Foods that feed your skin
You are what you eat, and your skin will reveal on the outside the goodness of what you nourish it with on the inside. So let your skin tell beautiful stories!
So what foods are especially good for your skin?
Fresh fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. It is important to eat at least 5 portions a day and for these to be a rainbow of colours. The brighter, more colourful the fruit and vegetables consumed, the more antioxidants and essential nutrients they probably contain.
Red fruit and vegetables such as radishes, peppers, tomatoes, cherries and all kinds of berries contain lycopene (a carotenoid) and anthocyanins (a flavonoid) and are excellent sources of vitamin C, boosting your immune system and overflowing with skin-purifying antioxidants.
Orange fruit and vegetables such as carrots, mangoes, sweet potatoes and pumpkin all contain beta-carotene which is converted in the body into vitamin A and protects the skin against sun damage and keeps your face looking bright and youthful. The color is also correctly correlated with the vitamin C content in oranges, grapefruits, papayas and other citrus fruits.
Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale contain lutein, a powerful antioxidant that aids skin cell development. They also contain a high level of vitamin C, another super antioxidant and vital nutrient that we all know helps strengthen the immune system. Not to mention, it helps combat the signs of premature ageing by producing collagen, a protein that helps form, and heal your skin.
They don’t belong to the rainbow, but nuts like almonds and walnuts, sunflower seeds and avocados contain all kinds of healthy fats, omega-3, and oils that are key for healthy skin and eyes as it supports healthy cell growth and protects against cell damage. Omega-3 is especially great for your complexion. But eat these with caution because they are also high in calories!
FUN FACT: It takes about six weeks for new skin to emerge up to the surface, so it will take about that amount of time for you to see the benefits of your efforts. Incorporating a healthy diet into your lifestyle is not a short-term change - there will be positive visible changes in time, just don’t expect miracles overnight!