You’ve got your cleanse, tone, and moisture routine sorted, you exfoliate and use a mask regularly, and your hair and nails are lovingly cared for. All in all, your beauty routine is on point but did you know what you put into your body is just as important as what you use on the outside?
“Certain foods and supplements are great for bringing out the natural glow in you,” explains Swisse expert Sheree Banh. “Here’s how you can start incorporating them into your diet and regime”.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a clear, gooey substance naturally found in our bodies that helps to keep your skin looking plump and glowing. It’s able to do this because it’s basically a star at hydration, being able to hold up to 6000 times its weight in water3. Over time, its quantity in our bodies decreases4, but by adding it to our diets, it’s been shown to significantly increase hydration and improve the suppleness of our skin5.
As if we didn’t have enough on our plates already, stress, lack of exercise, tobacco and pollution can all generate these little things called free radicals that attack and damage our cells6. Luckily, there are these little things called polyphenols that help our bodies fight back against these nasties, helping to neutralise free radicals and preserve our cells6. And as it turns out, grape seeds just happen to be naturally enriched in in polyphenols and act as a natural shield of goodness7,8,9,10.
Another wonder ingredient is the humble Vitamin C. Not only does it help stimulate the production of collagen and stabilises its structure11, but it also has excellent antioxidant properties12. Talk about awesome!
And last but not least, is the pomegranate. Not only do these pack a hefty antioxidant punch, helping to neutralise free radicals13, they even have the amazing ability to inhibit enzymes, helping to slow the overall skin ageing process14.
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