The importance of nutrition to the health of our skin is clear from the serious skin problems that are seen with many nutrient deficiencies.
Vitamins A and C, the B vitamins, riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3), iodine and zinc all contribute to the maintenance of normal skin. Deficiency in these nutrients can impact on skin health.
A primary cause of skin ageing is exposure to UV radiation in sunlight. Other lifestyle factors like smoking, stress and excessive alcohol consumption can also contribute to skin ageing.
Fats are essential to maintain the structure of the skin, providing a kind of “mortar” between the “bricks” of the skin cells, preventing water loss and keeping the skin hydrated. Many people do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids in their diets.
The best sources of Omega-3s are oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, which provide the long-chain variety, but you can also get shorter-chain Omega-3 fatty acids from nuts (particularly walnuts) and seeds, and oils like rapeseed and flaxseed.
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British Nutrition Foundation. ‘Five Fast Facts on Nutrition and Skin’.