They say you are what you eat, meaning what you put inside your mouth with show through on the outside over time. No, eating pizza five times per week won't make your eyes turn into pepperoni while your hair turns a crust-like texture, but it will effect the quality and health of your skin. In many people, acne – along with unhealthy hair, skin and nails – is often caused by things like stress, hormone fluctuations and unhealthy lifestyles, and treated with over-the-counter antibiotics and treatments.
However, there are a number of foods long-heralded for their skin clearing properties that, added to your diet over time, may help to significantly improve the quality of your skin. Foods that are rich in copper, zinc or iron help promote the cell renewal growth process, and foods acting as a source of vitamin-A help speed up cell turnover and keep skin supple! Meanwhile, snacks that are high in anti-oxidants can brighten up your eyes, making them appear more youthful, while B vitamins can help strengthen nails, and omega-3s act as your very own wrinkle-reducer.
Try combining our top 5 foods with fresh air, plenty of exercise, and a good skin care regime and you'll have healthy, glowing skin in no time!
YOGURT AND BERRIES
While a good eight-hour sleep is a must for enhancing beauty and giving you a radiant, morning glow, don't stop there! Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a naturally saccharine bowl of Greek yogurt and berries to help clear pores and reduce puffy skin.
Greek yogurt is filled with good bacteria and amino acids that help hydrate the skin and remove dark circles from under your eyes. The berries, on the other hand, work equally as well as a beauty enhancer, containing anti-oxidants that help diminish wrinkles, sagging skin and discolouration. Berries also enhance collagen production, keeping skin plump!
Looking for a quick snack? Reach for a few carrots dipped in hummus to protect your skin from sun damage, preventing wrinkles and spots. On top of this seriously amazing health benefit, carrots are rich in Vitamin A and zinc, which are crucial for promoting a healthy scalp and as a result, an overall healthy head of hair.
Avocado is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which hydrate and soften your skin (who needs expensive face creams?). Avocado also contains biotin, which helps to prevent dry hair and brittle nails. For the full-on home spa experience, mix avocado with egg yolk and apply it to your skin and/or hair for your very own home treatment. If you'd rather not smear avocado and egg all over your face, try seasoning it with lemon and sea salt to add a little zest to your beauty-enhancing lunch.
Like avocado, salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that are said to be the best defence against wrinkles, while enforcing cell membranes yielding softer, smoother skin. It also contains Vitamin B12 and iron, helping to maintain a healthy head of hair. The best part? Omega-3 fatty acids also act as a mood-booster, making you feel beautiful from the inside out!
Believe it or not, chocolate may not be the reason you experienced acne breakouts throughout your teenage years. Studies have shown that flavonols found in dark chocolate will help your skin protect itself from UV damage, improve hydration and thickness, and increase blood flow. Dark chocolate is also full of copper, zinc, and iron, promoting the cell renewal growth process and increasing oxygen and blood flow to the scalp giving you stronger, healthier hair.
Although one simple serving of any one of these snacks and meals may not leave you instantly flawless, a consistent dose of healthy vitamins can gradually enhance your overall look, leaving you with fresh, radiant skin and long, luscious locks.