From moisturisers to face masks, there are so many means of boosting the overall appearance of your skin. However, here I look at a few more unusual ways to improve skin health. From vitamins and minerals to a little known sugar called hyaluronic acid, there are so many natural skin-boosting ingredients available!
1) Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring connective tissue that can be found throughout the body, including in the skin.1 However, it is also present in many skin care products because of the benefits it can have here. It helps the skin to store water for example, encouraging a firmer, fuller and even shinier looking complexion. So, it effectively keeps the skin hydrated, discouraging dehydrated skin which can look dull and loose.
As we age our body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid slows down so this explains why it is a key ingredient in many creams and serums for ageing skin. Hyaluronic acid plumps out the skin thus reducing the appearance of lines, as well as the overall texture of the skin.
What’s more, hyaluronic acid also acts as a moisturiser as it pulls water into the skin to keep it hydrated and healthy.
So, where can you find this beneficial ingredient? Well, Inika’s Organic Pure Primer with Hyaluronic Acid is a great place to start. Not only does it give the skin a lovely glow, it’s also incredibly soothing and can be used on dry and sensitive skin.
2) Sea buckthorn berries
These little berries which, surprisingly, aren't found amongst sea weed and kelp, can do wonders for the skin! That's because the pulp of sea buckthorn berries contains omega 7, a fatty acid that, for a variety of reasons, can promote healthy skin.orn plant meaning they are bursting with natural omega 7 that’ll boost overall skin health.
Omega 7 is a source of collagen for example, which nourishes and strengthens the skin. So, by contributing to the healing of cells, collagen protects skin cells and, in turn, maintains the overall health of the skin.
However, if this wasn’t enough to convince you that sea buckthorn is the must-have ingredient to improve skin health, let me tell you that it is also loaded with vitamin C which is known to reduce signs of aging.2 So, if you’d like to rejuvenate your skin with this super plant, I’d recommend you try a supplement such as Pharma Nord’s Omega 7 Sea buckthorn Oil Capsules. These are made solely from the berries of the sea buckthorn plant meaning they are bursting with natural omega 7 that’ll boost overall skin health.
No, I don’t mean ketchup is the new must-have moisturiser, rather, fresh tomatoes which contain vitamin C can, as I’ve already mentioned, improve skin health.
By encouraging synthesisation of a protein called collagen, vitamin C helps to keep the skin looking firm and free from wrinkles. This explains why it’s present in a lot of anti-ageing skin care products.
However, it’s also believed to reduce swelling in the blood vessels meaning it can even help with skin conditions such as rosacea and acne. Also, vitamin C contains a de-pigmenting agent so it can contribute to smoother, more even coloured skin.
Vitamin C cannot be produced by the body so it must be consumed, which is where tomatoes come in! Alongside oranges and leafy greens, these are full of vitamin C so, when eaten regularly, could improve skin health.
To maximise your vitamin C intake you could also try a vitamin C supplement such as A.Vogel’s Nature-C which contains all natural vitamin C from a variety of fruits. This means it’s easy to absorb and fast acting.
4) Pumpkin seeds
Due to their high content of zinc, pumpkin seeds are last in my list of unusual ingredients to boost skin health. Zinc helps to relieve inflammation and scaring associated with acne, plus it can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that appear on aging skin.
As well as eating plenty of pumpkin seeds to get you quota of zinc, you could also try a supplement such as our Skin Formula. This contains a mixture of beneficial vitamins and minerals including zinc, vitamin C, vitamin B3 and vitamin A which together help to promote healthy skin.