Secrets to sensational summer skin

Secrets to sensational summer skin

With summer well underway it is more important than ever to look after our skin. We are all aware of the detrimental effect the sun can have on our skin. We are constantly reminded to “slip, slop, slap”, but you can also up your protection from the inside out.

Dermatologists are now beginning to argue that skin ages due to the effects of free radicals, which reduce the skin's ability to heal and regenerate. This results in skin slackness, discolouration, wrinkles, and a loss of elasticity. Skin blemishes (hyperpigmentation) are most commonly seen following sun exposure but may also follow inflammatory changed in the skin. 

By supporting our bodies with supplemental vitamins, minerals and plant antioxidants, we can bolster our body’s own natural antioxidant defense system, reducing free radical damage to our skin. Antioxidants are free radical neutralisers that help our skin to regenerate, reduce the ageing process and care for our skin inside and out. 

Great skin requires the right nutrients
Healthy glowing skin comes not only from a careful skincare regime but also from within. Our bodies need a greater antioxidant supply than we can receive even from the most “ideal” diet. That’s why everybody needs plenty of antioxidants from fruit and vegetables, plus effective supplemental antioxidants to further stop and neutralise the impact of free radicals.

Grape seed extract is a rich source of OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) and is therefore an excellent antioxidant to protect cells from free radical damage. Studies have shown that grape seed extract helps the renewal of collagen and elastin in the skin and blood vessels, and inhibits the enzymes involved in collagen destruction. Grape seed extract is also highly bioavailable and provides greater antioxidant protection than beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.  

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger, which also enhances glutathione, a natural antioxidant produced in our body that diminishes as we age. 

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are incorporated in cell membranes and are essential for healthy skin cells that can retain moisture. The body cannot manufacture EFAs so they must be provided in the diet. Signs of deficiency may include dry scaly skin, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, poor healing and itchy skin. Flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil and fish oil all provide important EFAs to promote optimal skin health and hydration, maintain balanced oil production, and reduce inflammation.


Coconut oil is nature's perfect moisturiser. Not only is it highly beneficial for internal use but pure coconut oil is becoming the new trend in skin care - make sure you try it in its pure form to get the best results. It helps to improve the moisture lipid content of your skin. Apply after a shower of bath when you skin is warm and slightly damp for the best absorption. 

Lyophilised marine protein provides amino acids to supply the building blocks needed to make proteins, including collagen and elastin. This aids skin repair and regeneration and promotes new cell growth.

Marine collagen extract provides components to maintain the collagen-containing tissues within the skin. This is important because the breakdown of collagen and elastin is key in the loss of elasticity, plumpness and resilience in ageing skin, and can be the underlying problem to cellulite, spider veins and varicose veins.

Acerola fruit is a natural source of vitamin C which helps repair tissues, maintain collagen and provide antioxidant effects. A deficiency of vitamin C can disrupt collagen formation.

Zinc is an extremely important mineral for healthy skin and cell repair because it is an essential nutrient for the formation of collagen. A deficiency is associated with dry skin, stretch marks, white spots on nails, and brittle nails and hair.

Horsetail is a natural source of silica which is concentrated in the skin, hair, nails, and bones and provides strength and resilience in these tissues.

Good Health’s Imaglow™ contains marine collagen and lyophilised marine protein, EPO®, silica, calcium and zinc. Vitamin C enhances the action of the marine collagen, which supports the action of collagen within our skin. Nourishing the skin from the inside, helps maintain the moisture which keeps skin healthy and radiant.  


Dietary weapons against ageing

Diet plays a crucial role in skincare. If the body is not receiving the basic ingredients required to create healthy new cells and support their function, the outward appearance of the skin will suffer. A diet that is low in additives, refined and processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol but high in fresh vegetables and fruit, healthy fats and quality protein is fundamental for glowing, healthy skin.

A healthy diet should include plenty of (organic where possible) vegetables and fruit that are rich in beta-carotene, flavonoids, cruciferous vegetables, foods rich in selenium, zinc and vitamin C. Below is a guideline that shows good dietary sources that may increase antioxidants within the body:

Protein is integral to the structure of all body tissues. It is fundamental for skin replenishment as protein forms the collagen and elastin that keeps skin plump and firm. Poor protein intake impairs skin renewal and integrity as the basic building blocks for skin and connective tissue are not being provided.

Vitamin C rich foods that increase antioxidants include kiwifruit, cranberries, blackcurrants, strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, papaya, capsicums and citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, tangerines and grapefruit.

Carotenoids provide beta-carotene. This is converted by the body into vitamin A, which is crucial for skin cell renewal. These potent phytochemicals (plant chemicals) are the fat-soluble pigments abundant in yellow, orange, red and green fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene and related carotene foods include spirulina, carrots, squash, yams, sweet potatoes, apricots and raw carrot juice. Green leafy vegetables are a source of alpha-carotene, and tomatoes are a good source of lycopene.

Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower have antioxidant capabilities because of their high vitamin C and flavonoid content.

Zinc rich foods include pumpkin, sunflower seeds, oysters and meats (including seafood).

Antioxidant herbs include garlic, turmeric, onions, ginger and rosemary.


It’s clear that we all need to make looking after our skin a priority, but sometimes it can all seem a bit overwhelming. It doesn’t need to be!

Here are 5 easy ways to enhance your skin:

· Protect your skin from UV exposure
· Avoid smoking, excessive caffeine, alcohol and sugar
· Drink plenty of pure water
· Exercise daily
· Relax and de-stress regularly


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