The best nutrition for your skin

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Health and well-being features highly in many of our lives.

From the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, our daily routines are filled with ways to ensure we are fit and functioning well on the inside; from eating a balanced diet and taking regular exercise, to maintaining a happy mindset and ensuring we get a good night’s sleep.

Aesthetics clinics (such as Āatma Aesthetics in London) focus on enhancing a person’s appearance, knowing that to create a more desirable look can also boost one’s confidence and make them feel happier on the inside. From the results our patients receive and the amazing reviews we are rewarded with as a result, we have first-hand experience in recognising the connection between looking good and feeling great.

Medically led by Dr. Shaan Patel, Āatma Aesthetics is a clinic that advocates a healthy lifestyle. We also know that the choices we make regarding diet and fitness, can also be key contributors to the way we look, and this often starts with the appearance of our skin.

Drinking plenty of water each day keeps the skin hydrated, and regular movement ensures the blood flows sufficiently to supply the skin with nutrients and oxygen. More importantly, the foods we eat can not only do wonders for our insides, but can also contribute to a bright and youthful complexion.

Some of the foods that contribute to healthy, great-looking skin includes:

AVOCADOS – they contain an abundance of healthy fats which helps to keep the skin moisturised and supple. Vitamins E and C are also present in avocados. Vitamin E protects the skin from oxidative damage which can speed up the ageing process, while vitamin C is essential for the process of repair, including the production of collagen.

NUTS AND SEEDS – like avocados, nuts and seeds contain high levels of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which provide fatty acids for the skin. This helps the complexion to remain moisturised and supple, improving elasticity.

OILY FISH – salmon, herring and mackerel are good examples of oily / fatty fish. They contain omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce inflammation as well as maintain flexible and moisturised skin. Fish is also a good source of protein which can help to keep the skin strong.

SWEET POTATOES – Beta carotene (also known as provitamin A) is present in sweet potatoes and can help to protect the skin cells from the effects of sun exposure, helping to prevent dry skin and sun damage.

BROCCOLI – including high levels of zinc, vitamin C and vitamin A, these nutrients are important for boosting the skin’s health.

RED GRAPES AND BERRIES – resveratrol is found in red grapes and berries which has many health benefits, including helping to reduce the effects of ageing.

TOMATOES – as well as being a great source of vitamin C, tomatoes also contain beta carotene, lutein and lycopene. In addition to maintaining a healthy complexion, these nutrients help to protect the skin against sun damage and wrinkling.

GREEN TEA – containing antioxidants, green tea can be very beneficial for the health of the complexion, as well as helping to protect the skin against damage from the sun. Drinking green tea can improve rough / dry skin, thinning skin, loss of elasticity and moisturisation.

SOY – eating soy on a regular basis may help to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and loose skin. Soy contains isoflavones which can help to protect the skin’s cells and prevent damage from the sun’s UV rays. Menopausal women have particularly found that the look and feel of the skin benefits from consuming more soy.

Considering the foods we eat to help boost the health of the skin can be just the start. To enhance the results of a healthy diet, the skin may also benefit from a regular skin care routine. Undertaking daily cleansing, toning and moisturising can help strong skin to remain smoother and clearer, with twice-weekly exfoliation reducing the chance of the pores becoming blocked. Suitable products will bring out the best in your complexion, and Āatma Aesthetics recommends the use of ZO Skin Health – available to purchase via a prescription, following a thorough skin consultation. And if you want to give your skin the odd treat, just ask Dr. Shaan which rejuvenating treatments are available at his Harley Street clinic.

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