A few years back the latest superfood had the ability to cannibalise our lives. Remember a few years back when kale was enjoying its moment and popped up at juice bars as the way to start your morning, or when it was deep-fried and disguised as chips or even when beauty brands added it to your face cream? While most of us are more attuned to the benefits and limitations of so-called superfoods these days, celery farmers are definitely doing higher than average trade this year after celery juice was dubbed the latest health trend for 2019. Read More…
Our skin is what we eat. It’s that simple. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t want a gorgeous, radiant glowing complexion? Thought not. But because the skin is the last place in the body to receive the nutrients we ingest, many experts counsel that a two-way approach is what pays real dividends. Quite often, the nutrients that boost skin health when we eat or drink them also deliver amazing skin benefits when applied from the outside, too.
We’re well known for taking lots of supplements: can’t live without them. Without Daily Energy, Sibergin, Power of Krill, BetterYou DLux 3000 etc. (that’s for our vitamin D levels, more important than ever at this time of year). But we also try to eat well, too, packing our diet with skin-friendly foods. So here’s a run-down of some of the best things to eat, drink – and to slather on – for your best-ever skin…
Pomegranate: The luscious red juice of pomegranate – and the seed-filled fruit itself – are bursting with the super-nutrient ellagic acid, a mega-antioxidant that’s renowned for protecting and repairing skin. Pomegranate has actually been found to turbo-charge the effect of sun protection when added to sun lotions. Read More…
Cosmetic doctor Rabia Malik, who specialises in treating skin problems holistically without surgery, drugs or fillers, gives all her patients a list of complexion-boosting foods (visit skinw1.com). These superfoods are great for quick meals in the summer and all year round.
Avocado: your best nutrient-dense foodie weapon in the fight against wrinkles, avocado is full of good fats, vitamins and potassium.
Shellfish, such as oysters, crab and scallops: a good source of zinc, which helps skin renewal and repair.
Salmon, preferably wild: one of the best sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep skin supple, moisturised and calm, salmon also contains selenium, which helps protect skin from sun exposure. Other omega-3-rich fish are mackerel, trout, herrings and sardines.
Spinach and other dark green leaves: rich in vitamins B, C and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fats.
Watercress: full of vitamins A and C, watercress is also a natural antibiotic that helps to heal blemishes.
Tomatoes: best eaten cooked, tomatoes contain the anti-ageing antioxidant lycopene – other good sources of lycopene include papaya, watermelon and pink grapefruit.
Sweet potato: this nutritious vegetable is packed with antioxidants, including vitamin A, as well as minerals and fibre (a healthy digestive system really shows in your skin).
Blueberries: ranked top for antioxidant activity out f 40 fruits and vegetables by the US Department of Agriculture, blueberries are great for the skin, and also help to keep the brain and heart healthy.
Kiwi fruit: loaded with collagen-supporting vitamin C and other antioxidants to keep skin firm and help prevent wrinkles.
Walnuts: rich in magnesium, vitamin B6, iron and calcium, walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fats.
Oats: known to improve your skin, eating oats helps relax your mind (which irons out a few wrinkles) and gives you energy.
Millet: rich in silicon, which is vital for healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth and eyes. Read More…