Nourish Your Skin From Inside will Show on the Outside
Healthy and young-looking skin is often considered the holy grail of cosmetics, but it’s also a good indication of your general health and well-being. At the center of skin health is collagen. But what is collagen? Simply put it is a type of protein. It connects and supports bodily tissues such as tendons, muscles, skin, bone and cartilage. There are more than twenty five types of collagens that naturally occur in the body, making it one of the most plentiful proteins present in the bodies of mammals, including humans. In fact, it makes up about 25% of the total amount of proteins in the body. Collagen is like the glue that holds the body together. And it’s collagen that gives the skin its structure and youthful ‘springiness.’
Whilst there are many products containing synthesized collagen, there is a natural way to increase the amount of collagen in your body. The key is to maintain a balanced diet rich in the antioxidant vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. These are the vitamins that help skin to stay moist and supple, to repair itself and to produce the enzymes that stabilize the production of collagen.
As antioxidants, these key vitamins sweep up free radicals that could damage the appearance and structure of your skin. Taking enough antioxidant vitamins will reduce the amount of free radical damage to your skin. This is why antioxidant vitamins often go hand-in-hand with anti-aging regimes and are considered by some to be a key way to extend your youthful good looks into middle age and beyond.
Vitamin-enhanced skincare products might appear to be at the forefront of the beauty and anti-aging industries. But if you look at traditional ways of caring for your skin, it becomes abundantly clear that people have been maintaining healthy skin for centuries with vitamins. Olive oil and avocado are among a host of traditional skin treats that are packed with vitamins — vitamin C in olive oil and vitamin E in avocado.
In the pursuit of gorgeous and healthy skin, it’s important to remember that as well as eating plenty of essential vitamins avoid eating foods that could be damaging for the skin. Alcohol is a key offender as it seriously depletes the vitamins in your body. So if you eat a healthy, balanced diet and then drink alcohol, you’re undoing a lot of the good work you’ve done.
The key is to remember that skin is a living organ. Unlike our heart, lungs and kidneys, our skin is an organ we can see — at least the top layer. III health, fatigue, disease and stress all show themselves readily on our skin. Flaky skin, eczema, rashes, wrinkles, dryness, pimples and sores are all ways in which our skin communicates with us, telling us something is wrong. So when you include the right vitamins in your diet, namely vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E you should begin to see improvements in the vitality and radiance of your skin; you can also rest assured that this isn’t just about looking good. Your skin is telling you that you’re doing your body good too.