Everyone knows the importance of eating well for healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
Eating your five a day, drinking loads of water and cutting back on sugar will all have a positive effect. But which foods should you be looking to include in your diet to help you eat your way to fabulous skin? Here are our seven top foods for healthier-looking skin.
Love them or hate them, there is no denying that avocados are super healthy. They are jam-packed with healthy fats and help to keep the skin supple and moisturised.
Avocados are also a great source of Vitamin E, an important antioxidant which is good for skin health.
2. Oily fish
Fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring are health-boosting super proteins and a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. These acids help to keep skin moisturised, supple and can even reduce inflammation which causes acne and protect against the sun’s UV rays. Vitamin E and zinc, which helps to produce new skin cells and maintain general skin health, are both found in oily fish.
Seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds are great for skin health. They are all high in that magic ingredient - you guessed it - Vitamin E! Seeds are also a good source of zinc, protein and selenium, another powerful antioxidant.
Walnuts are packed full of fatty acids and nutrients, which can help to reduce inflammation and help the skin to heal itself.
5. Dark chocolate
Now you’re talking! If you are looking for one more reason to love chocolate, then here it is - dark chocolate is good for your skin.
Various studies have reported a range of benefits from improving the appearance of wrinkles to making skin less sensitive to sunburn.
However if you prefer your chocolate on the milky side then I’m afraid there’s bad news - you need to be eating dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa in order to reap the benefits.
Tomatoes are a fab source of Vitamin C and also help to protect the skin against sun damage and wrinkles.
7. Green tea
Protecting against sun damage, improving skin elasticity and moisture - is there anything green tea can’t do?! Consider swapping a mug of your usual brew for a cup of this powerful antioxidant to help protect your skin against damage and aging.