You are what you eat, they say, and to no part of your body is this truer than your skin.
Eating the wrong foods can leave your skin looking rough and dehydrated, while following a balanced diet full of the right vitamins and minerals will give your outer fabric a smooth, healthy glow.
We look at the foods that are guaranteed to give you great skin (and are way cheaper than expensive face creams!).
It goes without saying that you should already be using olive oil instead of butter (or heaven forbid, lard) when you cook, but did you know that it’s good for your skin as well as your waistline? By substituting saturated fats found in butter for healthier unsaturated fats you will help protect your skin from the inside out, banishing dry skin and wrinkles in the process.
Do you see dark circles under your eyes when you look in the mirror? This could mean that your diet is lacking in iron and eating a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables is a good way to reverse the unsightly problem. Beets, or beet juice, is particularly good, so don’t hold back!
|Dark, Leafy greens|
Greens such as spinach, cabbage, kale and watercress are simply magnificent for your skin. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, C, E and iron, they keep your body healthy and your skin radiant. Leafy greens also contain B vitamins, which are known to boost energy levels and give you an extra healthy glow.
Vitamin C is great for your skin, but your body isn’t good at producing or storing it so you have to give it a helping hand. If you want to avoid early ageing, eat as much citrus fruit as you can; they help to keep collagen (which stops skin from drooping) levels high and protect you from lines and wrinkles.
Green tea is frequently used as an ingredient in face creams because it is overflowing with antioxidants which plump up your skin and leave it looking ultra-healthy. Try and wean yourself off regular tea and on to this herbal wonder instead.
Packed with vitamins A, which fights infections and is therefore good for preventing acne, and C, which we already know boosts your collagen supply and gives you a stunning complexion. It’s difficult to know what to do with them some time, so if in doubt, make soup!
|Nuts and Seeds|
Nuts and seeds, like green tea, contain nutrients which are increasingly being used in expensive face creams, such as vitamin A which fights skin damage. Don’t be put off by the high fat content, nuts and seeds contain ‘good’ fats which keep your body nourished and are good for your complexion.
Avocados have a bad reputation for being high in fat, but it is totally unfair! This scaly fruit is high in fat, but once again it is the good kind, or monounsaturated fats that are good for the complexion. If you suffer from dry or unhealthy looking skin, there are few better foods to pack into your diet.
The millions of good bacteria in probiotic yoghurt work wonders on your digestion and, as a result, are fantastic at replenishing parched skin. Yogurt is also good for the health of your nails and can be applied directly to the skin as a facemask, should you feel that way inclined!
Once again, it’s those amazing antioxidants and vitamins C and E in berries that keep your skin looking fresh, smooth and hydrated. And unlike some of the foods that are good for your skin, such as cabbage, they are amazingly tasty and simple to introduce them to your diet. Sprinkle them on your porridge or breakfast cereal for a skin-boosting start to the day.
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