Eating for healthy skin


Not since the fat-free fad that swept much of the world in the decades following the 1970s has society been so focused on what we should and shouldn’t eat. With one look at any magazine, newspaper or lifestyle website, you are likely to encounter a myriad of articles mentioning anything from vegan, to raw, to paleo and lots on gluten-free diets.

We wanted to take the same holistic approach to eating well for your skin, allowing you to find the right superfood to complement your own skincare products. Here are some of the key nutrients to include and the foods where you can find them.

Vitamin A 

What’s it good for? Excellent for skin repair, vitamin A is a key ingredient in a healthy skin diet.

Where you can find it in food? Carrots, eggs, orange, low-fat dairy.

The science? Vitamin A helps to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Where you can find it in skincare? Vitamin A features in our Ultra A range in the form of Retinol.

Vitamin C

What’s it good for? Skin health, collagen and elastin production.

Where can you find it in food? Oranges, strawberries, citrus, kiwi, leafy greens.

The science? A key ingredient in fighting the visible signs of extrinsic ageing, vitamin C is a crucial element in any skincare routine. It helps to improve the appearance of skin firmness. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also found that women who had a higher vitamin C intake tended to have a less-wrinkled appearance.

Where can you find it in skincare? Our Ultra C range contains high percentages of pure vitamin C for an effective, potent solution. 

Essential Fatty Acids 

What’s it good for? Skin nourishment and avoiding dryness.

Where can you find it in food? Nuts, salmon, canola and olive oil.

The science? Essential Fatty Acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s can help to support the skin’s natural oil barrier. This ensures that your skin remains nourished and moisturised, avoiding dryness. Dehydration can also lead to poor skin texture and enhance the appearance of fine lines.

Where can you find it in skincare? You can reinforce your skin’s lipid barrier with help from the Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum, containing Provitamin B5 and Sodium Hyaluronate to help restore moisture.

Vitamin E 

What is it good for? An antioxidant for the skin.

Where you can find it in food? Almonds, sunflower seeds, seeds, spinach, wheat germ products, asparagus, olives, vegetable oils.

The science? This fat-soluble vitamin is an antioxidant that can help to protect skin cells from the adverse effects of free radicals, as well as potentially addressing sun damage.

Where can you find it in skincare? Vitamin E is found in our Ultra Moisturiser Cream, alongside Linolenic Acid, Ceramide-3 and Linoleic Acid for smooth, hydrated skin.

Water

The last on our list isn’t a food product, but it is an essential component in a healthy eating plan for your skin. Make sure you replace any fluids lost, especially during summer, when you may perspire more. You can find out more about hydration and skin health by reading our blog post here.