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Despite common belief, skincare is not a concern purely of vanity. A person’s skin is actually a major indicator of health and is also the largest organ of the human body. So, why do we trivialize skin concerns as mere teenage issues or as beauty concerns of the narcissistic? The condition of a person’s skin can indicate the quality of one’s diet, and here at SmartStuff, we believe in healing from the inside out. Add these powerful nutrients to your diet alongside our skincare products and you’ll be unstoppable in the face of weather extremes.

Water
It’s nature’s most vital nutrient and your skin will happily thank you for consuming plenty of it. We all know that water takes up nearly 75% of our body composition, but tend to overlook all the duties it performs for our bodies. Water helps metabolize body fat, lubricates and cushions organs, aids digestion, transports other nutrients, and flushes toxins from your body. Without healthy water consumption, how are all those great nutrients you’re consuming going to have a total effect? And how else will your body get rid of ugly toxins damaging your body? Aim to drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water daily for bright, glowing skin.


Omega-3s

The human body is unable to produce essential fats on it’s own, so omega-3s have to come from our diets. “Fat” isn’t a word your should fear, as essential fats from foods like salmon, chia seeds, and flaxseeds, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that help with skin repair and moisture content--resulting in younger looking, smoother skin.


Zinc

This mineral controls oil production in our skin and certain hormones that contribute towards producing acne. Even if you don’t suffer from acne, this mineral can help maintain clear, youthful skin. Some great sources of zinc include pumpkin seeds, ginger, nuts, and oats.

Selenium

Found in foods like wheat germ, tuna, salmon, garlic, eggs, and brown rice, Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that is responsible for skin firmness, elasticity, and prevents skin damage from UV light. Selenium promotes absorption of Vitamin E, so if you want to reap full benefits, pair a food rich in selenium with a vitamin E rich food. Salmon and asparagus is a delicious combination.


Silica

Some of the best food sources of silica include leeks, green beans, garbanzo beans, cucumber, asparagus, and strawberries. This mineral is essential for healthy skin, as it aids in skin elasticity and strengthens the body’s connective tissues. A diet lacking silica can cause the body to struggle with healing wounds and reduced elasticity (sags and wrinkles). If you consume a diet rich in silica, it can be extremely effective for slowing down the signs of aging skin.


Vitamin C

We constantly hear praise for Vitamin C and it isn't unwarranted. Vitamin C is an amazing, powerful antioxidant that is responsible for creating and maintaining collagen, which is a substance that aids in the skin's elasticity and strength. While Vitamin C can be naturally found in the skin, the nutrient is water-soluble, meaning that our bodies do not consistently store much of it in our systems. That's why it's so important to incorporate a sufficient daily intake of this vitamin in your diet. Some of the best food sources of Vitamin C are not limited to the common knowledge of citrus fruits (like oranges), but can be found in bell peppers, broccoli, and kale.


Vitamin A

We've all heard the common piece of advice of carrots for bright eyes and strong nails--but the nutrient doesn't stop at just that. Vitamin A is known for preventing wrinkles, encouraging healthy skin production, and protecting skin from infections. Vitamin A is actually a compound of nutrients that includes Beta-carotene, which our body converts into the retinol (most popular ingredient in anti-aging creams) form of Vitamin A. Some of the best food sources of Vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, romaine lettuce, and kale.