If we are what we eat, then just how does what we eat show through our skin? The party season is fast approaching and we’re all thinking about how to look our best. So, the best place to start is with our diet – we’re thinking about what we can consume plenty of to keep that dewy, youthful and clear skin. Eating your way to good skin has never been so easy with our four pointers.
It’s quite easy to forget that the more you drink (and make it a good one like water, low-fat milk or sugar-free drinks including tea and coffee), the more hydrated your skin will be. Sipping on something consistently throughout the day replenishes the water levels in your skin – we should be aiming for 1.5l daily.
It’s recommended we eat at least one portion of oily fish for a healthy diet but it also does a lot of good for our skin too. This is due to the beneficial omega 3 which basically acts as one of the best internal moisturisers we could use, as it helps supply building blocks for healthy skin cells. Look out for salmon, mackerel and fresh tuna next time you’re food shopping.
Essential for its collagen production properties, we can get vitamin C from lots of delicious sources like mango, kiwis, strawberries, oranges, broccoli and peppers. Collagen is the magic protein we need to maintain healthy skin and studies have shown that a higher vitamin C intake contributes to the appearance of smoother skin with less wrinkles.
Spinach is one of our top choices here – not only is it packed with folate which helps DNA repair and can help reduce wrinkles, it contains plenty of antioxidants to keep your skin clear. In fact, by upping your intake of leafy green vegetables, you’ll help your skin cells’ ability to renew themselves and boost your skin tone. Don’t forget about the all-important hydration you gain from the water in these greens.
If you thought you needed to spend lots on your make-up bag, we hope we’ve shown that there is a simpler way to achieve healthy skin. Why not take a look at our nutrient-packed ideas in the Super Smoothie Recipes book for tasty ways to drink your way to a glowing complexion?