Inside Out: How what you eat affects your skin...
Consider this: your skin is an organ - functioning day in and day out. Just because it’s on the outside of your body, doesn’t mean it’s not affected by what goes on inside it. In fact, it can be a fairly accurate reflection of your overall health - think dark circles under your eyes after a few sleepless nights and you’ll know what we’re talking about. Long story short; what goes on on the inside both affects, and is reflected by your skin on the outside: what you ingest matters.
Precisely how different foods can affect you vary and to explain it all would require a pretty lengthy and scientific explanation. It all boils down to balance! Eating the right foods to give your body the nutrients it needs to maintain its optimal functioning level.
Free-Radicals, Antioxidants & Cell Damage
Ever heard of free-radicals? They’re pretty big in the health and beauty world right now and it’s no secret why: left to get out of control and they can wreak some pretty serious cell damage. Make no mistake, free radicals naturally occur in the body, and for the most part, your own defence can keep them in check. But our modern-day lives aren’t making it easy, and there are a number of common everyday factors that could be increasing your levels of free radicals, including: excessive exposure to UV rays, pollution, smoking an unhealthy diet and excessive exercise.
Without adding antioxidants into the body through your diet, these free-radicals can take over. At this point, your body is undergoing ‘oxidative-stress’ and this is when the damage begins to show. Common ageing signs such as brown spots, broken blood vessels, fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear as cellular damage is accelerated and collagen and elastic fibers - associated with tighter, healthier looking skin - are weakened.
Antioxidants to the Rescue
To help your body beat oxidative-stress a continual supply of antioxidants is essential. Capable of neutralizing free radicals in the bloodstream, they are able to delay and even prevent some of this premature and excessive cell damage. Here’s how to get them...
Antioxidant Rich Foods: Think Rainbow!
Greens: Try to get nutrient-dense greens into your diet. Think spinach, kale, arugula, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Just 1-cup a day, a few times a week will make a difference. You could also add a scoop of green nutrient powder to your morning smoothie as an alternative.
Reds and Purples: Think eggplant, beets, tomatoes, purple asparagus, berries and plums.
Oranges and Yellows: Carrots, butternut squash, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, apricots, peaches, etc.
Teas - green, white, black, or red! Packed with many antioxidants teas are a super way to get antioxidants into your system and stay hydrated. Try to avoid sweetened green tea drinks, many have more sugar than antioxidants. For a little something special and to make your own, try brewing your own tea and adding slices of fruit or mint leaves before pouring over ice for a refreshing brew!
Topical Antioxidants For Your Skin
Topically applied antioxidants can add an extra boost to your routine too. In fact, this is one of the fundamental components of the Stem Cell Face Mask. With added Ginseng, the Stem Cell Face Mask ispacked with antioxidants, so much so that topically when applied, it can add a kind of free-radical shield to your skin - giving your skin that little bit extra protection from those pesky environmental free-radicals.