After a season of indulgence (oh mince pies, how I love thee), the post-Christmas struggles are real. Not only did the decision to take on ‘dry January’ seem far more exciting when you were five drinks down on New Years Eve (does it count if you put the wine in a water bottle?), but all those extra helpings of yule log are beginning to show on your skin. Sound familiar? Never fear. I’ve rounded up the all of the best foods that are good for your skin so you can look fresh faced and radiant come Feb. Tuck in!
These magical berries are classed a ‘superfood’ for a reason. Suffer from acne? Packed with antioxidants, blueberries help to reduce skin oiliness and, consequently, blocked pores. Clear skin here I come.
2. Green tea
Time to swap your builder’s brew for a mug of green goodness. Green tea is full of antioxidants that help to reduce redness (goodbye uneven skin tone), inflammation and even sun damage.
Another acclaimed superfood, spinach is chock-a-block with Vitamins A, C, E and K. Between them, these nutrients help to reduce acne, banish dark circles, prevent signs of aging and enhance the skin’s radiance.
4. Dark Chocolate
Wait, chocolate is actually good for us? Turns out that cocoa is high in antioxidants, meaning that it helps to hydrate the skin. Better still, cocoa has been linked to wrinkle prevention – a plus if ever there was one. The one drawback is milk and white chocolate don’t make the cut, so you’ll have to stick to dark if you want to see some results.
Vitamin C is a must-have when it comes to fighting acne and redness. This is because it boosts the immune system, which is responsible for healing and thus for reducing blemishes. Magic.
Your avo toast may be doing more than satisfying brunch cravings. Filled with healthy fats, this green saviour helps to keep skin moisturised and springy. It’s still healthy if we have it with mimosas right?
Best enjoyed covered in cheese (or is that just me?), this roast dinner is one of the best foods that are good for your skin. Not only is it a good source of zinc (good for fighting inflammation), but it is also rich in sulforaphane, which helps protect the skin from damaging sun rays and consequently from premature wrinkles.
8. Oily Fish
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, oily fish is a must for supple, plump skin. Why? Well, omega 3 encourages the body to produce anti-inflammatories which is particularly helpful if you suffer from conditions such as eczema.
Omega 3’s aren’t restricted to oily fish; walnuts are packed with them too. Better yet, they’re also high in copper, which boosts collagen levels. Today’s snack sorted.
10. Sunflower Seeds
Your new favourite salad topper, sunflower seeds are dense with skin-happy ingredients. The most notable of these is Vitamin E, a nutrient that helps to protect skin from harmful sun rays.
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