It’s always been fairly obvious that your diet contributes directly to the health of your skin. If you’re anything like me, you’ll see the negative after-effects of greasy foods, sugary foods and alcohol in your skin almost immediately. Nutrients from a healthy diet will help maintain healthy skin from the inside out. But a healthy diet is something your whole body reaps rewards from, and the skin is often given the leftovers, with your brain, heart and other essential organs getting first dibs. Bearing this in mind, and while there’s no substitute for a healthy diet, there’s no denying the added benefit of nutrient infused skincare.
Let me guide you through the top 4 super foods for your skin, their benefits and where you can find them in your skincare.
Reveal a fresh face with Papaya. This fruit contains an enzyme called papain that can rid you of dead skin cells and speed up cell renewal. In a nutshell, it smoothes, refreshes and refines. You’ll find this baby in Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and their Gentle Cream Exfoliant.
Cucumber has more uses in the beauty world than just popping a couple of slices on your eyes. Cucumber can help quench your skin’s thirst. It’s a hydrating soother that contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory Caffeic Acid. Essentially it soothes, calms and hydrates. For those of you with sensitive skins, you can get your daily dose of cucumber’s benefits using Dermalogica Ultracalming Cleanser.
We all know the myth that carrots help you see in the dark, but did you know that carrots are rich in Vitamin A and antioxidant Vitamin E. It helps firm, nourish and regenerate the skin for improved elasticity. I recommend a healthy dose of Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum to get your carrot fix. This serum replaces lipids whilst nourishing dry or dehydrated skin. Apply 6–10 drops to your fingertips then smooth into the skin. You can also mix 3-4 drops in with your moisturiser at night.
4. Rooibos Tea
This tea from the South African Red Bush contains antioxidants that are 50 times stronger than those found in green tea. It’s not messing around. Rooibos Tea can help soothe the skin and shield it against environmental damage. If you fancy an alternative to the drink, reach for Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer, a leave-on exfoliating treatment that brightens, hydrates, evens skin tone, and delivers dramatic smoothing results.