7 foods to help improve your skin

An unhealthy diet can not only damage your metabolism and cause weight gain but may also lead to chronic health conditions including diabetes and heart disease. What’s more, your diet has a direct impact on your skin, contributing to conditions such as ageing or even acne. Skin conditions often have a domino effect on your self-esteem and quality of life.

It’s important to take care of your skin health and one of the most effective ways to do so is by looking at your daily diet to ensure you are getting the essential nutrients you need for skin protection.

These seven foods may help keep skin healthy, strong, and attractive.

1. Walnuts
Walnuts are particularly high in Omega 3, vitamin E and Zinc, all being essential in maintaining a healthy skin barrier to protect not only against inflammation but bacteria too. You will find fabulous ones available here: https://sallyanncreed.co.za/product/walnuts/

2. Omega-3 from Fatty fish.
The omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish are vital for reducing skin redness, acne and keeping your skin moisturised. Omega-3 fats are a good source of vitamin E (an antioxidant), zinc and protein which can make the skin less sensitive to the sun’s harsh UV radiation. Omega-3 deficiency can cause skin dryness and supplements may also fight autoimmune conditions which are known to affect the skin such as lupus and psoriasis and lupus. You will find ours here: https://sallyanncreed.co.za/product/the-omega-3-solution-fish-oil-softgels/

3. Avocado
The good fats from avocados help to keep your skin moisturised and flexible. Avo’s are rich in both Vitamin E and Vitamin C, both are fabulous for skin health. They even protect your skin from possible UV damage exposure.

4. Bell Peppers
Bell Peppers contain vitamin C which is important for your body’s own collagen production and will aid in skin elasticity. They are also an excellent source of the carotenoid beta-carotene that acts as a natural sunblock for one’s skin, protecting against cell damage, sunburn, skin cancer, dryness and wrinkles (not replacing sunblock of course!)

5. Dark chocolate
Cocoa is known to be rich in antioxidants that increase blood flow and hydrate the skin. Hooray! Enjoy our very own 70% dark chocolate!

6. Green tea
Every cup is filled with antioxidants and catechins which may protect skin from the onset of visible signs of ageing.

7. Pure Hydrolysed Collagen
Collagen is known to have many benefits for the skin including slowing down the rate at which fine lines may appear, helping your form new collagen, strengthening skin, improving elasticity and hydration! Make sure you are using pure hydrolysed collagen for the best skin health benefits. You will find ours available here: https://sallyanncreed.co.za/product/collagen-pure-hydrolysed/