The Vitamin Beauty Cabinet You Didn't Know You Needed

Monday, February 26, 2018

Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.

This saying comes from Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French lawyer and politician from the 18th and early 19th century who became a famous gastronome. It’s in an essay published shortly before his death, The Physiology of Taste - Physiologie du goût in French – that he explained the idea that food defines species and people. Brillat-Savarin was also one of the first to suggest protein-rich diets for health reasons, understand that high-carb diets can be linked to obesity. He also notes in his Physiology of Taste that there is a clear correlation between the physical appearance of a person and the food they consume, recommending that eaters who struggle with oily skin adopt a grease-reduced diet.

As surprising as it might sound, this lawyer who died almost 200 years ago gave recommendations that we can still use in today’s beauty routine. Naturally, there is no need to forget about skin and hair care products and vitamin supplements. But while these matter, it is even more important to make your diet your number one priority in your beauty routine. What do you need to keep in your beauty cabinet to maintain your good and healthy look? Beauty, as it happens, doesn’t start in the bathroom. It begins in the kitchen.

Can you eat yourself beautiful?

Give your skin what it needs

Your skin is the largest external organ in your body. Consequently, it is quick to show issues in your diet and care regime. Indeed, flawless skin is not God-given but is the result of attentive nourishing and cleaning. In a previous article on the blog,, you can find the essential tips to help you get your skin back under control. Lack of hydration is the most common mistake when it comes to maintaining healthy-looking skin. Indeed, when you don’t drink enough water, your skin feels dehydrated which will enhance the fine lines and under eye bags. It doesn’t take much to improve your skin elasticity: As a general rule of the thumb, drinking 8 glasses of water a day can visibly transform your appearance. Naturally, the choice of skin care products is important too. Priming, exfoliating and protecting your skin can preserve its youthful appearance for longer. However, as local applications can’t solve everything, you will need to give your skin the vitamins it needs to remain healthy in the first place. Vitamin A, for instance, which you can find in sweet potatoes, carrots and dairy products, is essential in encouraging skin cell repair. Vitamin C, which is commonly found in citrus fruits but can also come from tomatoes, brussels sprouts and many other greens, is a natural antioxidant that keeps your skin firm and elastic. Vitamin K can help to reduce dark circle and spider veins. And finally, folic acid is indispensable for the creation of new cells.

Vitamin C: Orange juice

Healthy and shiny hair

Everybody wants healthy looking hair. But, more often than not, your hair might need a little boost to grow healthily. If you're struggling to get a head full of shiny and strong hair, you might want to kick hair growth with specialist shampoos: Additionally, it’s essential to support the health of your hair follicles with the right diet. Just like your skin needs vitamin A to encourage repair, your hair needs it for protection. Indeed, vitamin A helps to produce a healthy oily substance, sebum, which keeps your hair from drying out and becoming brittle. However, be careful not to consume too much vitamin A as this might lead to hair loss. Inositol can help to prevent hair loss and is found in beans, citrus fruits and whole grains.

Strong immune system

Ultimately, your appearance can be affected by illnesses. Just as a cold will make your skin look dull, it appears logical that a strong immune system can facilitate your beauty routine. When your body is healthy, you look naturally healthy and beautiful. But the consumption of superfoods can help you to improve your look. Yogurt, for instance, and especially those containing live active cultures can help to keep your gut and intestines free of disease. A daily 7-ounce dose can keep you healthy throughout the winter! Garlic is also extremely helpful in combating infection, making you less likely to catch a cold.

The food for a healthy mind

You may not consider your brain to be part of your beauty routine, but a healthy brain is essential to maintain all vital body functions such as skin repair, hormonal flow and hair growth. Needless to say that fueling your brain with the vitamins it needs is key to maintaining your good looks. Magnesium, for instance, present in spinach and avocados, is used in over 50 processes in the brain. It is connected to energy production, ensuring that you can transform your food into energy without putting on weight. Vitamin D too can affect your ability to maintain your weight.

Eat yourself to peacefulness

You might not think about it, but your ability to relax is closely linked to your appearance. Stress can indeed affect your sleeping and eating patterns, causing transformation in your presentation. While you shouldn’t indulge in comfort food to take the edge off a stressful situation, you need to know that the regular consumption of certain foods can help to reduce your stress levels. According to Bustle, dark chocolate is a great go-to ally when you’re stressed out. Admittedly, you need to keep it in manageable doses, 1.4 ounces per day is enough to do its magic. Yoghurt can help to soothe your gut and ease stomach pains related to anxiety. So that’s an idea for a healthy stress-free snack!

Dark chocolate reduces stress

The food you don’t need in your beauty cabinet

Ultimately the list of what you need in your beauty cabinet is long. But so is the list of what shouldn’t be in your cabinet too! Sugary drinks increase your caloric consumption and can be linked to fatty liver disease, affecting your look and health. Don’t try to compensate with low-fat yoghurts as these don’t contain any healthy bacteria to keep your gut healthy.

Ultimately, you are what you eat. And if you eat healthy food that fuels your body with all the right nutrients, you will find that your beauty routine requires as many skin and hair care products to achieve positive results.

1 comment:

  1. Never knew that about dark chocolate. I have just start to like dark chocolate.


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