Many women (me included) spend numerous hours and dollars striving for clear, vibrant, and healthy skin.
While some lotions and potions go a long way to help, the types of food you eat play a big part in your skin tone and quality in the short and long term.
Your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body.
If your skin is looking dehydrated there is a good chance the cells inside are also.
Think you’re already eating pretty healthy?
Well, there’s still a chance your diet can be low in key nutrients that are essential for healthy skin.
Here are some of my favourite foods to keep your skin glowing throughout the summer months:
1. Blueberries and pomegranates
These foods are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, such as anthocyanins, which help protect your skin from dryness and forming fine lines.
2. Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate (when made from raw cacao) is rich in flavonoids, which help protect your skin from sun damage.
Full of vital nutrients and antioxidants, spinach helps fight inflammation and free radical damage.
Walnuts are rich in omega 3 and vitamin E to make for smoother skin, healthier hair, and stronger bones.
Yoghurt contains zinc, which can help calm skin inflammation and cell regeneration.
Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, which can help protect the skin from sun damage.
7. Kiwi fruit
The vitamin C from Kiwi fruit stimulates collagen production and repairs damage to skin-cell DNA.
The isoflavones in these Japanese soybeans ease inflammation and slow down collagen breakdown.
9. Sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash
The body turns beta-carotene from these foods into skin-smoothing retinol.
10. Green tea
Green tea is rich in catechin antioxidants that can help prevent certain cancers and stave off sunburn.
While this list isn’t exhaustive, focusing on these main sources will give you a great start.
It goes without saying that the power of at least 6-8 glasses of clean drinking water daily, (ideally purified) cannot be underestimated if you want smooth, firm skin.