In our quest for glowing skin there is no disputing that old saying, "beauty starts from within". Feeding our skin is of primary importance to its health and radiance and therefore our diet needs to be full of antioxidants, good fats, vitamin C, amino acids and collagen.
Think juicy grape and not wrinkled raisin ;)
There is something about a plate full of colour and fresh food that is so appealing to both the stomach and the skin. I have personally struggled in my relationship with food since I was a teenager when I went from depriving myself to making up for it as a tired mum of young kiddies in my twenties when I ate too much sugar and processed foods. It has taken me into my third decade to begin to properly appreciate food and have a healthy relationship with it, helped by a healthy approach to exercise.
Finding balance in life cannot be overemphasised.
I still have a sweet tooth, but I find that this can be curbed with natural alternatives and my skin certainly thanks me for it. The foods listed below will help give your skin radiance and glow, and combined with natural effective serums or creams, it's a winning combination.
High in healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants avocados are super for hydrating the skin, fighting free radicals which damage the skin, protecting and healing the skin.
2. Bone Broth
High in collagen, bone broth promotes skin elasticity. Collagen is the main building block of skin, and is responsible for the plump, firm, youthful appearance.
3. Oily Fish
For example salmon, mackerel and sardines are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which have many health benefits including keeping the skin at optimum health. According to 4wellpeople.com, "Every cell membrane is composed of essential fats which keep it flexible, and more able to control what goes in and out of the cell. When there is insufficient fat in the diet the cells are less able to retain water and lose their plumpness."
Full of powerful antioxidants, blueberries are an amazing way to give your skin a healthy glow. Antioxidants help fight free radicals which can damage the skin, so blueberries are a great, easy and effective way to increase your body's antioxidants!