We all want to look beautiful on the outside, and for brides that just may begin on the inside. Here’s WJ’s guide to foods to eat for flawless skin…
Most brides spend a lot of time and even more money trying to look their best for their wedding day. Often this can mean changing skincare habits and trying out specialised products to achieve that immaculate complexion we all crave.
Beauty experts warn against straying from your usual beauty routine in the six weeks before the big day as it can upset the balance of the skin and cause breakouts. Instead look at what you put in your mouth as it really does show on your face! Here are our top 10 foods for flawless skin.
Yes you did read that right. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that can protect the body from UV light by helping to increase blood flow to the skin, leaving a smoother complexion and fewer wrinkles. However, experts advise that only one or two squares a day of at least 70% cocoa volume should do the trick, so don’t be tempted to over-indulge.
Oily fish contains essential fatty acids called Omega 3 and Omega 6. Omega 6 is great for strengthening the skin and hair particles by adding moisture and Omega 3 has been linked to reducing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well as unclogging pores. Our body does not make these essential fatty acids so they have to be taken in via food or as a supplement. Aim to eat at least two portions of oily fish a week.
All green leafy veg is great for the skin but spinach is especially wonderful as it can boost the complexion, combat signs of aging, and protect the skin from harmful rays. It has even been known to reduce acne! Spinach is full of lutein which makes your eyes sparkle and is essential for normal skin development. This superfood contains plenty of antioxidants that destroy the free radicles thay cause wrinkles and is full of folate and Vitamins B and K which reduce dark circles and any skin irritations.
We know it’s obvious, but the more water you drink the healthier your skin will be. Water flushes all of the toxins out of our bodies including those nasty ones hiding in our skin. So try to drink at least 2 and a half litres a day for the perfect dewy complexion. If you have dry skin, water adds moisture and it has been suggested that regular consumption of your 2 litres can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Green tea acts as an anti inflammatory to help to reduce blemishes and skin irritations. It is also packed with antioxidants which attack free radicals in the skin and can reduce the chances of developing skin cancer.
Peppermint is often found in over the counter soothing treatments and in tea form it can have the same effect. It is thought to balance the body’s ph levels to aid the regulation of oils in the skin’s surface and sooth skin irritations such as insect bites, rashes and sunburn.
Not just a yummy addition to a salad, avocados are becoming one of the most popular nutrient packed foods. Avocados are often used in face masks as they contain Vitamin C which is essential to the creation of elastin and collagen that are important in keeping the skin firm and plump. Fight signs of aging by eating avocados to increase protection from sun damage and repair already damaged cells.
Tomatoes contain selenium, a nutrient vital in protecting the skin from cancers and age spots. They also are one of the body’s main sources of lycopene which is what gives tomatoes their juicy, red colour. When lycopene is taken in by the body it reduces the damage made to the skin from the natural elements like the sun and wind. Due to the high volume of Vitamin C found in the fruit, tomatoes can also help to reverse signs of aging, revive dull skin and regulate moisture.
As a healthy source of vitamins and minerals nuts are the perfect all-rounder. Too many of us stay away from feasting on these little bites of goodness for fear of putting on weight but despite their high calorie content nuts are great for improving the condition and overall health of skin. All nuts contain Vitamin E, a key nutrient for keeping the skin healthy and clear, but choose almonds for a dewy complexion as they contain the highest volume of the vitamin. Eat almonds with the skin intact for an added boost of flavornoids for an overall glow.
We all know oranges contain Vitamin C but lots of other fruits have high levels of this nutrient too. Vitamin C naturally occurs in the skin but taking in the vitamin as food allows the body to replenish its stock to avoid looking dull and dehydrated. Papaya is great for firming up the skin and preventing sagging!
Dairy products are actually really bad for the skin as they are a pro-inflammatory meaning they aggravate skin conditions including sunburn! Many people have found that their acne has cleared up after cutting all milk, cheese and yogurt products out of their diet. Almond milk is the perfect dairy alternative and is especially great for the skin as it contain really high levels of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that fights free radicals to prevent premature aging and sagging. Almond milk also helps to regulate the oils that cause blackheads and blemishes.
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