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Edible Skincare: Eat for the Glow

Roald Dahl once said “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”. But we like to think of this famous philosophy in terms of our dietary lifestyles: “If you eat nutritious foods they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you (and your skin) will always look lovely”.

Today, more than ever, the saying “you are what you eat” reminds the health-conscious among us to be aware of what we put into our mouths, but this phenomenon doesn’t only affect the size and shape of our bodies. It also has a serious impact on that clear, radiant, oh-so-dewey skin of ours.

Luckily, keeping your diet fresh and packed full of clean, nutrient-dense whole foods is a one way ticket for both your body and your skin to reap the benefits. So exactly which foods should you focus on so that your body can focus on this inside + outside nourishment? We’ve compiled the top ingredients to hydrate, repair, and plump your skin from the inside out, to get you rocking the Sakara GLOW in all it’s shining glory!

Next time you sit down at a meal, we urge you to look at it as an opportunity to indulge in some illustrious Edible Skincare. Potent, all-natural, and healing - lather it on thick.

The grocery store just became your new Sephora.

Vitamin C is a super antioxidant that helps produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the skin. It boosts the immune system, helps to clear blemishes and leaves skin looking radiant. The best sources are goji berries, blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes.

Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that works alongside other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E to boost the immune system. It also helps protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots. Spirulina is a great source of selenium as well as brazil nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, wheatgerm, tomatoes and broccoli.

Vitamin E protects skin from cell damage and encourages healthy skin growth. The best sources are almonds, avocado, hazelnuts, pine nuts and sunflower and corn oils.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the good fats that act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple, plump and more youthful looking. The best sources are hemp seedsavocados, fish, nuts and seeds. Olive oil is also an excellent source of monosaturated fat and studies have consistently proven its youth-boosting properties.

Lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes, improves skin’s natural SPF and stimulates circulation.

Manganese, carotene and potassium are all found in watercress, which help to make it a powerful cleansing agent, nourishing the skin while helping to flush out toxins and excess fluids in the process.

Omega-3 fats encourage the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help skin, particularly inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. The best sources are oily fish and plant sources such as chia seeds, flaxseed oil, linseeds, walnut and rapeseed oil. 

Anti-inflammatory herbs such as ashwaghandaturmeric, red pepper, ginger, cumin, fennel, rosemary and garlic are brilliant for tackling skin conditions such as psoriasis and consuming four or more herbs regularly is associated with up to a 60% reduced risk of melanoma, found a study in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Zinc not only helps to repair skin damage and keep skin supple, but is also involved in the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands in the skin (which produce oil). Studies have also shown a correlation between blemishes and low zinc-levels so make sure you’re getting enough to fight the zits! Fish, lean red meat, whole grains, poultry, nuts, seeds and shellfish are the best sources of zinc.

Betacarotene is found in pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes and the body turns this into Vitamin A, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Lutein, found in kale, papaya and spinach, is a potent antioxidant, important for normal skin cell development and healthy skin tone.

 

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