5 health hacks to look after your skin and maintain skin health
1. Eat foods packed with Anti -oxidants and Skin Vitamins- Highly coloured fruits and vegetables are rich in Vitamins A, C and B vitamins (including Biotin, B2 and B3)). Vitamin E helps protect cells from oxidative stress, the process associated with ageing cells and decay. In addition Vitamin C contributes to the formation of collagen to ensure that your skin is functioning healthily.
- Strawberries, Spinach, Citrus Fruits - Vitamin C (makes a great juice)
- Carrots, Squashes, Peppers - Vitamin A (makes a great soup)
- Eggs, Dark Green Leafy Veg - B vitamins (makes an easy omelette)
- Nuts, Seeds - Vitamin E (delicious sprinkled on yoghurt with fruit as a healthy snack or breakfast).
2. Other Foods to Eat to maintain skin health - Zinc and Silica also have a role to play. Did you know silica is a natural source of Silicon and an important component of hair skin and nails?
- Good food sources of Silica include Banana’s & Oats (Porridge with bananas & honey makes a delicious breakfast).
- Prawns, Mushrooms, nuts, seeds - all rich in Zinc which helps keep skin healthy.(Prawn and mushroom stir fry with chopped cashews is an fabulously easy supper)
3. Get More Sleep. According to the NHS one in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed. It can seriously impact on your appearance and has been linked to how tiredness may make you less attractive to others. Improving your bedtime ritual may help….
- Remove screen time at least an hour before sleep.
- Take a relaxing bath scented with Lavender oil.
- Make sure your bedroom is a relaxing sanctuary with a good quality mattress and pillows.
4. Drink More Water- How much is enough?? The jury is out on whether 8 glasses a day will improve skin health but according to a recent study in 2015 shows that a higher water intake in regular diet might positively impact normal skin physiology, in particular in those individuals with lower daily water consumptions.
- Start the day with a pint of water kept by your bed.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables which are high in water content.
- Restrict caffeinated drinks during the day which are diuretics and replace with herbal teas or chicory coffee which are naturally caffeine free.
5. Skin Supplements- Depending on your skin type, age or condition you may feel a supplement is a good idea to help maintain a radiant looking skin. Ensure it has the appropriate vitamins and minerals that we have talked about above. For more guidance and advice visit Wassen.com the mineral experts who have formulated Silica - Ok especially for healthy skin, nails and hair.