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All of us dream of glowing skin. And of course why wouldn’t you. The beauty industry is worth billions of dollars thanks to this quest for eternal youth, blemish free skin and glow. But while we’re happy to fork out cash on the next cream or lotion, have you ever thought about the food you eat having a big role to play? That’s right, there is such a thing as food for glowing skin. There’s more to it than just food though and that deserves a mention: environment and genetics. These two have a big big role in skin health. More on that below.
Food for Glowing Skin: Can you eat yourself beautiful?
No matter your skin goal, the right diet can be incredibly valuable; treating acne, reducing wrinkles, warding off ageing or just fighting a skin condition like rosacea are all connected to the food you put in your mouth.
The key focal point when it comes to diet is toxins and nutrients:
Toxins are defined as substances that cause harm to organisms. Toxicity can affect body, mind and spirit. They are foreign to the body and come from external sources (exotoxins) or internal sources (endotoxins). When it comes to diet & lifestyle, we are talking about exotoxins and the list here is long:
- Food additives
- Exhaust fumes
- Combustion by products
- Agricultural chemicals
- Cleaning products
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Recreational drugs/alcohol
- Storage and cooking vessels
- Natural toxins
What do toxins do in the body?
- Interrupt information exchange and cell signalling
- Damage cell structure, especially plasma membranes and mitochondria by inducing free radical formation.
- Change the structure of enzymes – An enzyme is a protein which is capable of initiating a chemical reaction. If you change the structure, you kill this ability. Example: Cadmium from cigarette smoke has a similar chemical structure to zinc so it can take zinc’s place as a cofactor on the enzyme. This deactivates zinc-dependant enzymes.
Key takeaway – the goal is to try to avoid as many of these toxins as possible. Sure our body has clever ways of dealing with toxins via natural detoxification pathways controlled namely by the liver. But surely it’s better to try and minimise the load?
Nutrients are key to all functions in the body. At the heart of it all is the cell – we eat food, it gets broken down, it enters the blood and gets sent to our cells for repair and optimal function. The toxins are then disposed of.
Key takeaways: Your aim should be to follow a way of eating that incorporates balance, maximal colours and seasonal variety. Of course, this means a lot of plant-powered energy in the form of vegetables, fruits, herbs and whole plants sources of protein and fats. This will all help to increase number and variety micro nutrients which can then maximise the health of your cells.
Food for Glowing Skin: Almonds
- Almonds are rich in vitamin E: which can be of great benefit to your skin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which helps to prevent cell damage and protect skin from the sun’s rays.
- Healthy fats: Almonds are a good source of monounsaturated fat which helps to keep skin hydrated. Eating more monounsaturated fat is also good to reduce inflammation and help with problems like acne, blackheads and oily skin.
- A great source of energy: Almonds contain good levels B vitamins like by biotin, riboflavin and niacin. Biotin is needed to maintain healthy fatty acids in the skin that keep it soft and supple. Without enough biotin in your diet from foods like almonds, your skin can become dry, flaky and easily irritated.
- Minerals: Copper helps to fight free radical damage and premature ageing.
- The super snack! Rich in healthy fat, protein, nutrients and minerals like magnesium, copper, manganese and phosphorous, almonds are a great food of choice when it comes to skin health. Not only that, but in being an easy and satiating food, it also makes for a great replacement at snack time to conventional junk food! This means less toxins from processed food!
More Food for Glowing Skin
- Turmeric: anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals. Curcumin, has shown to be one of the most effective anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting options out there
- Spirulina: a rich source of protein but also antioxidant and minerals for a clear complexion.
- Lime: Limes are rich in vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, Choline, Phosphorus, and Betaine. You can use it topically to help reduce dark spots and acne or take in as part of your diet to get the full benefit of the aforementioned nutrients to your cells.
- Tomatoes: The phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, lycopene, helps boosts collagen strength. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its youthful structure.
- Avocado: Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, avocados are also a good source of fats also helps you absorb many of the fat-soluble vitamins.
Environment and Genetics
The food we eat, the environment, our stress levels, thoughts, infection, injury and inflammation all affect the expression of our genes and our state of health. But genetics are like a loaded gun. It’s pulling the trigger that matters. Whether these genes ever get ‘turned on’ is up to your environment:
- City Living: Over the years, air quality has changed due to increasing pollution and changes in the ozone layer, meaning our skin is now exposed to more and more different chemicals. City living especially can force our skin to deal with daily pollutants. While our skin cells have built-in repair mechanisms, constant exposure can eventually drive us to a level beyond one that our skin can fight off.
- Smoking: an obvious and long proven point that smokers get more wrinkles than non-smokers. They are also more subject to premature ageing.
- UV exposure: Even on a cold winter day, the sun’s rays can be harmful to our skin. Infrared rays are highly penetrating and can go quite deep into the skin’s structure, creating damage to key components of skin that are necessary for providing support and firmness.
- Creams and lotions: This might sound counter-intuitive but actually, using creams and lotions can do more bad than good. The average female uses 12 different products on her skin daily. But do you really know what is in your creams? Sure it claims anti-ageing, clarifying, beautifying….but read the ingredients and try to make sense of them? So many of these creams contain long lists of ingredients, many of which are questionable or totally unnecessary. Figures vary but someone who uses a wide range of beauty products could have potentially anywhere from 175-500 chemicals in their blood-stream by the time they go to bed. What you can do instead is look to natural brands or even DIY products but keep in mind, Natural does not mean natural and organic does not always mean toxin free.
Food for Glowing Skin: The Beauty Snack
Combining the best of anti-ageing ingredients, the raw almond beauty snack is truly a thing of beauty! It’s is the ultimate food for glowing skin.
“We are a huge fan of everything that can contribute to graceful ageing. We also noticed that too many almond snacks on the market were coated in chocolate. There was an obvious gap for savoury version of this delightful gift from mother earth!”
Our beauty snack won an award this month – The GOLD Janey Loves Platinum Award.
To celebrate, we are offering a 10% discount on the beauty snack all this week July 28th – August 3rd. Go grab it quick, before we run out!