We all agree that food has a direct impact on skin health. Skin issues such as acne, dark-circles, dull skin as well as dermatological conditions can be a direct consequence of a grocery list full of sugars, saturated fats and allergens. Healthy skin requires a good skincare routine in conjunction with a healthy diet. ‘Superfoods’ such as ginger and chia seeds are beneficial for the skin and many vitamins and minerals can be hugely beneficial in treating specific skin issues.
How does food impact skin health?
Environmental stressors attack the skin on a daily basis. Specifically, free-radical damage can cause the skin to appear dull, lackluster and uneven. Selecting and consuming food for healthy skin can protect the skin barrier and strengthen skin metabolism. A balanced diet including proteins, fibres, fruits and vegetables can significantly improve skin health.
Different types of food for different types of skin issues:
- Dull Complexion
Combined with a good skincare routine, certain food can help the skin to revive its glow. Treating the skin to a gentle exfoliation is an effective way to remedy a dull complexion. The MZ Skin Radiance & Renewal Instant Clarity Refining Mask deeply and gently exfoliates while stimulating cell turnover to restore a healthy winter glow. Gentle exfoliation helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by pollution. Coupled with consumption of spices such as paprika and turmeric, which provide vitamin C and antioxidants, this mask will brighten and revive tired, dull skin.
Antioxidants are able to inhibit the damages caused by free radicals by giving up electrons to free radicals (neutralizing them) in order to prevent cell damage in the skin. The ability of our body to produce and use antioxidants to counteract free radicals lessen as the skin barrier gets compromised by attacks, resulting in decreased production of the antioxidant-rich oils to protect it.
Studies have shown that topical application of vitamins and consuming foods rich in nutrients such as healthy fats, vitamins and proteins can be more effective than taking supplements. It can help to change dull, uneven and hyperpigmented skin tones into brighter and more even complexions. Vitamin C for example, contained in spices such as paprika and turmeric, acts as a tyrosinase inhibitor blocking changes in the skin’s melanin production, which is what causes excessive dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Natural foods that are rich in antioxidants also include: fruits (berries in particular), vegetables (artichoke, kale, and spinach), green tea, dark chocolate and nuts (pecans).
- Dark Circles
Another very common skin concern battled by hundreds of women every day is the appearance of dark circles. The MZ Skin Soothe & Smooth Collagen Activating Eye Complex was specifically formulated by Dr. Maryam Zamani to strengthen capillaries, and is clinically proven to reduce dark circles and wrinkle depth in 30 days. In terms of food for healthy under-eye skin, ingredients that improve blood circulation such as kale and spinach can protect the delicate under-eye area and reduce inflammation. Bonus point: these leafy greens also provide a wonderful source of antioxidants to fight against free-radicals and skin issues such as acne and dull skin.
- Dry and dehydrated skin
An excellent combination of skincare and food for healthy skin is dedicated to those who suffer from dry and dehydrated skin, a very common issue that is particularly exacerbated in the winter. The MZ Skin Anti-pollution Hydrating Face Mask and Anti-Pollution Illuminating Eye Mask repair and protect the skin against environmental stressors and urban pollutants making the skin instantly appear even, glowing and deeply hydrated. Vogue described them as “doing wonders to curb ‘maskne’, dehydration, and general skin inflammation”. Nutritionists also recommend consuming foods rich in vitamin E, vitamin A and healthy oils to boost healthy cell renewal, keep the skin smooth and youthful and improve hydration. Avocados for example have hugely beneficial effects thanks to their regenerating properties.