Glowing skin is a #lyfegoal for most of us young ladies getting about town. And while having a good skin routine is important in keeping our skin free from outbreaks, enjoying a healthy diet is second-to-none in getting that glowing skin. What some of us tend to forget is that eating for #freshtodeath skin is just as important as a good cleansing routine if not more important. Given that new skin cells are constantly being replaced (out with the old and in with the new, every month!) – having a healthy diet free from toxins is no surprise in fuelling healthy cell renewal. With only 8% of Australian adults meeting the recommended 5 serves of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit a day (as per Australia’s Health, 2014), more often than not you’ll be missing out on the key nutrients that important for good health, particularly for healthy skin renewal.
So, you probably want to know what foods are going to get you that clear and glowing skin we are constantly striving for…
Vitamins A, C and E, as well as unsaturated fatty acids and amino acids are important in the skin renewal process and to stop any damage to our cells. Recent research has also shown the importance of a low Glycemic Index (GI) diet in the treatment of acne. Now this might sound like a whole lot of mumbo-jumbo, but it’s pretty simple to include all of these nutrients in your everyday meals – even when eating out across Brisbane!
Below are five simple tips on how to get the right nutrition for that #freshtodeath skin:
- Stay hydrated, by aiming for 2-3 Litres of water every day. Whether you’re at breakfast and enjoying a herbal tea or dining out for dinner, make sure to have the table water free flowing. This will help keep that dry, flakey skin away especially in the colder months.
- Aim for five serves of vegetables a day, making sure they are a variety of colours (red, orange, yellow, green). These brightly coloured vegetables are packed full of vitamins (including Vitamin C, a precursor for Vitamin A) and antioxidants, which helps your cells stay healthy and free from damage. Brisbane Eats: Why not pick up Breakfast Salad Bowl – check out the best places in Brisbane here.
- Include unsaturated fats, such as oily fish (salmon, tuna, trout), avocado, nuts and seeds. While nuts, seeds and avocado are a good source of Vitamin E (an antioxidant) and unsaturated fats, oily fish provides Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Brisbane Eats: head to Paw Paw Café and pick up the Trout Tostada! All the goodness of oily fish without having a lift a finger (other than putting the fork and knife to good use of course).
- Reduce refined carbohydrates such as white rice, white bread and soft drinks. Instead, follow a Low GI diet by including wholegrains and/or sourdough bread. Want more info on the Low GI diet – check out my blog. Brisbane Eats: You’ll notice that most cafes are now offering sourdough bread or grainy bread, which makes your life a whole lot easier! Otherwise, pick up some fresh sourdough or grain bread from Sol Foods or your local bakery like Le Campagne in Greenslopes.
- Free yourself from toxins such as smoking, alcohol and stress. So I might be asking a bit much here, but at least, try to minimise it as much as possible! We know the smoking ads all to well, and know that stress can put our bodies under a whole lot of pressure. So instead, why not try out some yoga or meditation, and catch up on some much-needed sleep for a good state of mind in order to keep the body healthy
And of course, it’s important to have a good skin cleansing routine on top of eating well – lucky for us we have beauty tips every week here at Brisbane Threads to keep us up-to-date with the latest products.
Got any burning or unanswered questions about foods that will help your skin? Leave a comment below.
Steph is our resident nutritionist by day and writes for Brisbane Threads and her own blog Gourmet Gypsy by night. To read more of her health and lifestyle tips, check out her blog or keep an eye out for her monthly column on Brisbane Threads.