Vitness Elderflower & Chilli
Human beings are the only mammals on Earth that enthusiastically eat chilli peppers. Chilli experts have concluded that our ancestors indulged in this masochistic pleasure because they found medicinal value in it.
Here at Vitness, we love the humble chilli and all it can do for skin and health, so what exactly are the benefits of eating (and drinking!) chillies?
Chillies are packed with Vitamin C, a nutrient that is essential for collagen synthesis. Since collagen is the support structure that keeps the skin firm, soft and smooth, chillies are a great skin food.
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant so it helps to repair the damage done by free radicals such as UV, pollution, processed foods and stress.
An excellent source of Vitamin A, chillies are a friend to your skin. Vitamin A regulates the production of oil in the skin, making it a great dietary supplement for oily and dry skin alike. It also helps to blitz pigmentation, boosts the production of collagen and increases skin cell turnover, keeping skin young looking and smooth.
Vitamin E is a great healer and anti-ageing all rounder. As an antioxidant, it disrupts free radical damage and studies have shown it has a positive effect on sun damaged skin, helping to reduce the appearance of age-spots, lines and wrinkles.
Anti-inflammatory & Analgesic
Chillies have scientifically proven anti-inflammatory and pain killing properties thanks to the presence of capsaicin, the active compound also responsible for the burning sensation. Anti-inflammatory foods like chilli can help clear up blemish-prone skin and reduce conditions like eczema and dermatitis whilst calming irritation and redness.