YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
A diet for a healthy body is the same one as for a healthy, clear complexion. That is, one that contains lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, is high in fibre, low in fat, and low in added sugar and salt. This should provide your body and your skin with all the vitamins and minerals needed to function at their very best.
HEALTHY SKIN CHECKLIST
These are the essentials your body needs to keep your skin in tip-top condition.
1 The most essential element is water. Although there's water in the foods you eat, you should drink at least two litres (quarts) of water a day to keep your body healthy and your skin clear.
2 Cellulose Carbohydrates, better known as fibre foods, have another less direct effect on the skin. Their action in keeping you regular can help to give you a brighter, clearer complexion.
3 Vitamin A is essential for growth and repair of certain skin tissues. Lack of it causes dryness, itching, and loss of skin elasticity. It's found in foods such as carrots, spinach, broccoli and apricots.
4 Vitamin C is needed for collagen production, to help keep your skin firm. It's found in foods such as strawberries, citrus fruits, cabbage, tomatoes, and watercress.
5 Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin that neutralises free radicals - highly reactive molecules that can cause ageing. It occurs in foods such as almonds, hazel nuts, and wheat germ.
6 Zinc works with vitamin A in the making of collagen and elastin, the fibres that give your skin its strength, elasticity and firmness.