As well as a good skin care routine, one way to help your skin look great is through your diet. Our skin is a reflection of what we eat, so keeping processed foods, take-aways and sugar intake low, and drinking plenty of water is the first step to glowing skin.
But you can take it further and add some of these foods into your diet and we think when you smile in the mirror next, you will love what you see.
Essential fatty acids
Things like omega-3 fatty acids are great for your skin, eyes and can help keep inflammation at bay as well. Having just two portions of fatty fish like salmon, anchovies, kippers, sardines, mackerel, and wild trout a week can make a glowing difference to your skin. If you are veggie or vegan, eating walnuts, chia seeds and hemp seed oil will give you a healthy boost, or go for a supplement that’s rich in algal oil.
Coconut oil is great for healthy skin and you can use it to cook with or as a moisturiser. You don’t need a lot because a little goes a long way, but give it a go and not only will it make your food better but it’ll make your skin soft and smooth and your hair will shine like never before.
These green fruits are really rich in the essential oils and B vitamins that nourish the skin and help it to glow with health. Whether you have with eggs, smash on toast or use as a face mask, make sure the odd avocado is on your shopping list.
Green, leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetables come packed with antioxidants, fibre and age-fighting phytochemicals as well as vitamin C and E – who knew? Try to go for three servings of either watercress, rocket, spinach, baby leaf salad or kale a day by adding to your main meals or popping in a skin glowing green smoothie.
Orange fruit and veg
Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, orange peppers, mango and oranges come with the vitamin A that helps to repair skin tissue and protects against the sun and free radicals that can cause wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone. The colour gives you a glow as well so enjoy a few portions everyday.
These little gems are packed with omega-3 fatty acids so sprinkle onto yogurt and into smoothies to get rid of spots and to smooth fine lines.
As well as drinking water during the day, you might want to try adding a cup or two of green tea as well. This natural hot drink reduces redness, swelling and irritation and is meant to be one of the best ways to deal with inflammation. It can be strong for newbies, so dunk and go to start with but as you get used to the bitter taste, and the impact it has on your skin, steep the bag for longer and let the goodness get to work.
Team Pure Beauty