Heavy pollution and environmental factors such as the sun, the stress of balancing work and family life, along with unhealthy eating habits, healthy skin has become an elusive concept for us. Most of us complain about acne, uneven skin tone, blemishes and pimples. Makeup can hide them, but a healthy diet keeps them at bay. If we can modify our diet by including organic foods and following the basic cleansing, toning and moisturising regime, it is possible to acquire healthy skin.
Organic foods have exploded in popularity over the last two decades and are considered as a healthier option over the conventional food, especially for healthy skin. Organic food means the food that has been grown or farmed without the use of artificial chemicals, hormones, antibiotics or genetically modified organisms. Organic food is also free from additives, artificial colouring or flavouring.
As compared to conventional foods, organic foods are free from additives and contain more nutrients. Organic food is rich in antioxidants and certain micronutrients. An antioxidant is a molecule which prohibits the oxidation of other molecules in the body. The human body naturally produces free radicals and antioxidants neutralise the body by removing the free radicals. Antioxidants are essential as they slow down cell damage and boost healthy skin. Antioxidants reverse the effects of ageing, reduce wrinkles and scars and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Organic food is also rich in zinc, which is one of the most important minerals for healthy skin. Zinc increase regeneration of skin cells and strengthens cell membranes. Zinc, when combined with Vitamin C, helps to maintain collagen levels and thus boosts healthy skin.
Organic dairy products contain a higher level of omega-3 fatty acids and higher amounts of iron, vitamin E and carotenoids. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation in the body and reduce the risk of acne and other skin problems by decreasing insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) and preventing hyper keratinisation of sebaceous follicles. Omega-3 fatty acids help to improve overall skin condition as well as reduce scaling, erythema and pruritis. They also inhibit inflammation in the skin caused by UV radiation and even reduce the risk of skin cancer. Consuming organic dairy products lead to smoother and younger looking skin.
Vitamin E is another essential nutrient for promoting healthy skin and is found in high amounts in organic foods. Vitamin E acts as a moisturiser to heal the dehydrated and parched skin. It also reverses premature skin ageing, lightens dark spots, treats stretch marks, acts as a cleansing agent and soothes pain from cold sores.
Loaded with so many benefits, organic foods not only boost healthy skin but the overall health. It is often expensive than its conventional counterpart, but if you set some priorities, it is possible to purchase organic food and it proves to be cost-effective in the long run. By adopting organic diet you can avoid major and minor skin ailments, which implies less money spent on spa visits for skin rejuvenating treatments such as photo facial which is done using microdermabrasion machine provided by Universal IPL, to treat skin disorders.