Welcome to the Skinfood Series. Part 1 Vitamin A
There are so many wonderful ingredients that we can use externally to care for and regenerate our skin.
But what about how we care for our skin from the inside?
Diet plays a major role in our health and thus our appearance. Skinfoods accelerate skin healing, strengthen connective tissue, fight free radicals, reduce inflammation and slow ageing.
In this the first part of our series we’ll look at Vitamin A.
Vitamin A increases new cell production and more importantly healthy skin cells. It stimulates collagen and elastin production and also absorbs UV radiation thus providing natural protection against sunburn and photo-aging.
In other words it slows down the aging of your skin.
If you don’t have enough Vitamin A in your diet your skin can develop the following issues: dryness, flakiness, thickening, blockages, breakouts and wrinkles.
Here are some foods high in Vitamin A that you should be including in your diet:
- Cos lettuce
- Sweet potato
- Swiss Chard
Now you should be aware that your body needs zinc to the transport vitamin A from the liver to your skin cells.
Here are some foods high in Zinc that you should be including in your diet:
- Button mushroom
- Swiss brown mushroom
- Shiitake mushroom
- Sesame seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Swiss chard
3 Simple Ideas to get Vitamin A & Zinc in your diet
- Make salads using cos lettuce with some spinach leaves, carrot and parsley then add your other favourite salad ingredients
- Make some sweet potato chips or roast sweet potato
- Add some greens (Spinach, Kale, Swiss chard) to soups or pasta dishes.
Do you have simple ideas you can share on how you get Vitamin A in your diet?
Here is what I do:
I start my day with a fresh juice. At the moment I have an apple, carrot, parsley, cos and kale juice every morning. I may have to alter this when the seasons change as I only use fresh, organic, in season produce.
Then I have oat porridge with tahini (ground sesame seeds) and then I add a whole lot of other yummy stuff to my porridge like blueberries, banana, coconut, maple syrup, chia seeds, pure cocoa powder, cinnamon.
How do you start your day?
Experiment a little and get creative with ways to add these foods to your diet!Coming up on the Skinfood series:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Alpha Lipoic Acid