Skin Health The skin is the largest organ of the body, covering nearly two square meters and accounts for around 16% of the total body weight. One square inch of skin contains approximatly: 250 sweat glands 25 Hairs 40 sebaceous glands 7.5 feet of blood vessels 30 feet of nerves with 7,500 sensory cells. With all this going on, it’s important we keep it as healthy as it can be, as much as we love serums and moisturisers, it also needs to be helped from the very inside and what we put inside our bodies. So whats the best to help our skin from the inside. Whilst we get alot of minerals and vitamins from our food, sometimes the amount we absorb from these is not enough and need to be supplemented with extra. Have a look below for our guide to your skin. Itchy/Flaky/Dry Skin – Evening Primrose Oil Oil from the evening primrose seeds is ric in gamma-linolenic acid, which can inhibit inflammatory metabolites and have hydrating properties to reduce itchiness and dryness. – Fish Oil Fish Oil contains two fatty acids, EPA and DHA, these inhibit arachidonic acid metabolism, reducing itching. – High Strength Multivitamins & Minerals Several nutrients are necessary for the conversion of fatty acids, which is why it’s important to take high strength vitamins and minerals along side fatty acid supplements. Oily Skin – Zinc Zinc is an anti inflamatory aswell as fighting viruses and bacteria, this can not only help reduce the oiliness of skin but can also reduce redness asociated with acne. – Vitamin E As an antioxidant, Vitamin E protects sebum secreted by the sebaceous gland and stablize it. This is useful when excess sebum is being created. When vitamin E is in its natural form (not topical preparations) it posses a higher biological activity and is absorbed and retained more readily by the body. – High Strenth Multivitamins & Minerals There are several nutrients that seem especially important for problem skin. Vitamin A builds resistance to skin infections and blemishes, when zinc is lacking the body cannot properly utilise vitamin A. B vitamins are also important for skin health, especially B2 and B5 as they reduce facial oiliness, chromium is also important as the skin’s glucose tolerance is significantly impaired with those suffering from oily skin. Easily Bruised Skin Suffering from frequent bruising can be a sign of underlying causes, anyone suffering from this should consult a doctor. – Anthocyanidins Natural plant anthocyanidins can help to reinforce and preserve collagen in the body. – Horse Chestnut Traditionally used for various circulatory disorders, horse chestnut is used for vascular insufficiencies including bruising. – Vitamin C (and Rutin) Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and free radical scavenger needed for tissue repair and is essential for skin health. It also plays an important role in maintaining the health of the blood vessels since they support collagen integrity. Always be sure to check for any medication interactions and check with your Doctor before starting any dietry supplements.