Wouldn’t it be great if we could say that spots and acne outbreaks were something episodes that only teenagers experience? Well, think again. Although acne is very common in teenagers and younger adults, 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 will be affected by acne and 20% of women in their 20s and 30s get spots.
• In women, hormonal changes, such as those that occur during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy, or even Polycystic ovary syndrome
• In very young adults, changes in hormone levels during puberty.
• Poor hygiene
All that being said, as the popular saying goes, “You are what you eat”, and apart from the expensive skin clearing creams and lotions many of us women use, research shows that a few dietary changes could significantly improve the health and appearance of your skin.
The following foods and drinks have been recommended by nutritional therapists to ‘nourish your skin from the inside out’
One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges are not necessarily orange – some varieties are yellow or dotted with red. Types of oranges fall into one of two categories – bitter or sweet.
Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C, which is also a super antioxidant. It is needed for a strong immune system, radiant skin and helps blemishes heal properly.
The confusion about ‘fruit’ and ‘vegetable’ arises because of the differences in usage between scientists and cooks. Scientifically, the tomato is actually a fruit as it is fruit of the tomato plant, but it’s used as a vegetable in cooking.
Tomatoes are high in selenium which is a powerful antioxidant. It works alongside other antioxidants such as vitamins E and C and is essential for the immune system
Although it’s technically a fruit, like the tomato, the mild-flavoured avocado is used as a vegetable. Highly nutritious, avocados contain, iron, potassium and niacin.
Avocados are a great source of Vitamin E which protects skin from oxidative (cell) damage and supports healthy skin growth.
4. Green Tea
Popularly referred to as ‘the preferred drink of supermodels’, clinical evidence suggests that green tea is packed with health and beauty benefits that you can enjoy whether drinking it or applying directly to your skin
‘Green tea extract is naturally rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals – naturally occurring particles in the body associated with accelerated ageing and an increased risk of diseases.’
60 percent of our total body weight is made up of water. It is the body’s principal chemical component.
Water helps flush impurities out of the body, helps regulate body temperature, and carries nutrients and oxygen in the cells. It acts as a natural moisturizer to the skin, preventing it from drying out, helping to maintain its elasticity and giving it a general healthy, glowing appearance.
Staying hydrated is essential to your well-being. Nutritionists suggest we get in the habit of drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day (about 1.5 litres)
Fish is a great source of essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 and omega-6, which reduce inflammation in the body. EFAs are fatty acids that humans and other animals must ingest because the body requires them for good health but cannot manufacture them
The fish that contain the most EFAs are salmon, mackerel, and tuna
Broccoli is high in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. The vitamin E in broccoli protects skin membrane and guards against sun damage, while vitamin C aids collagen production and keeps skin healthy and supple.