Nutrition and Skin
Being a dietitian I can't help but make a comment about the importance of good nutrition to help nourish your body and your skin.
Your body has a need for many nutrients each day, including proteins, vitamins and minerals. One way of looking at how our body utilizes the nutrients we consume is to think of our internal organs (heart, lungs, kidneys, gut, brain) as having first priority of the use of nutrients we consume each day, and then what's left over is then available for the skin. To have good skin means you need to have a good variety of foods each day. To get all your nutrients in each day without gaining weight is by having 3 good meals a day, including a good sized breakfast (eg cereal, toast, fruit, yoghurt, nuts etc).
Skin, nutrients, supplements and healing
There are various nutrients that are known to assist with skin repair and healing, and they include:
- Zinc (best sources - fish, meat, other sources - eggs, nuts, grains)
- Vitamin C (fruit and vegetables, high in Red capsicum, papaya)
- Vitamin E (in nuts, seeds, vegetable oil/ margarine)
- Vitamin A (dairy, green leafy vegetables, red and orange coloured fruit and vegetables)
Each of these nutrients work at different stages of skin/tissue healing. The best way to take these nutrients are in the form of foods. There are also many other nutrients in foods that can help with improving skin quality, eg there are nutrients (apart from vitamins) in many fruits that help to strengthen skin tissue.
Even though I have just mentioned that the best way to get your nutrients is through food we have found that taking a zinc supplement the same evening as using the renewing mask, eye treatment and soothing balm can enhance the benefits of the products. I recommend a zinc supplement that contains between approximately 15- 25 g zinc and to only take the supplement up to 3 times a week (no more than this).