Some foods are better for achieving a beautiful complexion than others. Here’s a simple list of foods which are ageing & those that are great for your skin. Hint: The usual suspects (foods that bad for your face) are on the right 🙂
Dry skin and how to fix it from within:
Are you deficient in fatty acids? You might be if you’re on a low fat diet.
Cutting out oil and fats from your daily diet could be making your skin look dry and dull, something that’s made worse during the cold winter weather; this is mainly because of the wind and central heating. Common signs you may need to up your oil intake include: dry skin, dull hair, soft nails, bumpy skin on the back of arms, dry eyes and poor sleep…
Try eating these foods to help make your skin look and feel better when it’s becoming dry:
Here’s a great recipe for the ABC Detox Juice, (ABC – where the ‘A’ is for Apple, ‘B’ is for Beetroot and ‘C’ is for Carrot), which is great for strengthening the immune system, helping problematic and blemish-prone skin conditions and also where acne, weakened eye vision and blood pressure are a problem:
For spot prevention, try cutting back on the amount of salt you eat…
Although essential in small amounts, salt encourages fluid retention (preventing you from having a ‘flat stomach’ and giving you a puffy face and eye bags! 😱 – yet another bad consequence of consuming too much salt!) and, it can also irritate the lining of your pores; this is because excess salt is eliminated through your skin via perspiration.
Iodised salt (table salt) exacerbates acne, so cutting back can really help clear up your skin.
If you’ve had a heavy night and are now suffering from the dreaded ‘puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles’, try using raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. They’ll help reduce under-eye puffiness because they’re an astringent, (this helps to decrease any water retention which can cause puffiness), and they also contain catalase enzyme which helps lighten dark under-eye circles.
Simply wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one slice on each eye for 15 minutes. Lay down, chill out and let the potatoes work their magic to help refresh and revive your eyes. Rinse the eye area clean gently afterwards.
You may have heard rave reviews about how delicious coconut water is, but do you know how amazing it is for your face and body?
One of the best things about it is that it reduces food cravings, keeping your weight down with enzymes to aid digestion, and letting you lose weight without your wanting to binge on cakes or chips!
It also keeps you hydrated, keeping your skin looking smooth and nourished with beautifying vitamins. Not only that, but coconut water is fat free and anti-inflammatory (good news for those who suffer from acne or psoriasis).
You can eat your way to pretty with that tasty chocolate bar!
If you’re a bit of a chocolate addict like me, don’t worry, it’s still okay for you as long as you keep your addiction to the good stuff to sugar-free 70% Dark Chocolate!
In fact, dark chocolate has Flavonols to keep your skin protected from sun damage (shields you from harmful UV rays), whilst Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, making you feel calm, (this means less collagen breakdown so you have fewer wrinkles!). You’ll also get a vitamin hit of Calcium, Iron, and vitamins C, D, E, A and vitamin B1 from pure chocolate to help repair dry skin.