Here's how to support a glowing complexion, good skin health and elevate your daily self-care routine.
Dreaming of youthful luminous skin? The secret could lie in your kitchen. As science learns more and more about skin, it is becoming clearer that glowing skin is hugely impacted by how we fuel our bodies.
“Because digestive health shows up on our skin, nourishing it from the inside outcan help support a beautiful complexion,” explains WelleCo formulator Dr Simone Laubscher PhD. “Topical treatments are important because they treat the superficial layer or the epidermis area of the skin. However for longer lasting and more effective results consider treating the dermis and hypodermis internally.”
Plates at the ready, it’s time to fuel up.
Brussels sprouts, spinach and broccoli are rich in alpha lipoic acid (ALA), which holds an exceptionally high concentration of antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause ageing. ALA is one of the most powerful anti-aging compounds available. It is also an anti-inflammatory and decreases dark under-eye circles, reduces puffiness and redness, and minimises the appearance of wrinkles.
Increasing your leafy greens intake, as well as committing to a routine of 2 teaspoons of SUPER ELIXIR Greens daily, will get you on your way to serious glow. Formulated with skin-loving nutrients, including Horsetail extract, Dandelion and Silica, it helps balance the acidity in your skin and the alkalinity in your blood. When that balance is achieved, skin holds moisture and cells function properly which results in a radiant glow.
These berries may be small, but they are mighty when it comes to skin-loving benefits. The blueberry has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any fruit, which will not only keep you looking young and well-rested, but protects against memory loss, heart disease and cancer.
Preventing premature ageing, protecting skin against the damaging effects of the sun, rounding out any good salad – is there anything that the humble tomato can’t do? Tomatoes are high in Lycopene, an antioxidant that’s essential for any sun-lover to ward off skin damage. The body can best process Lycopene when tomatoes have been cooked or processed, so add in a hearty dose of tomato soup to your diet.
Full of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, walnuts fulfil one of your body’s nutritional needs that it is unable to produce on its own. These mighty acids work overtime to protect your cell membranes, and when your membranes are strong, nutrients can get in, but toxins and nasties cannot, and waste is effectively eliminated from the cells. Strong cell membranes also retain more water, which supports dewy-looking skin.
No need to confine these little luxuries to your pre-boudoir dinner – more than just an aphrodisiac, oysters contain plenty of Zinc which your body needs to produce the proteins that repair damaged tissues, including repairing damage caused by the sun, stress and free-radicals.
Salmon, sardines and anchovies contain high levels of Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) which protects skin by warding off deterioration of cell membranes that causes premature ageing. They also increase Acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that contracts your muscles under your skin, which assists in supporting a toned look, and all before your contour is even applied! Yes please.
Choline and Lutein are two key nutrients that are essential for skin health and eggs contain both of them. Choline helps to build up the fatty portions of cell membranes that create healthy, smooth skin, and regulate the B vitamin levels in our bodies which are necessary to produce proteins, collagen and elastin. Lutein also protects the elasticity of the skin and prevents damage.
The vitamin C content in the average red grapefruit is more than 100% of the recommended daily intake, making it fabulous not only for immunity, but also for your skin. This is because vitamin C helps to reverse skin damage caused by sun exposure and pollutants by stimulating the production of collagen, which causes new skin growth, reduces wrinkles and gives an overall glowier look.