Achieving a healthy glow and glossy mane starts with what you eat. Here’s a roundup of ingredients that’ll enhance your skin and hair.
A daily intake of key nutrients is vital for healthy-looking skin and hair, says Rebecca and Reisha Harper (@harpernutrition_twins), twin sisters and registered dietitians with a special focus on nutrition for health, beauty and aging well. Below, they share a reference guide to the powerhouse ingredients that will get you on your way to enjoy glowing skin and great hair every day.
Loaded with protein, fibre, vitamin C, folate, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants, these gems help improve skin elasticity, prevent photoaging, tighten pores and contribute to collagen development.
Avocados are high in healthy fats that are essential for keeping your skin moisturized, supple and flexible. They are also high in vitamins C and E and contain minerals that help calm skin, such as magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Blueberries are high in antioxidants and anthocyanins, which prevent damage to the collagen that keeps skin firm by shielding it from harmful free radicals.
Egg yolks are a good source of biotin, which helps make hair strong and lustrous, protects against hair loss and damage, promotes hair growth and helps prevent dry skin.
Specifically, watercress and kale which provide antioxidant to fight free radicals and prevent collagen breakdown, and lutein, which boosts a healthy glow.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea is high in catechins, powerful antioxidants that reduce redness, prevent acne flare-ups and improve skin elasticity, hydration and thickness. It also stimulates hair growth.
Organic Cacao Nibs
Cacao nibs are rich in antioxidants, which give skin a beautiful glow by improving blood flow, skin texture and hydration.
Peas & Lentils
Peas and lentils are some of the best plant-based sources of lysine, an important amino acid required for collagen formation.
Salmon & Lean, Grass-Fed Meats
Salmon and lean meats are good sources of protein, which is key for healthy hair growth, and zinc, which is necessary for producing new skin cells, regulating inflammation and improving overall skin health. They’re chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids, which deliver shine to hair, provide oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated, plump up skin cells and reduce inflammation that can cause acne and redness. You can also reap the beauty benefits of salmon with fish oil supplements.
These colourful tubers are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A when consumed, which protects against brittle hair, boosts natural oils on the scalp, romotes hair growth and acts as a natural sunblock. As for skin benefits, they are superfoods thanks to vitamins A and C and magnesium. Their high carotenoid content visibly brightens skin.
Walnuts are a good source of essential fats, vitamins C and E, selenium and zinc. They help protect skin from inflammation and free radical damage and protect hair from sun damage.