We spend a lot of time (and money) on treatments, skin care and make-up to improve the appearance of our skin. But it's only half the battle!
If you choose to nourish your skin with fantastic products, but continue to lead an unhealthy diet plan, in all honesty, you are just wasting your time.
It goes without saying that foods high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and saturated fats should be limited. Alcohol and caffine dehyrate the skin and excelerate the development of wrinkles, so indulge in these sparingly as well.
A balanced diet of grain-fed meats, fish, low fat dairy, nuts and plenty of fruit and vegetables is essential for our well being.
There are however a few food items that are particularly benificial for our complexion, incorporating a few of these into a healthy diet will help you inprove your skin health. you may already be eating these on a regular basis.
Grapefruit is very high in Vitamin C which is essential for collagen production. The more collgen your skin has, the more supple and smooth the appearance is. The Vitamin C in grapefruit also helps to fight off free radicals (like those produced from sun damage) which attack healthy cells and age us. 1/2 a grapefruit a day is sufficent. Have it with your breakfast, pop it in a fruit salad or juice.
Nuts are a great source of healthy fats, vitamins and anti-oxidents, essential for preventing and actually reversing the signs of aging.
Almonds are particularly benificial for skin health as they are a high source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an anti-oxident that also helps to fight free radical damage, protect and repair the skin.
A handful of almonds a day is plenty, You can even massage almond oil into your skin!
Sweet potato not only tastes great but is a super vegetable when it comes to health benifits. It's great substitute for weight loss from its startchy brother, the regular potato, and is very versatile. Sweet potato contains beta carotene, which turns into Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is often found in prescription skin care products that you get from dermatologists or skin care professionals, especially those designed to clear acne. Eating sweet potato is great for those with ance and it's a natural source of the Vitamin A and is also anti-inflamatory, which helps to sooth red and inflamed skin.
This is easy to incorporate into the diet. Have it as a mash or make sweet potato chips. Sweet potato soup is perfect for winter, or try a sweet potato rosti!
Salmon is a wonderful fatty fish that is essential for glowing skin. It contains Omega fatty acids which actually help with the absorption of Vitamin A! Its also a highg source of zinc, another great mineral to help fight acne. It can be expensive but the good news is you only need 2 servings a week!
Poor old watermelon gets a bad wrap sometimes for being too high in sugar and should therefore me avoided. While i don't suggest eating the etire thing, watermelon has a few positive benifits to it as well. It's 92% water which means it's going to hydrate the skin, giving it the plump suppleness. Its also a souce of Vitamin C, not to mention fibre! Very easy to incorporate into your diet because it's delicious! It's also very affordable! I bought some for 99c a kilo the other day. B
You all know this one. Drink 2 litres a day.
There is a difference between dehydrated skin and dry skin you know?
Dehydrated skin lacks hydration (water!) dry skin lack moisture (sebum/ oil)
Water also help to break down cellulite! What a bonus!