At Tiger Lillies Skin Food, we know the skin needs to be nurtured - from the inside and out. As well as caring for your skin with natural, organic and concentrated skincare formulas, fuelling your body with a range of nutritious foods is essential for glowing skin. We’ve all noticed that our skin suffers when we consistently eat poor-quality food, so which foods are best for healthy skin?
Yearning for the supple skin you had in your early twenties? It’s not uncommon. When we age, our skin produces less and less collagen which can lead to wrinkles and thinner skin. Support your skin’s natural collagen process by incorporating avocados into your diet. Avocado contains vitamin C (a core component of your body’s ability to create collagen) and vitamin E (an important antioxidant), and the healthy fats found in avocado have the added benefit of hydrating the skin. Delicious on toast, good for your skin.
Sweet potatoes and red or yellow bell peppers
When skin has been properly protected from the sun, it often appears less wrinkly and more radiant than skin that’s been overly-exposed to UV rays. Research has shown that some foods protect the skin cells from sun damage thanks to the pigment beta carotene. Giving many foods their yellow or orange colour, beta carotene and is found in sweet potatoes, peppers, carrots and oranges. Your body also converts beta carotene to vitamin A, which plays a role in supporting the skin’s natural immune system, preventing breakouts and promoting healing. Healthy lunchtime juice, anyone?
Fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon and herring are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids which keep the skin hydrated, thick and supple, and can reduce inflammation. Fish also contains zinc - an essential mineral for supporting the skin’s overall health, playing a vital role in producing new skin cells. It’s also a high-quality source of protein (that ensures the skin stays strong) and vitamin E - an important antioxidant to protect the skin from free radicals that wreak havoc on the body’s antioxidant defence system. That’s a whole lot of benefits from a little fishy on a little dishy.
Nuts and seeds
Walnuts and sunflower seeds are good sources of zinc, vitamin E, selenium, and protein. When you consume protein, your body turns it into amino acids that then create other proteins including collagen and keratin that composes the structure of skin. Zinc aids skin healing and selenium supports your skin’s natural ability to protect itself from UV rays. Reach for that nuts and seed mix and start sprinkling it over food!
Broccoli is bursting with vitamins and minerals vital for healthy skin - such as vitamins A and C, and zinc. It also contains sulforaphane, which research has shown to prevent some types of skin cancer. Who knew gastronomy could taste so good?!