You know that saying “you are what you eat”? Well, it’s true. Keep your skin glowing with these nutrients from A to Z(inc).
Vitamin A. Eating foods rich in carotenoids — the phytochemicals that your body converts to vitamin A — is the safest way to get this nutrient that protects against dry skin. (Also packing vitamin A is shea butter, found in St. Ives Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion.) Eat: Carrots, butternut squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and mangoes.
Vitamin B complex. Especially important for new skin as well as growing hair and nails, this enhances circulation and prevents skin from cracking. Deficiencies in vitamins including B1, B3, and B12 can make skin more prone to acne, wrinkles, and itchiness. Eat: Chicken, fish, eggs, and kidney beans.
Vitamin C. Snacking on vitamin-C-rich fruits is great for healthy skin and teeth. Still This vitamin is a great antioxidant when applied to your skin, too. Try St. Ives Intensive Healing Body Lotion, which packs vitamin-C-rich cocoa butter. Eat: Oranges, grapefruit, papayas, strawberries, and kiwis.
Vitamin E. As an antioxidant, this vitamin protects skin against sun and other environmental damage by disarming those damaging — and wrinkle-causing — free radicals. This is also a great skin conditioner when rubbed on the skin like with St. Ives Daily Hydrating Vitamin E Body Lotion. Eat: Supplements are the best way to get the recommended 400 IU daily allowance, but also get some from nuts, olives, spinach, and asparagus.
Minerals. Calcium and zinc are key for healthy and radiant skin. Calcium makes strong bones and helps skin retain moisture, and zinc facilitates healing. They’re also both present in high amounts in many of the same foods and in St. Ives Mineral Therapy Moisturizing Body Wash. Eat: Milk, eggs, yogurt, and tofu.