How Your Diet Affects Your Skin At Menopause
You are what you eat, but did you realise how much difference your diet makes to your skin?
It is important to make sure you’re getting enough essential nutrients to protect your skin and keep it healthy, strong and attractive.
Helpful tips for beautiful skin
We all pretty much stick to our standard diet and foods that we love, but try some of these too if you want to see your skin improve.
1. Have a good liquid intake of pure water, not just the usual tea, coffee, or soft drinks as these are not as good for your skin.
The liver is especially affected when the body is dehydrated because you need water to remove the toxins and flush the liver tissues.
Good fluid intake also helps prevent constipation, and that will affect how your skin looks, and can be related to acne breakouts too.
Don’t like plain water? Add some lemon juice, or a few drops of vanilla essence, or even a very small amount of unsweetened fruit juice if it encourages you to drink more
2. Eat a big salad daily with a variety of ingredients, try adding raw spinach and hard/soft boiled eggs and radishes.
Don’t leave your cucumber naked either, but slice them and add Apple cider vinegar and herbs for a fresh taste.
Salad can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check.
It can benefit your skin too with a daily dose of vitamins, fibre and antioxidants.
3. Add herbs to your salads, teas or cooked dishes. A number of them are known to help give your skin a boost, so look for turmeric which has great anti inflammatory properties, and mint, thyme and rosemary are all good for your skin too.
4. Fruit can give you a glow and one of the most popular are oranges. They are a huge source of natural vitamin C, and one of the most effective fruit you can eat to brighten up a dull complexion
Other great skin boosters are apples, watermelon, lemon, strawberries, cucumbers and pomegranates.
Expand your diet with skin boosting foods
If you are looking for even more help then all the following can aid skin appearance.
- Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids that help your skin to look supple and radiant.
- Avocados are high in healthy fats, but they’re also an excellent source of vitamins C and E, both of which play a key role in the health and vitality of your skin.
- Walnuts give you antioxidants and vitamin B, and that helps protect your skin from sun exposure, dirt, pollution and other impurities and so prevent skin damage and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Sunflower seedsprovide essential nutrients and beneficial plant compounds. They are a source of fibre and as a good source of minerals may support healthy bones and skin.
- Carrots are full of beta carotene, a skin-friendly nutrient that gets converted to vitamin A inside the body. This helps repair skin tissues while also protecting skin from harmful sunshine and carrots are known to help treat skin ailments like acne, dermatitis and rashes as well healing scars and blemishes.
- Soybeans are for you if you have puffy or tired looking skin as they can help it appear firmer and younger. This is because it helps promote collagen production, an important part of skin’s elasticity.
- Dark chocolate good news is research tells us it will give you a smoother skin texture and 25% less skin redness when exposed to the sun, and increased skin hydration. Flavonoids in chocolate help reflect harmful UV rays off your skin, preventing sunburn and conditions like skin cancer
- Green tea either drunk or applied topically can have benefits for your skin. It helps with acne and younger looking skin and can help lighten dark spots and blemishes as well as reducing inflammation. from the skin making it good for complexion care.
At menopause, we definitely start to see changes in the skin and this is certainly related to our declining hormone levels. This means we have a reduced amount of essential skin elements and that results in faster ageing skin and the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
For a little extra help you can boost your skin with Wellsprings face serum, containing essential hyaluronic acid and trace hormones oestrogen and progesterone to support your skin to stay supple, strong and beautiful.