Diet and Glow: The Foods and Nutrients You Need to Glow

It’s no secret that the food we consume and the health of our gut microbiome plays a big role in maintaining the health of our skin. We know that inflammatory and processed foods can lead to breakouts, skin irritations, and even contribute to hormone imbalances. Incorporating nutrient-dense foods into your diet can contribute to healthy skin and a youthful glow. Read on for our favourite skin glow nutrients and food sources.

Vitamin C

Incorporating Vitamin C in your diet can help to produce more collagen, which in turn will lead to smoother skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin C can also help brighten your skin and aid skin issues and concerns such acne and hormonal breakouts. As if that weren’t enough, Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, so it can prevent skin damage by neutralizing free radicals, on top of slowing signs of aging skin.

If you’re trying to get more Vitamin C in your diet, look no farther than these foods:

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Peppers 
  • Cantaloupe

Looking to add a natural source of Vitamin C to your skincare routine? Try incorporating skincare products that feature nutrient dense ingredients, such as our Brighten and Pro-Age Custom Facial Oil blends.

Vitamin E

Another antioxidant, Vitamin E will also neutralize your skin from free radicals, protecting it from environmental harm. But the benefits don’t stop there – Vitamin E helps to moisturize your skin, and can even help those who suffer from eczema. It also aids in cell production, acts as a barrier between your skin and the sun (though not strong enough that you can neglect SPF!), and reduces inflammation. 

Want to stock up on Vitamin E? Try out these foods:

  • Avocado
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Mango
  • Almonds
  • Spinach

Does your skin crave the moisture of Vitamin E? Our Weightless Body Oil is full of Vitamin E, so it’ll leave your skin extra soft! 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 is great for maintaining a balanced facial oil production, but it also helps to soothe irritation and moisturize dryer patches of skin. Even better, recent studies suggest that omega-3 can help to minimize or eliminate acne altogether.

Toronto Naturopath Dr. Sarah DiMunno shares that most people don’t eat enough healthy fats and suggests at least three servings a day at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dr. DiMunno shares with us that "healthy fats are the building blocks to maintaining healthy skin and balanced hormones”.

Wondering how to incorporate more omega-3s into your diet? Why not try out these foods:

  • Fish (especially salmon and mackerel)
  • Oysters
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Seaweed
  • Kidney beans

Our Pro-Age Custom Facial Oil blend, which is packed with essential fatty acids, will give your skin a soft and supple glow. 

Comment your favourite skincare nutrients below. We'd love to hear from you! 

Written by: Demetra Nikolakakis

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