by Guest Author Jennifer Lloyd, RHN CHHC

Self care is more talked about than ever. In these COVID times, it seems like it’s never been more important to put self care at the top of your list. But maybe your trips to your favourite spa have lessened, and your pampering routine is a little more “home grown” these days. Note: I hear there are going to be some home-based beauty regime tips posted here on LaVigne Life very soon!

But even before we take the time to choose quality, natural skincare products for the best in external skin care, I always draw my clients’ attention back to the core foundation of beauty. It’s pretty basic – “you are what you eat!”

Super foods for our cosmetic bags are what will produce a long lasting healthy glow, supple skin and that ‘ageless beauty’ we are all looking for.  Mineral rich, nutrient dense beauty foods are nature’s best cosmetics and they work from the inside out.

Our skin is bombarded both inside and out on a daily basis with stress, hormones, junk food, lack of H2O and weather to name a few.  A healthy diet will help us withstand this barrage of attacks, with nutrients that help repair, maintain and enhance the skin.

Free radicals initiate the deterioration of the skin’s structural support and decrease the elasticity, resiliency and suppleness.  Just what are these free radicals?  To get into the ‘science’ of it for a moment, they are oxygen molecules that have lost an electron and are thus unstable and reactive.  These reactive oxygen molecules bounce around cells and tissues setting off a chain reaction, robbing electrons from healthy molecules, causing damage and creating more free radicals in the process.  Collagen, a protein molecule that gives skin a youthful, supple look, is especially susceptible to free-radical damage.  For the most part, exhaust fumes, overexposure to sunlight, radiation (x-rays) and cigarette smoking are the main culprits of free-radical damage.

The Fight Against Free Radicals

Luckily for us, antioxidants in the form of phytochemicals help us survive this onslaught of damage that comes our way.  These phytochemicals prevent and reverse damage by simply giving free radicals the electrons they need to become stable.  So, how does all of this affect your skin?  Studies are showing that wrinkles and other age related skin factors are directly related to free-radical damage that is not countered by antioxidants.  Phytochemicals are found all around us – in our vegetables and leafy greens.  They are chemicals that are not required to sustain life – nonessential nutrients but are proven to protect humans against diseases and damage. There are more than a thousand known phytochemicals each working differently to protect us … a very important reason to be eating a diet rich in plant based foods.

Pass the Carrots!

A group of phytochemicals called carotenoids have a tremendous effect on your skin – they are the foods that give our skin a much desired healthy glow! Quite often also high in vitamin A which enhance the functioning of your immune system as well – an added bonus!  Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, papaya, bell peppers and tomatoes are all good sources of these healthy phytochemicals.  One just needs to Google ‘antioxidant foods’ to see how abundant they actually are and how easily they are  incorporated into our diets.

See These Food Beauties in Action

Head over here for a tasty salad recipe full of antioxidants and wonderful flavours that is an easy addition to many a meal.

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Jennifer Lloyd is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Health Coach and founder of Eat For Living. Navigating today’s world of health and nutrition can be nothing short of overwhelming…and that’s where Eat For Living shines. Her programs and classes are designed to educate, empower and inspire for a healthier way of living while making it nutritious, delicious and fun!