I think it’s really important to feed the skin from within – it just makes perfect sense to me that we are what we eat, so best we eat well! While it is true that the skin is the last organ to gain nutritional benefits from our diet, it’s also true that skin or nail problems are often key indicators that we are deficient in certain nutrients.
Dry, flaky skin, dark circles under the eyes, acne, a sallow or grey colour to the skin and redness are indications that your internal nutrition needs a boost and that it’s time to step up your game with your diet and also consider supplementation. No matter how well you eat, it’s hard to get everything right from three meals a day isn’t it?
Omega 3 provides essential fatty acids for skin hydration and suppleness and are very helpful for those who suffer from dry skin, eczema or psoriasis, so it is a good idea to get plenty of healthy oils in your diet, with fish and oils or supplements.
About Health Lester’s Oil, $147.
Red Seal Ultimate Omega Oil, $11.50.
Blackmores Eco Krill, $28.95
Nordic Naturals Omega Woman, $50.80.
Collagen in the body begins depleting at around age 25, so by 40 years old, we will have lost a third of our collagen, which can cause the skin to wrinkle and sag. I take collagen supplements daily in order to try to boost my levels and hopefully – stay looking younger for longer.
GO Healthy Anti-Wrinkle Collagen Support, $70.
Imedeen Classic Skin Perfecting Formula, $99.
Radiance Ageless Beauty, $80.
Neocell Super Collagen +C Type 1&3, $54.
Antioxidants help to support the body’s defences against free radicals, which are the result of environmental factors such as exposure to cigarette smoke, pollution and UV rays. Most of us will be using skin care with topical antioxidants, but I think it pays to do a double whammy and make sure you are supplementing your antioxidants from within as well.
Lifestream AstaZan, $37.
Qsilica Colloidal Silica Capsules, $40.
Red Seal Vitamin E 400 IU, $15.50.
Nature’s Own Raspberry Vitamin C 500mg, $21.20.