Your beauty routine for your skin

Because your skin renews itself continuously, it needs suitable nourishment to stay in good health: vitamins, trace-elements and essential fatty acids contribute in their own way to preserving its youth and radiance. Learn how to make your diet the first part of your beauty routine for your skin!

Submitted on 27/07/2012
 A reflection of your health, your skin effectively reflects your eating habits: healthy and radiant skin is, before all else, well-nourished skin. A varied and balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables is usually sufficient to supply it with everything it needs. However, some nutrients are particularly valuable in maintaining - or regaining - a fresh and radiant complexion and you have everything to gain in prioritising them.


Vitamin A and carotenoids


Natural pigments contained in certain fruits and vegetables, carotenoids are converted into vitamin A in the body. These powerful antioxidants activate melanin production for a healthy glow, maintain proper hydration of the skin and are involved in cell renewal.
  
 You will find them, in particular, in: carrots, tomatoes, apricots, spinach, melon, mango, yellow peaches, but also in the form of vitamin A in eggs, liver and fat from milk.
  

Vitamin C


An antioxidant, vitamin C is also involved in the formation of collagen, a protein essential to the resistance and elasticity of the skin.  
 You will find it, in particular, in: citrus fruits, kiwi and blackcurrants as well as in parsley, turnips, sorrel and red pepper. More exotic Goji berries and acerola (a small Brazilian cherry) contain exceptional levels of vitamin C.
  

Vitamin E


Vitamin E, the ultimate anti-ageing vitamin, regenerates skin cells and maintains the skin's flexibility by protecting the lipids it contains and improves skin tolerance to the sun.
  
 You will find it, in particular, in: vegetable oils (particularly wheat germ, argan and sunflower), almonds and hazelnuts, margarine and soya.
  

Sélenium


This trace-element is a particularly powerful antioxidant which also offers protection against UV rays and enables tanning more easily. And yet most adults do not consume enough of it.
  
 You will find it, in particular, in: fish and seafood, mushrooms, liver and kidney and eggs.
  

Zinc


Present in very small quantities in the body, zinc is indispensable for the proper functioning of skin cells. In the event of a deficiency, beware of problems with wound healing and skin blemishes!
  
 You will find it, in particular, in: seafood, red meat, offal, whole grains, pulses and eggs. Oysters are by far the food with the richest zinc content.
  

Fatty acids


Under this term you will find the well-known Omega 3 and Omega 6 which promote cell renewal, maintain suppleness of the skin, prevent dryness and improve its tolerance thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties. Important constituents of cell membranes, they cannot be manufactured by the body and must therefore be provided by our diet.
  
 You will find Omega 3, in particular, in: oily fish (salmon, halibut, mackerel, herring, sardines), rapeseed oil, nuts and green leafy vegetables. You will find Omega 6, in particular, in: grape seed, sunflower, evening primrose, walnut, wheat germ, soya bean, sesame, rapeseed, hazelnut and olive 
 

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