Health Tips: Beauty Superfoods
We spend so much time, effort and money on trying to find the right skincare products that will create the all desirable healthy glowing younger skin. I love finding new products that work for me and treat problems such as dehydration, breakouts and sensitivity. There is nothing more satisfying than finding the right moisturiser that provides the right amount of hydration, quenching enough but not too rich (in case you're wondering, Lancome Hydra Zen was the answer to my dehydrated skin after many attempts to find the right one!).
However, alongside this, do not forget or underestimate the benefits of eating the correct foods to achieve a healthy glowing skin. What we put on our skin will make such a difference but if you want to glow from within and make the most beneficial difference to your skin, then eat beauty superfoods. It isn't always easy to see the benefits of a healthy diet (although we will feel it) but when it comes to skin (which is visible) you will begin to notice the difference after a few months. Eating these foods will feed your skin with ant-inflammatory, antioxidant and moisturising properties.
1) Water and lemon - we've talked about this before (see here). Water & lemon has numerous health benefits, among which is the fact that it is a natural cleanser, detoxifying the body and therefore clearing the skin and providing a healthy glow. Get in the habit of drinking a glass of water with freshly squeezed water every morning on an empty stomach, before breakfast.
2) When it comes to skincare products, we look for words such as antioxidants as they protect against premature ageing. So when it comes to superfoods to eat, one of the most beneficial is berries (the darker the better) which are full of antioxidants as well as anthocyanidins which have a positive effect on collagen.
3) Leafy greens - a food that we have heard does wonders for our diet and health. So when it comes to healthy glowing skin, they are important because they contain nutrients A, C and K, which help to create healthy oils to moisture our skin. Vitamin A helps to repair skin and support healthy cell turnover while vitamin C is an antioxidant which will protect your skin from the sun.
4) Healthy fats - we need fat for many reasons but eating the right type of fats is essential to our health. So avoid fried foods and eat foods like avocados, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, leafy greens (see above), raw seeds and nuts and wild fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines.
5) Turmeric - lots of hype has surrounded this powerful beauty superfood and for good reason. It's so powerful it's often referred to as a medicine. Packed full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, its main beautifying function is to detox the liver. Your livers health is so reflective on your skin. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been known to be comparable to certain anti-inflammatory drugs.
6) Honey, especially manuka honey, is a great product to have in the cupboard at this time of the year for when we get colds. Its anti-bacterial benefits will fight acne causing bacteria, soothe inflammation and nourish the skin by providing moisture for dry winter skin conditions (or any time of the year for that matter).
Try to incorporate as many of these foods into your diet as possible. One of the best ways is to have a smoothie for breakfast, it's amazing how many ingredients you can pack into one. One of our favourites is almond milk, blueberries (or mixed dark berries), avocado, carrot, ginger, turmeric, spinach and lemon juice. That's something from every point above, apart from the honey, which you could also add for extra sweetness. So, before you have even started your day, your body (and skin) is off to a good start!
And, we're not going to go into it here, but don't forget about all the things you shouldn't be eating (sugar, alcohol, bad fats....) as they will put a strain on your body, making it work harder which will result in congested inflamed skin. It's about the don'ts as well as the dos!