Most of us are happy to spend a fortune on face creams, serums and other lotions and potions to put on our skin, but what you feed your skin from the inside is what really makes a difference. A healthy, balanced diet must always be the foundation, plus there are some specific nutrients that can be of great benefit to your skin and your general health.
The main structural protein in the body, collagen supports the structure of the skin’s epidermis, keeping skin firm and elastic, which minimises wrinkles and gives skin that youthful ‘plumpness’. As we get older, production naturally declines in the body, so taking collagen can help compensate for this. Collagen peptides work by triggering the body’s own collagen production as part of a natural feedback system. Scientific studies have found that taking collagen improves the elasticity and firmness of skin, helping skin look younger. Collagen is included in all Beauty & Go drinks as a key bioactive ingredient.
Produced in the body and found in almost all body cells, especially the joints and skin. This water-attracting molecule is a fountain of youth for your skin, acting as a natural hydrator and lubricant from within. Levels decrease with age, so replacing it helps prevent the typical signs of ageing. Hyaluronic acid supports skin’s structure, helps maintain elasticity and suppleness of skin, and encourages skin regeneration and repair.
Skin ‘hero’ vitamin A is your ally in the fight against skin ageing, being essential for skin health and maintenance. It is needed for new skin cell formation, skin repair and maintaining skin’s ‘integrity’ – keeping it firm and resistant to damage. Vitamin A also plays a central role in wound healing, as well as maintaining the immune system including the immunity of the skin. It influences the ability of skin to withstand sun damage and helps prevent collagen breakdown. Food sources include sweet potato, carrots, spinach, kale, butternut squash, peppers, dried apricots and mango. Beauty & Go Skin Brillance and Vitality drinks contain vitamin A.
An essential vitamin needed for energy production and keeping skin healthy. This water-soluble vitamin helps the epidermis (upper layer) of the skin retain moisture. This will help skin appear softer and smoother with less dryness and a reduction in fine lines. It is also needed for toxin elimination and is used for acne treatment. Other health benefits include anti-inflammatory effects, lowering cholesterol and relief of arthritis symptoms. Vitamin B3 is found in fish, chicken, nuts, seeds, peas, mushrooms, avocadoes and Beauty & Go Skin Brillance drink.
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance used by the body to convert food into energy. It is also a powerful antioxidant, protecting against free radical damage, one of the causes of skin ageing. It promotes skin repair and may even help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Under perfect conditions the body produces enough of its own Q10, however stress can block CoQ10 production and levels naturally decline as we get older. Coenzyme Q10 also supports the function of the immune system and can lower blood pressure. Food sources include sardines, mackerel, chicken, nuts, seeds, broccoli and spinach. Beauty & Go Skin Vitality drink contains as much Coenzyme Q10 as 120 sardines!
Omega-3 fats act as a natural moisturiser and illuminator from within, keeping your skin soft, supple and radiant. They also have strong anti-inflammatory properties helping to soothe breakouts and redness. Omega-3s are also great for keeping hair and nails strong and healthy and are vital for healthy brain and nerve function, helping to balance emotions. The number one best source is oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, herrings and sardines. Good plant sources are flaxseeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.
Vitamin C is found in high levels in both the dermis and epidermis of the skin, where it has an essential role in collagen production. Without vitamin C collagen cannot be made in the body, as it is needed for the enzymes that synthesise collagen to work properly. It is also a potent antioxidant protecting against free radical damage and even helping to limit the damage caused by UV rays. Ageing, UV light and pollutants can all lower the vitamin C content of the skin, so the more we get in our diets the better. The best sources are peppers, guavas, green leafy vegetables like kale, kiwis, broccoli, blueberries and other berries, citrus fruit, tomatoes, peas and papaya. The entire Beauty & Go range contains vitamin C.
Zinc is needed for healing and repair, so is important for skin healing, the healing of blemishes and preventing scar formation. Clinical trials have also shown it can reduce the severity of acne. Zinc is needed for protein synthesis and cell growth in the body so is also essential to healthy hair and nails, both helping with repair and boosting growth. This mineral is also important for healthy immune system function. The best sources are seafood, spinach, nuts, seeds, cocoa & dark chocolate, lean meat, beans, mushrooms plus Beauty & Go Skin Detox & Skin Brillance. Alcohol and caffeine both block absorption, so cutting back on these will also help keep your levels up.
Vitamin E helps skin retain moisture, aids skin healing and can help relieve skin complaints. It is also an antioxidant, so protects skin from the ageing effects of free radicals. Vitamin E may also help protect against sun damage and reduce inflammation in the skin, which is involved in acne, eczema and skin rashes. The best sources are spinach, kale, nuts, seeds, avocadoes, fish, broccoli and butternut squash. It is also found in Beauty & Go Skin Revive.
An essential mineral needed for a healthy immune system, plus the functioning of the body’s inbuilt defences against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Selenium can help protect against age spot formation on the skin and even reduce the risk of more serious skin damage. It is also great for keeping hair and nails healthy. The best sources are Brazil nuts, seafood, fish, wholemeal bread, rye bread, seeds, brown rice and Beauty & Go Skin Revive.