Inside and out: 4 fabulous foods for your skin

1.     Seaweed

This nutrient-rich algae has been revered for centuries for its abundance of minerals. Internally, it is a source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, and E, and minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chromium, iodine, zinc and other trace elements. Brilliant for supporting Thyroid function which in turn is good for metabolism and healthy skin. Sprinkle Dulse (a type of seaweed) flakes in soups, stocks, stews, miso, stirfrys or savoury dishes. Alternatively, use to ‘salt' pasta or potato boiling water. Topically, it is a powerful source of hydration without overwhelming the skin. Find Sea Algae Extract in our Kypris Antioxidant Dew and Moonlight Catalyst.

2.     Papaya

This delicious exotic fruit gives us hints of goodness with its beautiful colour. The orangey-red indicates the high beta-carotene content and it is brimming with vitamin C. Most importantly, it contains an enzyme called Papain which aids in digestion of proteins. One of my favourite snacks is a papaya ‘boat’. Simply scoop the seeds out of half a papaya, fill with organic full-fat yoghurt and sprinkle some activated nuts and seeds over top. Completely delicious and nutritious. Fortunately, the benefits of Papain extend to the skin and are amazing when used topically. Enzymes work to break down the bonds between dead skin cells, leaving you with a softer, smoother complexion. Find it in our Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator. This superb product is both a manual and chemical exfoliant. On damp skin, gently work the product in circular motions and then leave for 10-30 minutes while the enzymes work to further exfoliate the skin. Genius. 

3.     Pumpkin seeds

A truly valued source of zinc. Need I say more? Just in case you’ve forgotten, zinc is found in every cell in the body and is necessary for skin integrity, a healthy immune system, happy hormones and for the repair of genetic material. Make sure your pumpkin seeds have been activated (a process of soaking and dehydrating to reduce a naturally occurring substance called phytates which otherwise impedes absorption of minerals). Pumpkin seed oil is found in our favourite Neroli Cleansing Oil by Wildcrafted Organics.

4.     Cucumber

The humble cucumber is surprisingly high in polyphenols aka antioxidants and can potentially inhibit the activity of pro-inflammatory enzymes like cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2). It has a pleasing nutrient profile and should be enjoyed regularly. I always swear by the age-old remedy of placing a slice of cucumber over each eye to reduce puffiness. Soothing cucumber extract can be found in Therapie Restore Aura Spray.