What you put into your body is just as important as how you treat your skin. There are many vitamins and minerals that affect not only the health of your skin, but your muscles, bone and even hair and nails. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet and balance skin-nourishing nutrients.
1. Omege-3 Fatty Acids are found in cold-water fish such as salmon and mackerel, as well as flaxseeds and safflower oil. The typical American has an overabundance of omega-6 fatty acids which are found in many backed goods and grains. When there is a balanced intake of these two acids, the skin responds with smoother, younger-looking skin.
2. Silica is a mineral that strengthens the body’s connective tissues (muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage and bone), making it a vital supplement for healthy skin. Silica can be provided as a concentrated liquid supplement found in certain drug stores, or can be naturally found in leeks, green beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, celery and asparagus. A deficiency of silica can result in less skin elasticity as well as makes it more difficult for the body to heal from wounds.
3. Vitamin C is one of the most widely used and important ingredients in skin care products. There are two different benefits to vitamin C consumption. Firstly, it is essential for the synthesis of collagen, a key structural protein of the skin. Collagen is what makes your skin tight, smoothes out wrinkles and creates a more youthful appearance. Secondly, vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help reduce skin damage, which will ultimately improve skin texture. Vitamin C is especially effective at protecting the skin from overexposure to the sun when combined with vitamin E.
4. Vitamin A is another very effective ingredient in most skin care products. It is both essential for healthy eyes and skin. The wrinkle reduction begins when the body converts vitamin A into retinoic acid. Retinoids prevent wrinkles. They work by binding to corresponding receptors in the skin which peels off the top layer, creating an even skin tone and thickens the layers below. Retinoids are also collagen boosters because it blocks the genes that causes the collagens breakdown but increases other gene activity responsible for its production.
5. Zinc is an important mineral for the skin, especially for those suffering from acne. Zinc controls the production of oil in the skin and may also help control some of the hormones that have been known to create acne. A deficiency of zinc has been linked to those with acne.