Why antioxidants are essential to prep our skin for those 'golden hour' sunset selfies!

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It’s time to load-up on antioxidants to prepare our skin for the sun!

One of the most important topics that we discuss with our clients during their consultation is their diet. Why? We truly believe that there is a strong correlation between skin & nutrition. In fact, most inflammatory skin conditions come from within the body itself. Too much sugar? Long-term it can lead to the destruction of the tissue, the production of damaging fat & the breakdown of beneficial proteins. Not enough fatty acids? Skin will lack in lipids and will be more prone to inflammation due to a compromised barrier function. It is clear that a healthy diet must be sustained to achieve beautiful and glowing skin. 

One important factor that we try and understand during the skin-health assessment is the amount of antioxidants our clients get through their diet, supplements or topical products. Antioxidants are essential for our body and skin as they protect us from sunburn, inflammation, DNA damage and even skin cancer. Think of them as a natural & invisible sunscreen that help you fight against UV radiation and pollution daily.

It is important to use them topically with a Vitamin C serum, but even more essential to get a healthy amount of them through your diet. The best way to know if your diet is lacking in antioxidants is to have a look at the grocery shopping list below and see if you are getting a high percentage of items listed in your diet (weekly). Another good indicator is your skin tone. If your diet lacks in colour so can your skin! Eating different varieties of food can give a healthy looking colour to your skin. 

Therefore, if you want to prep your skin for golden hour sunset selfies, it is essential to load up on antioxidants. This doesn’t mean you have to only have these particular ingredients in your diet - finding the right balance is key. Also, make sure to shop for food seasonally for the quality & the environment. Check the seasonal calendar on BBC Good Food for more information.

Antioxidant Grocery Shopping List - All Year Round

  • Drinks: Green tea, red wine (nope, we aren’t kidding - but only one glass per day)

  • Vegetables: Dark leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, kale, Swiss chard) vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy), carrots, beets, onions, peas, squashes, sea vegetables.

  • Fruits: Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, oranges, pink grapefruit, red grapes, plums, pomegranates, blackberries,  cherries, apples & pears. 

  • Others: olive oil, plain dark chocolate (70% pure cocoa)

  • Prebiotics: Topical (bacillus coagulans), Oral (lactobacillus johnsonii, bifidobacterium breve, bifidobacterium)

  • Supplements: Coenzyme Q10 (supplements help ensure you get your daily requirement of micronutrients that may be missing from your diet)

Antioxidant Grocery Shopping List - April

  • L- Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): Cauliflower, Purple Sprouting Broccolis, Bell Peppers, pomegranate, onions, grapefruit, spring onions, celeriac

  • Polyphenols - Green tea, dark chocolate

  • Carotenoids - Spinach, cabbage