I am definitely a believer in what we eat can definitely have an effect our skin. Since starting to avoid dairy my skin has definitely coped with my hormonal breakouts more, I definitely have less inflammation and less oily areas. Over the years I have learnt a lot about foods and how they can benefit our skin. To give your skin a glow, get the antioxidants you need for protection and to promote anti-ageing by promoting natural collagen, these are just a few foods with benefits:
• Dark Chocolate (yay what an excuse) – Research has shown that dark chocolate protects the skin from sun damage. Chocolate, or raw cacao that is the amazing ingredient, contains anti-ageing antioxidants called flavonoids, which fight free radicals to protect your skin from UV damage and prevent the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and skin discolorations. Chocolate also makes you feel happy, when you eat it, your brain releases endorphins, your body’s natural feel good hormone. And when we feel good we look good!
• Spinach – Spinach contains a triple dose of wrinkle-fighting antioxidants. Vitamin C, Vitamin E and beta-carotene. These all work together to protect your skin. If you don’t particularly like this green superfood add to smoothies. Eating raw in salads also is an amazing way if you don’t like the slimy texture when cooked and is a lot more beneficial.
• Walnuts – Walnuts contain Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E that help the skin stay smooth and plump. You can throw these into salads or eat them as a snack.
• Lentils – Amazing source of plant-based protein and iron which support your hair too. Make them into delicious vegan burgers or thrown them into soup.
• Avocados – These are the ultimate ‘get the glow’ food for skin, hair and nails. The monounsaturated fatty acids packed into these amazing fruits not only help lower cholesterol levels, but also reduce the appearance of ageing skin. Avocados also contain antioxidants, fibre, potassium, magnesium and folate. One avocado is packed with more potassium than a medium banana. Eat in salads, make into guacamole or my favourite, just slice in half and eat with a spoon. Delicious.
• Berries – Berries are loaded with anti-inflammatory agents that also help with premature ageing. The high levels of antioxidants help minimize the damage of free radicals which can accelerate wrinkle formation. They also contain Vitamin C, which keeps the skin strong and firm and is essential to the production of collagen. Add berries to your porridge or smoothie and start the day with these little potent fruits.