands on - from seasonal organically grown produce to organic meat and wild-caught sustainable fish.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are important for skin health, keeping skin moisturized and helping to prevent premature ageing. High levels of Omega 3 Fatty Oils can be found in:
- Fish fatty such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, sardines, anchovies
- Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil
- Chia seeds
- Certain fortified foods
Zinc regulates overall skin health, as well as helping with inflammation and cell regeneration. Zinc is also good for supporting immune health. Try the following foods:
- Baked beans
- Fortified cereals
- Pumpkin seeds
Since vitamin C is needed for collagen production, it is a vital vitamin for skin health. It also has antioxidant properties and can help with skin healing. Good sources include:
- Citrus fruits
- Bell peppers
- Tomato juice
Although Vitamin D is most effectively made in the body from getting daylight, the risks of excessive sun exposure are very well-known. To boost your Vitamin D production with food, try the following:
- Oily fish
- Egg yolks
- Fortified foods such as cereals and juices
Vitamin K helps blood clotting, helping the skin to heal wounds and bruises. As a result of these functions, it’s also thought to help certain skin conditions such as scars, dark spots and stretch marks. It is an increasingly common ingredient in topical beauty products, but it can also be found in the following foods:
Vitamin A is another important skin health vitamin that is often used topically. However it can also be found in a wide range of foods, including:
- Dairy and eggs
- Leafy green vegetables
Collagen gives skin its stretch and suppleness, and the natural reduction in collagen as we get older is the reason that we start to see wrinkles in ageing skin. It’s also important to note that Vitamin C is critical for collagen production, so make sure you’re getting enough of that, too!
- Bone broth (from organic, pasture-raised cows, bison or lamb)
- Fish and shellfish (though marine collagen supplements tend to have higher levels than the ‘meat’ of the fish, which has less collagen than the scales, head and eyeballs!)
CBG is another cannabinoid that has specifically been linked to skin health due to its neuro-protective, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. LUV CBG Tincture can be ingested or used topically on specific problem areas - making it a multi-tasking star addition to your beauty toolkit!