Skin saving supplements can enhance a healthy diet to further promote a better-looking complexion. Whether you already eating right or just require an added boost – you are what you eat and what you eat can create great skin!
1. Essential Fatty Acids
The membrane of every cell in your body is coated by a protective phospholipid layer. These essential fatty acids help to prevent dehydration, whilst promoting cellular strength and function. Healthy fats such as omega 3 and 6 help to re-enforce the cell wall, whilst conditioning the body from the inside out. Indications such as sensitivity, rosacea and dehydration are all indicative of lower systemic levels of essential fatty acids. Whilst these good fats are found naturally in avocado, nuts, chia seeds and salmon, they can also be found in supplements such as fish / krill, olive, evening primrose, coconut and wheat germ oils. Taking just 6000-8000mg daily can assist in promoting a smoother and more protected complexion with less dryness, flaking and itchiness. These good oils taken systemically can also reduce body inflammation, decrease joint pain and even increase concentration. For a double targeted treatment, why not use a facial oil as part of your topical skin regime. Try Aspect Doctor Redless or Skinstitut Multi-Active Oil. These non-comedogenic formulas are rich in essential fatty acids to instantly condition, soften and protect reactive and volatile conditions. Don’t forget to apply to the body as well.
Aggressive acne is often accompanied by bluish, purple lesions that are painful and may take many weeks to heal. This discolouration of blue undertone may be a sign of a systemic zinc deficiency. Zinc naturally works within the body to regulate testosterone hormones (both for males and females), it affects an enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase. When this enzyme becomes depleted, sebum production can become thicker, increasing congestion and the appearance of acne breakouts. Seafood such as oysters, mussels prawns are rich in zinc as are nuts such as cashews. For those who are allergic to seafood or simply don’t like the taste, why not try a daily zinc supplement to combat pimples, acne and post-acne scarring. 1-2 tablets taken daily, may assist with symptoms. A systemic zinc deficiency can also be confirmed by a zinc test, this is often carried out by a naturopath but may be purchased at a health food store.
Super foods may be all the rage at the moment, but did you know alkaline diets can also assist with reducing the symptoms of rosacea and complexion redness? As food is digested through the small intestine, its nutrients are absorbed in a naturally alkaline environment. Every day foods such as sugar, trans-fats, alcohol and even spices can disrupt this environment, making it more acidic. Facial flushing, dilation of capillaries and hot, reactive skin may result. This is of particular concern to those complexions affected by rosacea, a condition characterised by weakened vessels and thinner skin density. Re-alkalinising foods include broccoli, kale and spinach – essentially anything green. For a dietary boost, why not try liquid chlorophyll, wheatgrass shots, spirulina powder or even chorella tablets. These super re-alkalinisers work quickly to re-establish digestive balance, whilst reducing the symptoms of skin redness. For rosacea, why not even try a daily probiotic to further enhance results.
By: Andrew R. Christie
Beauty & Skin Industry Specialist