17 Superfoods

You are what you eat! There’s no denying this fact.

But often we relate the phrase to our weight. But it does not stop there. The condition of your skin is also greatly affected by what you eat. Yes we all know that eating chocolate might cause a few spots here and there, but eating the right kinds of foods will not only keep your body in shape, but will dramatically clear your complexion, leaving your face bright, fresh and youthful. Here are some of the best foods for your skin.

Dark Berries

Not only are berries jammed with skin clearing antioxidants, but they’re packed with fibre too: great for staving off hunger pangs and regulating insulin production.

Peppermint

A cup of peppermint tea is known for its potent healing and calming properties. It helps to aid digestion, relieve stress, treat headaches and clear sinuses, and is seriously good for the skin, too.

Salmon

The high protein found in salmon can help to speed up the skin’s natural healing process.

Mackerel

If you want a glowing, radiant complexion and spot-free skin, increase your intake of oily fish, like mackerel. Each fillet is loaded with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of which combat acne inflammation, as does.

Eggs

Especially the yolks are full of skin clearing selenium, zinc and protein, as well as plenty of vitamins.

Cottage Cheese

For a high-protein, selenium-packed, skin clearing boost, consider introducing cottage cheese into your diet.

Artichoke

Regular consumption of these woody, fibrous vegetables has been linked to healthier skin, and in particular, improved skin luminosity and is frequently used as an herbal remedy in creams and cosmetics because of their high antioxidant potency.

Garlic

Garlic is full of a naturally occurring chemical called allicin, which, when digested, reacts with the blood to create a product capable of killing harmful bacteria and viruses in the body, including those which cause acne and other skin infections.

Broccoli

Antioxidants like vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K found in broccoli  all help to add luminosity to the skin and to revive damaged tissue, while omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and folate support the healing process and aid the proper function of skin cells.

Avocado

The avocado is widely known to be a great source of vitamin E, which boosts the skin’s vitality and luminosity. It also possesses good quantities of vitamin C, which can reduce skin inflammation, While avocado oil is used to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, which improves its tone and texture. Eating a regular portion of avocado can also improve the skin’s ability to keep itself moisturised.

Legumes

Any healing process needs protein and energy, and legumes (peas, beans, and lentils) have both these things in abundance. They also contain a potent cocktail of vitamins and minerals as well as being particularly high in dietary fibre, which aids the body’s natural digestion process and assists detoxification, helping in the battle for clearer skin.

Water

Clear skin starts from within, and one of the best, cheapest and most effective ways to get there is to help your body flush out toxins by drinking plenty of water. Make sure you drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, and drink more after exercise.

Red Grapes

It is thought that red grapes, and their seeds, contain powerful natural chemicals and antioxidants that have been shown to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. As a natural antihistamine, grapes can also help to control the side effects of allergic reactions.

Beetroot

Beetroots are particularly high in vitamin A, as well as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E, which is essential for epidermal health and healing. Combined, these nutrients make a powerful all-round body cleanser.

Nuts

Deficiencies in minerals such as zinc and selenium have been linked to acne in some sufferers, which is why nuts, in particular pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts, are a good, healthy snack to get used to.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production. They also contain lycopene: the red pigment, which not only gives them their bright red colour, but also stimulates skin circulation.