Skin Food

There’s a reason why ‘you are what you eat’ has been said so many times that it’s become a bit of a cliché: because it’s true. Your skin relies on the right nourishment to stay healthy – it’s relying on you to provide it. While the cosmetics industry is currently focused on beauty treatments, packing creams, make up, cleansers, and more with vitamins, minerals and other nutraceuticals, it won’t make much of a difference unless you’re feeding skin from within.   Sadly, the food on our plates today is just not the same as that which our grandparents were blessed with. Studies carried out in the United Kingdom and the United States of America indicated a major decline in fruit and vegetable nutrient content since the 1950s. Intensive farming methods designed to boost crop yields result in lower quantities of nutrients found in produce. What’s more, the time and methods used to get food onto our tables further decreases nutrient content.   Following a review study of research trials carried out between 1966 and 2001, a recommendation was made by the American Medical Association, that all adults should take multivitamin and –mineral supplements. This doesn’t replace a healthy diet – it helps to cover the bases.   The best foods to go for? Anything that’s bright or dark, and colourful (naturally). These foods are high in antioxidants, needed to fight free radicals. Lean protein is also important (fish, lean meat, chicken, etc.) as protein forms building blocks of cells, and wholegrains provide B vitamins and a variety of minerals that are essential for women’s health. Go for organic where possible to avoid the hormones and antibiotics associated with factory farming.   Variety is the spice of life – and the saviour of skin care - so choosing from the plethora of foods from every food group will go a long way to ensuring you look and feel your best.   Find out more about how Zehra can fit into your skin care routine.