Summer Skin Superfoods

Whether your goal is to combat acne, reduce signs of aging, or achieve a luminous glow, incorporating the power of these three superfoods can significantly revitalize your skin. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these accessible foods offer a holistic approach to improve your skin's appearance–and your confidence–inside out! 

  

AVOCADOS

 

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, which are known as the healthy fats that help maintain skin health. They are also a great source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.

 

The high levels of vitamin C in avocados promote collagen production, helping to keep the skin firm and supple. Avocado consumption is often linked to improving dry or dehydrated skin.

 

SEA BUCKTHORN

 

Sea buckthorn is a fruit-bearing plant known for its numerous health benefits, including its effects on the skin, as it is loaded with antioxidants; notably, vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and flavonoids.

 

The topical use of sea buckthorn can be particularly beneficial for individuals with dry or dehydrated skin. Sea buckthorn oil, extracted from the fruit's seeds or pulp, is highly moisturizing. It contains fatty acids, including omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9, which help nourish and hydrate the skin. The oil forms a protective barrier on the skin's surface, preventing moisture loss, healing damage, and improving skin hydration.

 

And last but certainly not least, sea buckthorn stimulates the production of collagen, providing extra structural support to the skin. By promoting more collagen synthesis, sea buckthorn can aid in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve overall skin texture and tone.

 

MANGOS 

 

Mangos are abundant in vitamin A–which is essential for maintaining healthy skin and promoting cell regeneration–as we as vitamin C, which helps neutralize free radicals in the skin, reduce oxidative stress and the damage caused by environmental factors. The high vitamin C content in mangoes also promotes collagen production. This antioxidant combo can help combat the signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.

 

Mangoes also have a high water content, which helps keep the skin hydrated and prevents dryness, flakiness, and dullness. Proper hydration is crucial for maintaining a healthy and radiant complexion.

 

Topically, the enzymes present in mango butters, like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), can act as gentle exfoliators, removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores.

  

DR. HAUSCHKA FIRMING MASK

 

While these foods each offer potential benefits for specific skin concerns, it is important to keep in mind that an overall balanced diet is best for optimal skin health. We always recommend to consult with a healthcare professional or a nutritionist for personalized advice. 

 

However, if you’re in the mood for more nutrition knowledge, make sure to check out our SKNKRE episode with Frances Michaelson, a licensed Naturopath with extensive knowledge in digestive health, hormonal health, weight loss, and autoimmune disorders.

 

Until next time,

 

The BSE Team

 

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