Beauty School in the Kitchen - Foods for Your Skin
By Doralise Halepis, Nutrition Student.
We know that nutrient rich foods are essential for keeping our bodies healthy both physically and mentally, but there are particular foods that can also be added to our edible beauty regime! There are so many foods that contribute to how we look on the outside. A healthy, nutrient-rich diet with lots of vegetables and some fruit is a great base. Though there are certain foods that have been found to promote clear, glowing skin that naturally give us the radiant look! Here's just some of our favourites.
Avocado: Known for its ‘superfood’ powers, avocado is fantastic for maintaining a great complexion due to its high level of monounsaturated oils and high dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C assists in collagen and elastin production, essential for having firm, glowing skin, whilst the oil content draws moisture to the skin. Not only is avocado a great addition to any meal, it is also fantastic when used as a face mask and applied directly to the skin.
Turmeric: Because of its high antioxidant properties, this vibrant spice is great for fighting premature ageing of the skin. Applying it directly to the skin (mixed with yoghurt) has been known to assist oily skin problems and uneven skin tone.
Yoghurt: The high protein content in this dairy food assists in the production of collagen, essential for maintaining the skins firmness. When applied to the skin, the lactic acid in the skin will help to soothe any irritation and dry patches.
Walnuts: Copper, found in large quantities in nuts like walnuts has been found to enhance zinc production. Scientists have found a strong link between those that experience zinc deficiency and acne break outs.
Kidney Beans: Alongside red meat, kidney beans also have a high amount of zinc, great for preventing unwanted blemishes!
Green Tea: Tea is great for fighting inflammation. It can support the reduction of redness on skin caused by common irritants. If you find yourself waking up with red puffy eyes, soak 2 green tea bags in cold water and place on your eyes. In a few minutes the puffiness will be reduced and the skin around your eyes should be soothed.
Oily fish: Not only high in the blemish reducing zinc, the omega-3 fatty acids act as a moisturiser to maintain smooth, soft skin.
Green leafy vegetables: Vitamin A (found in abundance in green leafy veggies) assists in the maintenance of healthy skin cells and ensuring they receive an adequate amount of moisture.
Berries, almonds, citrus and pumpkin are also amazing additions to your healthy skin diet.