Feeding your skin from the inside and outside

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*Your skin is your largest organ and covers your entire body with a surface area of approximately two square meters. It’s thickness varies from 0.5mm on the lids of your eyes to about 4mm or more on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.  Amazingly your skin will account for around 16 percent of your body weight.

**Feeding your skin from the inside

A varied diet is the key to having healthy skin, eating a wide variety of foods can help your skin remain healthy and supple. There are vitamins and minerals that have an important role in skin health and these include vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, vitamin E, zinc and selenium. If you do not ingest enough of these nutrients it could cause medically recognised skin problems.

No one food or food group can supply all the nutrients that our skin and bodies need. The evidence from lots of studies shows that following healthy eating guidelines will ensure all the vital nutrients for skin health and anti-ageing. What is more, a healthy balanced diet provides a rich supply of antioxidants which are thought to help protect and repair our skin from pollutants that could cause it damage.

Drinking water is important for healthy skin, 6 to 8 glasses a day are recommended in the UK climate which may be increased in the summer months and for those who are very active. Low fat milk, and sugar free drinks including tea and coffee can be counted in your fluid intake.

Feeding your skin from the outside

Protecting yourself from sun is very important for your skin as UV light can damage the collagen and elastin in your skin which keep it smooth and supple. Too much sun can cause wrinkles, dry skin and rough skin and more seriously both benign and malignant skin tumours.

Moisturisers and ‘anti-ageing creams’ Many skincare products claim to have powers to prevent or reverse the effects of aging skin. In truth very few of them have any quality scientific evidence to back up their claims. There is no evidence to show that applying antioxidants directly to the skin has any benefit. There are benefits of moisturising though as it protects your skin from the environment and stops it drying out.

*information sourced from http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/skin/skin.shtml

** information sourced from the Association of UK Dietitians https://www.bda.uk.com/


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