We all want that glow-y and blemish free skin that seems like it’s radiating from within, especially when the sun is hitting you in all the right places. Here are 7 foods that in a few weeks will make you look like a glowing goddess with absolutely zero makeup on.
Easily accessible and vital for skin health, carrots are filled with beta carotene – a pre-cursor for vitamin A, which normalizes skin functions to correct any skin conditions. As well as snacking on fresh carrots, try juicing one with an apple and a sprig of mint for a refreshing replacement to your second cup of coffee.
This delicious fish is filled with omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for skin health. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help reduce inflammation and the signs of ageing in the body and on the skin. Salmon is one of my favorite types of fish to enjoy for a quick and easy dinner. Simply drench a piece of fresh salmon in lemon juice, wrap it in foil and pop it in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Or it can also be another excuse to go out for some sushi; try ordering some sashimi instead of rolls that are mostly rice!
Flax Seed Oil:
While it’s not technically a food, it will perfectly complement any diet – especially if skin health is what you are after. The benefits of flax seed oil come from its very high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seed oil can aid in decreasing the body’s inflammation levels and help the body restore its original state. My rule of thumb is a spoonful every day before my lunch. It can be added to anything – including oats, smoothies, salads and even raw desserts and sweets.
A cup of these sweet fruits has 130% of the Daily Intake of vitamin C, which is an essential in skin health. Vitamin C actually boosts the production of collagen fibers in the skin that keep it smooth and firm (and clear).
Packed with essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants, avocados should be a staple in any diet aiming for great skin. The ‘good fats’ are great for the health and hydration of cell membranes. These membranes are the gate keeper of your skin cells – they let the good stuff in and keeping the toxins out. Try a whole avocado in a salad or with a can of lemon tuna or just on some toast with an egg, salt and pepper.
Again, not a food, but it is a skin health essential. Green tea is filled with polyphenols – inflammation-fighting antioxidants and vitamins. It is also a perfect way to calm down and relax after a long day. Keeping ourselves and our body relaxed is essential in lowering stress, therefore helping to keep your complexion calm and blemish-free.
Filled with antioxidants, cacao increases blood circulation around the body for up to 2 hours – this means an instant glow ladies! When blood circulates at an optimum level, all skin cells are being nourished and remaining vital. I enjoy my cacao as an ingredient in a raw treat, or in a cup with boiling water and some milk. Cacao makes for a lovely afternoon pick-me-up.