Welcome to the Skinfood Series. Part 2 Vitamin C
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 second part of our series we’ll look at Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is one of our best skin rejuvenators. The benefits it provides skin are innumerable. It is a major part of our defence system, reducing inflammation and fighting infection.
Vitamin C is invaluable in the pursuit of beautiful skin!
It smoothes and plumps the skin, improves the strength and elasticity of skin, refines pores, tightens skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and reduces blotching.
Here are some foods high in Vitamin C that you should be including in your diet:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Kiwi Fruit
- Cos lettuce
- Swiss Chard
- Rosehip Tea
Vitamin C also works well with Vitamin E and each enhances the effect of the other. See the next Skinfood article for Vitamin E
6 Simple Ideas for you
- Drink water with a squeeze of lemon or lime
- Make salads using cos lettuce with some capsicum spinach leaves and parsley then add your other favourite salad ingredients. Make a salad dressing of 1 part lemon juice and 3 parts extra virgin olive oil or macadamia oil.
- Make fruit salad as a snack
- Make a pizza at home and add chopped broccoli and capsicum
- Add greens Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, Swiss chard to soups or pasta dishes.
- Drink Rosehip tea. In summer make up a jug and add some honey and some ice.
Here is some of what I do:
I start my day with a fresh juice. At the moment I have an apple, carrot, parsley, cos lettuce and kale juice every morning. I may have to alter this when the seasons change as I only use fresh, organic, in season produce.
Every week I make sure I make a pot of Cauliflower & Leek soup. It is basically a potato and leek recipe but I use Cauliflower instead of potato and add oregano! Yum!
I drink Rosehip Tea every day. In fact my tea cupboard is a little crazy. I may take a photo of it one day. Note I said tea cupboard not shelf!
I make Broccoli pesto when basil goes out of season.
Experiment a little and get creative with ways to add these foods to your diet!
If you have any simple ideas I’d love to hear about them in the comments section!
Previously on the Skinfood Series:
Vitamin A – How To Slow Down The Ageing Process
Coming up on the Skinfood series:
- Vitamin E
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
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