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Antioxidants, Vitamins C and E & Hydration | Skin Nutrition

“you are what you eat”

Great skin is reflected not only by the products that we apply but also the nutritional foods that we eat.

Good nutrients are essential for a great skin both inside and out. asap use ingredients in their active formulations that are proven to produce brilliant results on the skin. Ask any therapist who has used asap products and you frequently hear comments around its ability to get results for its users. Just as the skin needs topical vitamins, hydrators and antioxidants, our body also needs these nutrients for optimal health and wellness.

Why are antioxidants so good for us?

We all know that antioxidants are great for the skin as they protect the skin from oxidative cell damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidants help to scavenge free radicals and generally they do a great job. But, if they are in short supply, damage to cells can occur. Eating foods rich in antioxidants help to scavenge free radicals. Sometimes though, the skin is the last place to get its share of antioxidants and that’s why is important to also topically apply products that contain antioxidants to help fight free radicals and protect our skin.

Antioxidants like Vitamin C and E are good antioxidants to use in formulations and also to include in your diet. Let’s break it down for you a bit more. 

The benefits of Vitamin C for your skin

Good sources of Vitamin C can be found in berries, broccoli, kiwi, oranges, spinach, kale, pumpkin and green tea. asap have combined high concentrations of Vitamin C in their Super C Serum which helps to reduce the appearance of premature ageing caused by the drying effects of the sun and other environmental damage. In the skin, vitamin C helps to promote radiance and clarity.

The benefits of Vitamin E for your skin

Vitamin E can be found in avocado and also in nuts like almonds. Chia Seeds and Chia Seed Oil are also excellent to include into your diet as they have antioxidant qualities and are rich in Omega 3.

A lack of essential fatty acids can cause itchiness and dry skin. Good fats can help keep your skin supple. A diet that includes good fat is recommended and some excellent sources are avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, safflower oil and flaxseeds. Oily fish which is rich in Omega-3 fats can be found in salmon, sardines and anchovies. asap use Evening Primrose Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Ceramides in some of their formulations to help nourish and condition the skin.

Hydration is King

We all know this one but it’s important to hydrate inside and out by drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day to avoid dehydration which is a major cause or premature ageing. Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics and cause dehydration. The more caffeine and alcohol you drink, the more dehydrated you can become ultimately resulting in the loss of moisture from your skin! If you suffer from dehydration, you may want to try asap’s Ultimate Hydration moisturiser which delivers maximum hydration with the use of Hyaluronic Acid and Hydrasalinol, ingredients that when applied intensely moisturise and is perfect for a parched skin.

Did you know?

In Chinese Philosophy, your health is written on your face. This interesting philosophy gives an outside view to inside health. Do you break out between brows or forehead? In Chinese philosophy, this area is related to the digestive system and so you may want to cut back on fatty rich foods! If you suffer from breakouts on the chin, it could be that you are suffering from stress or a poor diet while hot ears can be a sign of too much coffee or alcohol.

Final Takeaway

Healthy skin is a reflection of your overall health and wellness, so feed your skin by combining a great skin routine along with a well-rounded diet.