Looking Good

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Most of us would agree that looking good is something we like to do, whether it’s just everyday or you want to look your best for a special occasion. And believe it or not, being healthy and fit can have an effect on the way you look.

Healthy Skin

Eating fatty and greasy food doesn’t automatically make your skin greasy or give you spots, but skin does need looking after. Follow our five point plan to looking good:

  1. First step to a healthy skin is to drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself well hydrated.
  2. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrain foods such as wholemeal bread, pasta and brown rice. These foods contain lots of vitamins and minerals which are important in helping to keep your skin looking healthy day in, day out.
  3. Keeping active and doing plenty of exercise keeps your skin looking fresh, healthy and and gives a rosy glow. It works by boosting your circulation ensuring lots of oxygen and nutrients get to the skin, so keeping it healthy.
  4. Avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs. Not only are they seriously bad for you they also can cause damage and dehydrate your skin. If you are of legal age then it’s OK to drink in moderation but watch how much you have and make sure you keep hydrated by having water and low-calorie soft drinks alongside.
  5. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. If it’s hot, make sure that you have the right level of protection. It might look good to have a tanned body but strong sunlight is the quickest way to age your skin and puts you at risk of skin cancer.

Check out these skin supporting nutrients: Are you getting what you need?

Vitamin C

Helps wounds to heal and is essential for making skin tissues like collagen. It is also an antioxidant vitamin which helps to protect the cells in your body. Found in a range of fruits and vegetables. Richest sources are citrus fruit such as oranges and grapefruit, berries, melon and blackcurrants.

Vitamin E

Another antioxidant vitamin which helps protect your body’s cells including your skill cells. Found in wholegrain cereals, nuts, seeds vegetables oils and green leafy vegetables.

Carotenoids

These help to protect skin and eyes from the effects of sunlight. Found in brightly coloured vegetables and fruits. Carotenoids are a plants equivalent of sun-tan lotion.

Zinc

Needed for the normal structure and functioning of the skin and to help with the healing of cuts, bruises and spots. Found in seafood, meats, eggs, wholegrain cereals, dairy products and green vegetables.

B vitamins such as Riboflavin and Niacin

Needed for skin to grow and work properly. Found in wholegrain and fortified breakfast cereals, meat, milk, cheese, fish and eggs.

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