It’s no secret that what we eat will show up in our skin. So really what we buy to have in our kitchen is as important as the products we buy to use in our bathrooms.
“The skincare market is a multibillion dollar industry… I constantly notice signs and commercials advertising new products promising younger, smoother skin but what many consumers don't realise is that the foods we eat impact our skin as much, if not more, than the cleansers and creams we apply topically,” Dr Caroline Apovian, Author of The Age Defying Diet says.
So what foods should we be eating to help with our skin tone, wrinkles and stop us breaking out? We’ve outlined our top five below.
Anybody that is into showering their skin with the ultimate love will know that salmon contains high levels of dimethylaminoethanol (DMEA) which has been proven to strengthen skin and protect against skin deterioration that leads us to looking much older than we really are.
A study in the journal of nutrition found that eating lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in eggs, more than quadrupled protection against the UV damage that leads to lines and brown spots in women. Eggs are also said to make your skin softer, and better hydrated. While “choline found in eggs also regulates the levels of the B vitamins in our bodies which are needed to produce the proteins that keep skin firm and smooth, collagen and elastin,” Dr Apovian says.
Green leafy vegetables
Greens are a nutrition powerhouse and rich in antioxidants which fight free radicals that cause ageing. These antioxidants can also act as an anti-inflammatory and help decrease puffiness and redness after a bad night’s sleep. There’s a reason that people always tell us to eat our greens!
Foods high in Vitamin C are a must for our skin. It can stimulate collagen production so upping our intake of oranges, lemons and even grapefruits are key when you want your skin to glow! One red grapefruit actually contains 100% of our recommended daily intake of Vitamin C so nom one a day and you’ll be sweet.
Blueberries contain one of the highest antioxidant counts of any fruits and since our skin lives for antioxidants naturally, this superfood makes our list. Antioxidants can help boost collagen production and in turn keep our skin looking and feeling young and smooth. Dr Apovian also adds “Blueberries can also protect against memory loss, cardiovascular disease and cancer. So while they're a potent skin elixir, they'll certainly help the rest of your body stay young and healthy as well.”
Tell us, what are your favourite foods to eat for glowing skin?