Vegans, Vanquish That Dry Skin
Having dry, flaky skin can be a nightmare. It's often sore and itchy and just makes you feel rubbish. And more often than not it will leave us reaching for the most expensive, thickest moisturiser we can find to try and make it go away. But slathering yourself in fancy lotions and posh potions isn't always the best answer - and it doesn't help prevent the problem in the first place. Your diet can drastically alter your skins appearance and it doesn't take much for the changes to start and the compliments to start rolling in. And to make things even sweeter, these tips are suitable for vegetarians and vegans too. All the boxes? Ticked.
Let's start with the obvious (and most boring). Reduce your consumption of alcohol and coffee, stop smoking and drink more water.
There, I've said it. Now let's move on.
You'll want to start munching on anything with Omega 3 in as this fat is a good fat. It softens your skin by holding in the moisture, which also keeps it delicately plumped up for wrinkle fighting. Bonus. You'll find it in flaxseed, avocado and walnuts.
This is great for dry and cracked skin. Not only does it help repair your skin but it continues to protect it too. Fill up on beans, poppy seeds, sesame seeds,
pumpkin seeds, whole grains, almonds, cashew, pecans, pine nuts, lentils and tofu.
A skin soother, vitamin A is found in dark leafy greens, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and pumpkin.
A classic for beautiful skin, vitamin E is all about the natural moisturising. It also boosts your skin's UV defences to stop the sun doing any more damage to your dry skin. For your vitamin E intake snack on organic nuts, seeds, wheat germ, ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, avocado, broccoli and those dark leafy greens again.
Believe it or not, silicon isn't just fake boobs and a valley full of tech geeks. Silicon is also a naturally occurring mineral in food. And it's good for you. Very good. For all the same reasons that plastic surgery lovers lust after it. It helps keep your skin elastic and youthful (wrinkles? What wrinkles?) It improves the strength and thickness of your skin so it can keep bouncing back to the same shape and it also keeps your hair and nails glossy and strong too. So it's no surprise that it's often referred to as the 'beauty mineral'. To get some silicon into your body without resorting to a boob job, eat nettles, radishes, romaine lettuce, spinach, cucumbers (with the peel on), bell peppers (with the peel on), tomatoes (yep you guessed it, with the peel on), oats and baby greens.
If your blood is rich in iron, your skin will have a healthy glow. At least according to David Wolfe, author of Eating For Beauty. Add leafy green vegetables, spinach, swiss chard, parsley, Jerusalem artichokes, organic beans, lentils, pumpkin seeds, figs, dried apricots and dates to your diet to make sure you're getting enough. Remember to mix your iron with vitamin C to make sure that it is fully absorbed into your body (iron needs a little helping hand with this). A glass of orange juice will do the trick. And ease off on the coffee for around 30 minutes as this does the opposite of vitamin C.
After munching your way through these healthy vegan foods, it won't be long before your skin is smooth, moisturised and glowing.
P.S. I made a Love List of some of these healthy, skin-happy foods, because I'm helpful like that. You can see it here.