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How to: moisturise from the inside

G Magazine

Eco-beauty guru and G columnist Carla Oates explains how foods can help improve your skin.

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An Omega 3, essential fatty acid deficiency can result in skin problems such as chronic itching, dryness, scaling
and thinning, and lead to an imbalance in prostaglandins (chemical messengers that do many things, such as control inflammation).

Omega 3 fatty acids also strengthen the cell wall, helping to retain moisture, therefore improving hydration. Foods rich in omega 3 include flaxseeds, chia seeds and cold-water fish such as sardines and salmon.

Anti-oxidants may play a pivotal role in skin hydration by preventing skin lipids from oxidizing and also by helping to prevent sun damage.

Research shows that the antioxidant lutein and its associated molecule zeaxanthin, found in green leafy vegetables and egg yolks increased skin hydration by 38 percent, skin elasticity by 8 percent and the level of superficial lipids present in the skin by 33 percent.

Results also showed that lutein decreased oxidation of those beneficial lipids by 55 percent. Keeping the body and skin hydrated from within is essential for the body to carry out all its metabolic functions, including
detoxification, promoting a finer complexion and skin barrier system.

Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. A little bit of fresh juice added to the water aids in hydration.