Skin is always much trickier in the winter months. Lack of sun, central heating, cold winds and constant hand washing (in my case!) to avoid catching the many bugs flying are just a few reasons why.
What we put inside our skin is just as important, if not more, than what we put on the outside. So, what are the key 5 things we can ingest for our skin?
I know, it’s obvious, but it’s the one thing our skin benefits most from. If we’re dry inside, we’ll be dry on the outside. We also need water to flush out waste and to help our body’s natural detoxification (which happens 24 hours a day). Drink at least a couple of litres a day and you’ll notice a difference within a week.
2. Omega 3
I would say that wouldn’t I!? But it is literally transformative. We get constant feedback from customers about the amazing effects on their skin. Why? High levels of Omega 3 have been shown to work on the phospholipid bilayer, helping it hold onto water, leading to more moisturised skin. Also, EPA (a type of Omega 3) is anti-inflammatory which needs no explanation as to why it helps skin. If internal inflammation is reduced, it’s reflected in our skin.
3. Marine Collagen
Marine collagen powder is best because it has a nearly identical chemical make-up to skin. Human collagen is made almost entirely of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline, in roughly the same ratio you find in marine collagen supplements.The peptide molecules in marine collagen are also much smaller in size than bovine collagen, making it more bioavailable.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and we all know it’s great for our immune system. It’s also a critical nutrient for skin. It’s found in high levels in both the dermis and epidermis and plays a big role in collagen synthesis. Liposomal supplements are better absorbed but it’s also very easy to get it from the diet by eating more broccoli, brussels sprouts and citrus fruits which are all in season right now.
Zinc is another brilliant antioxidant and also has great immune building properties. It’s lesser known for its role in skin but should be top of mind. It has so many roles to play, such as helping production of collagen and elastin. A lack of zinc can lead to acne, hair loss and skin lesions. It’s also linked to fatigue, reduced metabolic rate and low mood.
Bare Biology is offering our customers 20% off all products!*
Discount code: BAREBM19
Melanie Lawson is the Founder CEO of Bare Biology, the UK’s leading premium brand of Omega 3 fish oils and Marine Collagen.
*Valid on all single products and is one use per customer (excludes 6 packs, bundles and subscriptions). Offer ends 27th December 2019.