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Keeping your skin healthy at uni

Some tips and tricks on how to keep your skin healthy by Dee from our head office!

Uni life – fun, demanding, stressful, busy. Life at university as a student is busy – juggling your assignments, dissertations, revision, parties, sleeping, gym routine, socialising, some even have a part time job as well! Trying to fit in a skincare routine whilst on the go sounds too much, however with the help of food, it might just be easier than you think 😉 I mean after all, wouldn’t you like to have between 15 minutes to an hour extra in bed, as opposed to spending that time on skincare routines and make up? I know I would!

Your skin reflects what you eat, so make sure you are eating well. Lots of take outs, greasy oily chips, fizzy drinks, alcohol, snacking on the wrong food will make your dark circles stand out, will cause you bloating and dry & dull skin, and can even lead to acne. I mean, since when was dandruff even attractive?

Below are my top 5 tips on how to start a diet for radiant skin:

Water

H2O, Agua, paani, vesi, vosa, maji, biyaha, mul, shui, water will be your best friend. Now I know you hear this everywhere, but why is it important? Most of your vital organs require water to function. If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys won’t have enough fluid to function properly. So, instead of flushing excess waste through the bladder, your body holds on to these toxins – meaning it makes it difficult for your body to clear your skin from any dirt and bacteria – aka your welcoming in spots, acne, wrinkles etc. Drink more water and flush out these bad boys to give you clear, glowy, radiant, smooth skin.

Water also is known to pump moisture in the skin – so if you think you are already getting wrinkles, forget the £34.99 anti-wrinkle cream and start drinking 1 litre extra water every day for 6 weeks. Take your before and after photos and notice the difference. Stay consistent and you will be looking younger.

Water tastes bland. I don’t have time. I forget to drink water – do these excuses sound familiar? Start it off slow. Get a 500ml water bottle and put it by your bed. Here’s your challenge – aim to finish the bottle from waking up to by the time you leave the door. That’s ¼ of your water allowance done, woo! When your walking back to Student Roost from your lecture – aim to finish another 500ml of water. BOOM 1 litre down, 1 litre to go. Start off like this for a week, and then start increasing your intake. Add in some fruit teas to enhance flavour, or better yet, cut some cucumber or strawberries and add them in the bottle.

Add Some Colour

Make your dinner plate as colourful as possible. Not only does it look so appetizing to eat but it’s so beneficial for your skin. Different foods contain different vitamins and minerals so ensure you eat a variety to get these benefits.

Greens – Broccoli, Avocado, Green Beans, Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, all amazing for skin. Green foods are full of vitamins A (wrinkle busting), C (glowy skin), E(slows down aging), K (bye dark circles) and B vitamins (luscious hair and peaked energy levels yes please)! Yes, they may not taste great on their own, but there are simple ways to include them into your diet. Make a smoothie with spinach as your base. Spread some mashed Avocado on toast for breakfast. Broccoli and Cannelloni beans soup? Yes please!

Red/Orange - Tomatoes, Red Onion, Radish, Carrots, not only gives you the radiance factor but helps keep those wrinkles away! Tomatoes are full of Lycopene (antioxidants) that give them their red colour, and when eaten, it makes it easier for your body to absorb specific antioxidants. So how does it benefit the skin? UV Radiation & Pigmentation (keeps our skin looking youthful), Acne Fighting (no spots), Anti-inflammatory (bye bye red skin, spots, psoriasis controlled)… do I need to give you any more reason to eat Spag Bol?

Citrus – oranges, lemon, kiwi, lime, grapefruit…who doesn’t love a bit of zing in their life! Citrus fruits are high in citric acid and tend to be quite juicy.

**Fun fact alert – the white “hair bits” on an orange that you pull off, that is what helps provide nutrition to the fruit as it goes.**

Citrus fruits are full of Vitamin C – which helps your skin look youthful. It’s super important to eat Vitamin C rich foods as it helps it increases the collagen in our skin (bye bye aging) and our skin doesn’t produce collagen. Collagen provides strength and structure to your hair too! Vitamin C also helps prevent pigmentation – why else do you think a fruit peel in salons give you brighter skin? Got unwanted dandruff? Want to lose a little weight? Eat some oranges and grapefruit. Or, get 2 for 1 and mix some lemon slices or grapefruit slices into your water and reap both benefits!

Healthy Fats and Omega 3

Salmon. Yum. Avocado. Yum. Dark chocolate covered walnuts. Double YUM!

Omega rich foods help your skin in ways that will shock you! Omega 6 fatty acids are responsible for maintaining healthy membranes around skin cells, however a lack of omega 6 in your diet can result in a reduction of the skins ability to absorb and retain water – causing dehydration, dry flaky skin, dandruff! Omega 3 nourish your skin and are important for radiance and softness!

Fatty types of fish like salmon and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids that are linked to reducing inflammation, which help keep skin moisturised. They are also a good source of high-quality protein, vitamin E and zinc. Not only does this help with skin but eating Salmon twice a week gives you amazing hair too. Avocados are high in healthy fats and contain vitamins E and C, which are important for healthy skin! Dark chocolate is made from cocoa which contains antioxidants to improve blood flow – get those antioxidants flowing around your body!

Vitamins and Minerals

Do you have weak nails? You need zinc. Hair fall? You need zinc. Go eat Pumpkin Seeds.

Dark circles? You need vitamin K. Go eat some Spinach.

Dull Skin? You need Vitamin C. Go eat some peppers.

 

Fruit and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that are needed on a daily basis. Vitamin B not only provides you energy, but also helps with skin (Vitamin B5) and hair too (Vitamin B12 – Avocado)! Vitamin A ensures healthy skin and keeps wrinkles at bay so devour in some sweet potato fries or carrot sticks as snacks. Vitamin E (almond milk mixed with cacao powder is a win) is helps get rid of acne and prevents skin from radical damage. Vitamin K helps heals with wounds and bruises – so those dark circles after late night revisions will disappear when you start eating kale, cabbage, and drink some milk.

 

It sounds a lot of hard work.. but its not. Start off slow, slowly incorporate foods into your diet and watch your skin turn around. Google “one-pan-sheet meals” for the best meal prep. It requires 5 minutes prep, 20-30 minutes in the oven, and 10 minutes of tastiness in your mouth and there is enough food for 4 nights!

 

Start off slow, drink water everyday, and aim to create a colourful plate and watch your skin glow! And make sure you keep your whole body healthy so you can be up and active when studying and socialising.