3 Nutrition Based Tips to Support Optimal Skin Health
While we believe in the power of natural skin care to nourish your skin from the outside in, we also know that what you eat and drink has a big impact from the inside out.
We asked Emily and Erica, Co-founders of The Detox Passport and graduates of Naturopathic Medicine, to share three simple things you can do to help support your skin as we move from spring to summer.
Any time there is a change in season, your body must adapt. Part of proactive health and beauty routines is protecting precious skin cells, which are a direct reflection of what is going on in your internal environment. Given this strong connection, what you eat can either elevate the radiant health of your skin or cause dull, distressed skin. Here are 3 dietary recommendations that your skin will LOVE.
1. Flax seeds: 1-2 tbsp. of flax seeds ground up and sprinkled on a breakfast bowl or added to a juice or smoothie is an amazing secret to glowing, nourished skin. The omega-3s contained within flax will be converted to EPA and DHA by the body, serving to optimize your cell membranes, leaving you with more glowing and hydrated skin cells. The reason why omega-3s from flax are one of the most beneficial is because unlike fish products, there is no possible contamination with mercury or heavy metals. They also contain a number of nutrient optimizing phytochemicals while serving as a helpful fibre to enhance digestion. If you choose to purchase flax seed oil as opposed to seeds, be sure to store within the fridge and to consume it within one week as this oil is fragile and will oxidize quickly, leading to a product that can be damaging for your skin.
2. Cucumbers: Cucumbers contain a high amount of silica, which is required to produce collagen for skin. Collagen is what is needed for the skin to maintain its youthful essence and firm structure, and is therefore one yummy beauty nutrient. Cucumber is a cooling vegetable, which is excellent to introduce in the spring when the weather is warming up. It can be added to your favourite salad, enjoyed with your favourite hummus dip, or made into a water infusion. If you’re feeling the urge to play spa, try the time-tested beauty trick of placing a few slices on your eyes for under eye rejuvenation.
3. Green tea (aka “Camellia Sinensis”): Whichever you choose from one of the many varieties of green tea (i.e. Sencha, Yerba Mate, or Matcha), not only does green tea contain a high number of antioxidants, it also contains “catechins”, which serve to balance the body’s sebum (oil) production, preventing unnecessary breakouts. If you tend to have oily skin, it might be a good idea to add one of these to your daily routine. Although caffeinated, the additional phytochemicals contained within green tea allow the body to maintain a more awakened stake and remain concentrated, without any caffeine jitters. Unlike coffee, green tea is not dehydrating. This helps to preserve the valuable suppleness in your skin, just in time for spring and summer. If that isn’t enough, the high number of antioxidants found within this tea will also help to protect the skin from sun damage!
Remember, whenever possible to choose whole, organic foods and if possible, local to maximize nutrient density. Cheers to beauty from the inside and out =).
- Erica and Emily
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