When it comes to healthy skin you want to ensure it’s well looked after both from the inside and the outside. Skin is our largest organ and it’s designed to protect us from pathogens so it’s pretty tough, but looking after it from the inside is one of the best ways to keep it looking and feeling glowing and healthy. Try incorporating the below ingredients into your diet – your skin will love you for it!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A rich source of mono unsaturated fats; these are the perfect skin-friendly source and fats are my trick when it comes to glowing skin. The more good fats you have in your diet the more your skin glows, and I notice my hair and nails also strengthen. Olives are a brilliant source of vitamins A and E, both of which help to protect the oils on the surface of your skin from free-radical damage (which can cause aging and fine lines). Olives also help strengthen connective tissues, improving skin tone and protecting against UV radiation, whilst olive oil contains antioxidant “phenol” which helps to protect skin against oxidization (aging). Adding to that, there’s also this other awesome stuff in extra virgin olive oil called “squalane” which is a hero ingredient in loads of skincare products. Squalane absorbs easily into the skin, restoring lost moisture. So you can see why Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the king of skin health! My advice would be to cook with it at low temperatures (I have been to an olive oil plantation and they say the high antioxidant content makes it good for cooking), and use it on your salad dressings too.
Avocados: These guys are another brilliant source of skin loving monounsaturated fat! On top of that they contain Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, which means that it protects our skin cells from damage and prevents aging whilst also stimulating the skin’s natural collagen production.
Red Berries: Think strawberries, raspberries, goji berries and cranberries! When it comes to red berries it’s all about the antioxidants, specifically the antioxidant than makes them red – it’s called lycopene and is a bit like edible sunblock in that it helps to protect the skin from sun and free radical damage. Lycopene's UV-blocking capabilities naturally make it a valuable weapon in the battle against aging skin.
Water: The first sign of dehydration is actually hunger. When we’re dehydrated, it shows in our skin and can age us, so I’m all about upping water intake. We want to be aiming for 1L of water per 22kg per day. So just gradually increase your water intake daily so your body gets used to it, otherwise you’ll be constantly running to the loo!
My daily skincare routine:
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