When it comes to clients wanting supple, hydrated skin, especially in the depths of winter, they may not realize that some of the ingredients they've been applying to their skin topically can actually do wonders in their diet as well.
We know avocado is always a little extra, but it could be exactly what the esthetician ordered if clients can't escape their dry, flaky skin. While avocado has many benefits, one is that it is filled with healthy fats, and these healthy fats are particularly helpful in moisturizing the skin. Let your clients know that since the fat is really what can help to hydrate the skin they can enjoy avocados in all kinds of ways including swapping out whatever cooking oil they are using with avocado oil.1,2
There's one thing we're really focused on when discussing salmon, and that is how it is rich with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 can help lock water into your skin so that it doesn't evaporate in the dry air. While there are other foods that can definitely help your clients get omega-3 fatty acids, fish has the most potent forms of the fat and also contain the most.3
When the chilly, winter air hits, many people sweat less and forget that they still need plenty of water to hydrate the body and skin. This is definitely something all clients should have easy access to and definitely not forget about if they want to get the most out of their hydrating treatments.3
Fruits and Veggies
There are some specific fruits and vegetables we wanted to be sure to mention. In general, a diet filled with colorful fruits and vegetables will definitely help rather than hurt your skin. More specifically, the skin can gather beta-carotene, vitamin C and antioxidants that can help with the skin's growth and repair as well as preventing water loss.3
Cucumber. This green vegetable is made up of 95% water, which means they act almost identical to water would when it comes to hydrating the skin.2
Squash. Say hello to beta-carotene. Squash, especially winter squash, is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which gets converted into vitamin A.2
Grape Fruit. Being a citrus fruit, this is potent in vitamin C as well as lycopene. This combination helps the skin stay smooth and resilient.1
Berries. These include high amounts of water with lower amounts of sugar, which will have your clients basically eating their water.
Good skin from the inside out is not a new concept, but that doesn't mean you can't remind your clients of its amazing benefits before or after a treatment.