Everlasting radiance comes from within, quite literally.
It’s all about how we look after ourselves – are we nourishing our bodies? Regularly including movement into our day? Reducing stress where we can?
Your skin is begging for more than a skincare routine to nourish and maintain a beautiful glowing complexion. It’s your largest organ, after all, and a little more complicated than slip, slop, slapping and lathering luxurious oils every day (still do that, but you’ll need some extra love, too.)
And, when using topical products, it helps to ensure they are safe, non-toxic, and free from all nasties (these are all HUGE hormone disruptors) – your skin will thank you for it!
If you’re ever unsure whether you fall into a nutrient-deficient category, pay close attention to how your body is feeling and the condition of your skin.
Our epidermis (outer skin layer) has excellent communication skills. It will let us know if we’re getting enough sleep, water or vital nutrients, spending too much time stressing and not enjoying blissful beach days or getting our ‘me’ time in.
Neglecting nutrients = dull, dry, cracked & blemish-prone skin.
Giving your cells the love they need = a radiant glow like no other!
And we definitely choose the latter.
What are vitamins & why do they matter?
Vitamins are organic compounds that all humans need in small quantities for optimal health and can be found in nutrient-dense foods such as fruits and vegetables. Having too little of a particular vitamin may increase the risk of developing certain health issues in life – and having too much from over-supplementing may also cause problems.
*It’s always best to speak to a healthcare professional before beginning a new supplement regime.
Our bodies have adapted to poor diets, stressful, fast-moving lifestyles, and consuming products that don’t align with our cells' natural state.
Living life ‘in the fast lane’ has led to a decrease in most of us having optimal levels of nutrients to support our well-being, a problem that continues to be reported as “a major public health problem worldwide.”
The 2020 Global Nutrition Report states, “Globally, an estimated one-third of people suffer from at least one form of micronutrient deficiency.”
The most common include Iron, Vitamin A, Iodine, Folate, and Zinc, leading to many severe health conditions.
Don’t worry, there’s good news!
Many of these deficiencies can be prevented and improved through nutrition and nourishing the body with a healthy diet. That’s why Natures Farmer Sea is super passionate about providing our community with high-quality natural, nutrient-dense products and educational resources to help put your health back in your hands.
It’s also why we’re obsessed with our Sea Moss Gels – they contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids our bodies need to feel their best, including A, B, C, D, E and K, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Selenium, Potassium, Iodine, Calcium, and so much more.
Keep reading to learn which vitamins are the most important for healthy, radiant skin.
Many natural nutrients contribute to good skin health, but these are the top 5:
1. Vitamin A
A powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and repair damaged cells. This vitamin is important in the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. It contributes to the production and regulation of sebum, making it ideal for treating skin conditions such as acne or eczema.
Natural Sources of Vitamin A
- Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, etc.)
- Sweet potatoes
2. Vitamin C
An antioxidant that contributes to fighting infections, wound healing and repairing & preventing dry skin. Vitamin C is the ultimate skin savour aiding collagen production, decreasing cell damage, and reducing signs of aging. And, as a bonus, it supports a healthy immune system!
Natural Sources of Vitamin C
- Citrus fruits - oranges, lemon & kiwi
- Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage & cauliflower
- White potatoes
3. Vitamin E
Another potent antioxidant that works closely with Vitamin C to strengthen cell walls, prevent skin damage and inflammation. This free-radical fighter creates a natural barrier to lock in moisture and keep dryness out, giving you supple, glowing skin!
Natural Sources of Vitamin E
- Plant-based oils - sunflower, safflower & soybean oil
- Nuts & seeds - sunflower, almonds & peanuts
- Leafy greens - spinach & collard greens
Also known as B7, this water-soluble B-complex vitamin helps convert food into energy and regulate fatty acid, ensuring optimal nourishment of the skin cells. Biotin is excellent for improving skin hydration, smoothness, and appearance, among many other benefits.
Natural Sources of Biotin
- Cooked eggs
- Beef liver
- Nuts & seeds
- Sweet potato
This essential micronutrient is an integral part of maintaining optimal skin health. Zinc has been used for centuries to support a healthy immune system, aid in wound healing & sebum production, and treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema, melasma, and rosacea, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Natural Sources of Zinc
- Raw oysters
- Red meat & poultry
- Whole grains
Essential nutrients play such a crucial role in the vitality of our skin, but it’s important to get the right advice before beginning to supplement deficiencies that you may not have. Always consult a healthcare professional if you are experiencing any deficiency symptoms.
Other ways to maintain radiant, glowy skin
Relax, unwind and don’t forget the sunshine
Many of us are overworked, stressed out, and not scheduling time in our day to unplug and have a break. There is always time for a quick few minutes of relaxation. If you’re time-poor, we suggest starting your day with ten minutes of fresh air, deep breaths, or moving your body in any way that feels good to you. This can include stretching, dancing, or doing a few reps with the free weights – whatever you need to do to get the blood flowing and the day started with positive energy.
For an extra skin treat, Natures Farmer Sea’s Purple Butterfly Sea Moss gel is ideal for those needing to de-stress and give themselves a self-care day, every day. This blend contains Blue Butterfly Pea, which is bursting with antioxidants and is known to be a natural calming agent and mood uplifter. Properties within the Blue Butterfly Pea also help stimulate collagen production and maintain skin elasticity, making it nature’s most efficient skin illuminator.
Drink enough H2O! (but you already knew that)
On average, humans are about 60% water, so we need to make sure we’re drinking enough daily to improve blood flow throughout the body and hydrate our cells – this helps skin elasticity too.
Alkaline water is a bonus if you can incorporate it into your day. The high levels of hydrogen and antioxidant properties allow the skin to absorb essential nutrients it needs to stay hydrated.
Related article: 10 Benefits of Alkaline Water.
There are so many factors that contribute to healthy skin, but the most important one is ensuring you are fueling your body with an adequate amount of vitamins and minerals to help your skin shine from the inside out – that’s where the magic happens!
This includes filling up on whole, nutrient-dense foods (absolutely no processed stuff!) to keep your skin and health on track.
Head to our website to learn more, and leave us a comment below letting us know how you keep your skin glowing.
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Article by Natalia Florczyk.