You are what you eat!
I get asked all the time if what you eat makes any difference to your skin and the answer is most definitely! What is it about our western diet that is so bad for our skin? Well, processed foods. They lack antioxidants and are full of sugars and bad fats. My advice – think hunter-gatherer! Here are the top five foods you should definitely incorporate into your diet.
Oily fish like salmon are not only a great source of protein, but are a source of omega 3 fatty acids, essential to nourish your skin, decrease clogged pores, and help with fine lines and wrinkles. Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3s can also help relieve skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.
100 grams of Avocado will give you around 10% of your daily requirements of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that loves mopping up those free radicals that contribute to the ageing of your skin.
Vitamin C is excellent for your skin’s collagen synthesis and is also an antioxidant, which can help to protect and rejuvenate damaged skin. Kiwifruit is the leading source of this antioxidant, and also a leading source of that other antioxidant, vitamin E.
Rich in antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids, almonds are also a great source of plant-based protein, a building block for your skin cells. They are also a source of magnesium, a foil for the effects of stress hormones, which can make your skin age and exacerbate acne.
Dark chocolate has high potency antioxidants known as flavonols, which are great for younger looking skin. As high levels of sugar are not ideal, choose a 70% or higher dark chocolate with low sugar and if you limit yourself to a couple of squares a day, it’s fine. Thank the lord!!