Food you should be eating for glowing skin. What you eat can have a direct impact on your skin. If you’re diet consists of processed foods, high in sugar and low in fibre, it can show up in the form of dull skin, acne and eczema. To achieve a healthy complexion, it’s all about working towards healthy skin from the inside out.
Here’s our rundown of some of the foods you should be eating for glowing skin:
Smoking, pollution and sunlight can all cause premature ageing and age spots. Betacarotene, found in carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin, and lutein, found in kale and spinach are potent antioxidants. They are important for normal skin cell development and healthy skin tone. Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant, it also helps support collagen production. The best sources are Kakadu Plum (100 times more that of oranges), Berries, Broccoli, Kiwi, fruits, Citrus and Papaya.
Skin needs moisture to stay flexible. Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry, dull and tired. Make sure you drink at least 2L water a day. Try to avoid excessive alcohol consumption, alcohol can also accelerate the ageing process by decreasing collagen production in the skin. Herbal teas are a wonderful addition to your daily skin care regimen. Try our detox and glow herbal tea.
Omega-3 fats produce anti-inflammatory compounds. Research indicates they may help inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. You can find omega-3s in oily fish and plant based sources such as linseed, chia seeds and walnuts.
Your body turns the proteins you eat into building blocks called amino acids. Amino acids make other proteins, including collagen and keratin that forms the structure of your skin. So, when you think skin and protein, think fish, white meat poultry and legumes.
Zinc aids in healing the skin and prevents acne by regulating the activity of the oil glands. It is also an antioxidant, which helps to fight and prevent the formation of free radicals. Zinc-rich foods include fish, lean red meat, whole grains, poultry, nuts, seeds and shellfish.
Once you make changes to your diet, don’t expect an overnight miracle. It takes six weeks for new skin to emerge up to the surface, so the visible benefits from dietary changes will take some time.