You are what you eat. A poor diet will appear on the surface on both your skin and body. Skin cells are created in the inner layer of the skin, where they have to settle for the nutrients remaining after more vital body parts have had their share. So, your basic trick to look great, is to make sure you get enough of the nutrients your skin needs – in addition to providing your skin with the right care.
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Proper diet, pretty skin
Vitamin A is essential for the formation of new skin cells and the maintenance of normal skin. Good sources of vitamin A are:
- Liver, liver paste, oily fish, eggs, margarine, milk, butter and cheese.
- Fruits and vegetables with lots of color, such as carrots, broccoli, peppers, kale and apricots
- Fish oil and other omega-3 supplements
Vitamin C helps produce collagen, which is an important building block for normal skin.Good sources of vitamin C include:
- Citrus fruits like orange and kiwi.
- Berries such as strawberries, blackcurrants and rosehips.
- Pepper, broccoli, rutabaga, spinach and tomato.
Simple tips to keep your skin healthy
The skin also depends on proper care to keep fresh. An aging skin will need extra moisture and should be treated more gently than younger skin.
Here are our top tips:
- Moisturizing cleanse
With age the skin gets more sensitive and dehydrated, it is therefore important to have a mild, moisturizing cleanser that does not remove the protecting lipids from the skin surface.
- Gentle exfoliation
Peeling a few times a week removes rough, dead skin cells that can prevent your moisturizer from working efficiently, and gives you a healthy glow. But traditional peels can scratch the surface and damage the skin. You should go for a gentle face peeling with e.g. enzymes, which dissolves the dead skin cells instead of physically scrubbing them away.
- Lots and lots of moisture
Most people need extra moisture when they get older, often more than you even realize. So treat yourself to a good moisturizer, preferably with hyaluronic acid, and use it diligently and generously morning and night. And remember to drink water – fresh water is good for your skin and health!
Never skip sunscreen! The sun causes around 90% of the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and age spots. Remember, your tan is temporary, your wrinkles are forever. And yes, you get a tan even if you protect your skin with suncreen. It just takes a little more time, but in return, you get a deeper color that lasts longer.
Sources: Norwegian Health Informatics, forskning.no