As the weather is consistently warmer and naturally we feel less need for thick, heavy makeup, we will inevitably look to skin care as our top beauty priority.
Often, one looks to the vast amount of skin serums, moisturisers, sprays, creams and even in some cases, tablets to acquire the summer skin of dreams (or let’s be honest, the skin of Miranda Kerr).
And while yes, there are some great products on the market to help you achieve the blemish free skin you so desire, there is also an easy alternative that you can add to your everyday routine and it comes in the form of food.
Listed below are the best foods to add into your everyday diet for glowing, healthy and blemish-free skin.
It is recommended that everybody start their day with some hot water and lemon as it detoxifies the body by helping the digestive system and liver eliminate waste quickly. Lemon can continue to be drunk throughout the day as well as being squeezed on top of salads and in green juices.
Adding these beta-carotene-rich starches into your daily diet can actually combat lacklustre complexions. This is due to ‘the magical’ skin-brightening combination of Vitamin A and Vitamin C that work together to neutralize cell tissue-damaging free radicals that cause the dreaded dulling effect. Sweet potatoes are also rich in biotin, which stimulates hair and nail growth.
While you probably already know that almonds are a healthy snack, most wouldn’t know that they are also a beauty food due to their high content of Vitamin E. Almonds have been named ‘the skin-beautifying antioxidant since it’s present in human epidermal tissue, where it creates both smoothness and suppleness.
There is also research to suggest that Vitamin E may help to fight the signs of aging by protecting skin against the damage that is caused by ultraviolet rays, while also nourishing the skin and preventing dryness.
These antioxidant-rich seeds are packed with minerals and fibre as well as the perfect balance of essential fatty acids- the latter of which has been credited as helping to give a natural glow. If almonds aren’t for you. You can also get an algae-based DHA supplement that will help to ensure that you are getting the proper amount of Omega-3 fats, which will ultimately contribute to a balanced mood and healthy heart. You can sprinkle them into smoothies and fruit salads or soak them in almond milk over night for a satisfying dessert.
When your skin needs to look amazing, this fruit is a wonder food and of course it tastes delicious! Pineapple benefits skin by improving digestion, reducing inflammation and removing toxins from the body. What’s more, it also helps in the production of collagen.
The powerful antioxidants in beets help to fight signs of aging to keep skin firm and youthful. Their combination of minerals and vitamins (which include foliate, Vitamin A, potassium and magnesium) stimulates cell production and repair, protecting skin from premature aging and wrinkles. Add the root vegetable to your morning juice along with apple and a hint of ginger for a delicious cleansing boost.
This fruit’s tiny seeds are packed with nutrients that help to cleanse the digestive track of toxins and mucus, which can ultimately prevent important nutrients from getting to the skin. This process is vital to enhancing that inner glow. Since figs are naturally high in sugar, it is wise to limit your daily intake to just a few.
This leafy green is high in Vitamin A, necessary for growth in skin and hair. Spinach is also loaded with Vitamin C, imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen. Therefore, it is an absolute no brainer for your next meal, juice or smoothie!
Dates are high in fibre and are a perfect sweet treat to aid the cleansing. They are rich in copper, which is an important mineral that helps the body absorb iron and form collagen and red blood cells. Plus they make for a great sugar alternative in backing and cooking.
So now, all that’s left to do is pay your nearest grocer a visit to collect all these delicious item (and hint: they won’t cost you a fortune!)