Beautiful skin happens from the inside out. As new cells form, skin is constantly regenerating. The building block of gorgeous skin is healthy connective tissue, and to build the skin you want, you need these basic nutrients every day.
Making sure your skin is well hydrated helps to “fluff” collagen and minimize the appearance of dry skin, as well as slowing the development of wrinkles. Water helps your body detoxify, which takes stress off your skin and makes it more vibrant.
To help your skin maintain its moisture and lubrication, you need omega-3s, good fats, vitamin D, vitamin A, and carotenoids. Include in your diet plenty of orange and dark green produce, calendula petals, liver, and pasture-raised eggs. To be sure your diet is rich in good fats, include seafood and fatty cold water fish, nuts and seeds, and small amounts of wild or pasture-raised animal products. You can also take a fish oil and vitamin D supplement.
Silica strengthens collagen, keratin, elastin, and other forms of connective tissue. Super infusions, decoctions, simmered broths, and capsules of the herb horsetail are all high in silica. Whole grains and seeds, including rice, corn, oats, and flax are also good sources, along with nettle and oat straw. Gelatinous bone broth also provides a range of nutrients that support collagen and skin health.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C supports connective tissue and assists in the support of other nutrients. Rose hips, amla fruit citrus, strawberries, tomatoes, bell peppers and most fresh fruit and vegetables provide vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which improve the actions of the vitamin.
5. Amino acids
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are essential for building connective tissue. Eat complete sources of protein, and get vital amino acids in nuts, seeds, and dark leafy green vegetables.
6. Vulnerary herbs
Bulnerary herbs support the repair of wounds and connective tissues. They include gotu kola, calendula flowers, lavendar buds, St. John’s Wort buds and flowers, and plantain leaf, applied topically. Use these during wound healing and when you have skin health issues.