Up those antioxidants for more radiant skin…

Posted by Rachael Phillips on 3rd Jun 2014

One of the messages that I try to get out to people on a regular basis is how beauty actually starts in the kitchen. You can have a make up bag full of the most expensive products but if your diet is poor then you’re going to find that your skin follows the same route.

In reality for perfect skin then you need to overhaul your diet and ensure that you’re eating foods rich in anti-oxidants and that contain vitamins such as C, E and K.

Here’s a quick guide to eating your way to fabulous skin…

Eat your fruits and veggies: This is an obvious one, you know that to have a healthy diet (and therefore a healthy complexion) you need to be eating your quota of fruits and vegetables in order protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals (ie smoking, pollution, sunlight etc).

  • Try to eat at least one citrus fruit a day such as an orange or drink lemon water (that way you get your water hit at the same time), this will boost your vitamin C levels. Other Vitamin C boosting fruits are blueberries, strawberries, papaya, and kiwi fruits.
  • Pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes are all excellent forms of Betacarotene which will convert to vitamin A - which is a key vitamin for super, healthy skin.
  • Learn to love Kale as its essentially a powerhouse in the vitamin stakes producing vitamin a, b6, c and k.
  • Pears are majorly underrated. They are so high in B vitamins that they will fight those free radicals and help maintain blood flow.

Nuts and Seeds: Nuts contain Biotin which if you take a look at the nail, hair and skin supplements on the market you’ll see is an active ingredient. You should also incorporate chia seeds into your diet, they can be put in to smoothies or sprinkled on salads but they are rammed full of omega-3 that helps skin stay hydrated. Nuts also have vitamin E which will protect against cell damage.

Fish: Fish such as salmon is great for keeping skin inflammation at bay. It’s a healthy source of protein and another great source of omega-3. Fish also has zinc which will repair skin damage and keep your skin soft.

Herbs: Herbs are great for solving skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis. Garlic, cumin, rosemary and ginger are all excellent anti-inflammatories.

Changing your diet won’t give you model like skin overnight but keep eating clean and within 4-6 weeks you’ll notice a huge difference. Your skin will glow and you’ll be camera ready from the moment you open your eyes. 

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