• Summer Glow – Top 10 beauty foods for clear healthy skin

    October 17, 2014 • BEAUTY

     

    Eat your way to healthy, glowing skin this summer with our top 10 beauty foods. These foods contain specific nutrients that work at a cellular level to nourish your skin from the inside out so you can GLOW the natural way. Great makeup starts with clear healthy skin so turn your pantry into a beauty cabinet.

    1. Almonds

    almonds as beauty food

    Almonds are one of the best sources of wrinkle fighting antioxidants like glycoside and Vitamin E, which work together to neutralise free radicals and protect cells.  Vitamin E also helps maintain skin elasticity, promotes tissue repair and heals cracked lips, the perfect remedy if you’ve had too much sun!

     

     

    2. Avocado

    Avocados contain monounsaturated fatty acids to replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier to keep it soft and hydrated during the warmer, drier months. They also contain antioxidants carotenoids and Vitamin E to reduce damage from free radicals caused by the sun. Carotenoids are also known to improve your skin’s density, thickness and tone.

     

     

    3. Flaxseeds

    Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids will help to keep skin plump, moisturised (coat the skin cells to lock in moisture) and supple whilst also reducing damaging inflammation and keeping hair and nails strong. Lignans in linseeds are also natural anti-inflammatories and help to heal and repair skin.

     

     

    4. Blueberries

    Blueberries are one of the highest sources of antioxidants in the world, which again help fight wrinkle formation and fine lines caused by too much sun. Many of the vitamins in blueberries, like Vitamin C strengthen blood vessels , improving the appearance of broken capillaries or spider veins.

     

     

    5. Spinach

    Not only Spinach, but other dark leafy greens such as kale and parsley are packed with Phytochemicals and folates to help hydrate skin and keep it healthy. It is also high in Vitamin A, which helps the skin effectively retain moisture. Plus they’re a rich source of iron, which is necessary for firm, plump skin that is magnetic. (radiates health)

     

     

    6. Tomato

    Tomatoes’ contain the potent antioxidant lycopene, its high fat solubility makes it a natural defence against UV rays. Its high Vitamin A content also adds shine to your hair, keeping it strong by protecting it from free radicals. Vitamin A also works to protect and brighten eyes whilst Vitamin K reduces the appearance of dark circles.

     

     

    7. Lemon

    Lemons are rich in Vitamin C, which allows for the formation of collagen for plump, smooth skin. Lemons are also excellent for breakouts and reducing the appearance of pigmentation and sun spots (when used both inside and out) Lemons are also an alkalizing food, which helps to balance the body’s PH and reduce redness, irritation and dryness.

     

     

    8. Turmeric

    Curcumin is the key active in turmeric that gives it anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits for a brighter complexion and reduced redness and puffiness, especially under the eyes. Turmeric’s antibacterial properties help fight acne and other impurities and are also fantastic for evening skin tone and reducing pigmentation when eaten regularly or applied topically.

     

     

    9. Green tea

    Green tea is packed with polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that work to keep collagen in your skin strong, helping to maintain a tight and smooth complexion. Catechins in green tea also soothe digestion by maintaining healthy gut bacteria while reducing inflammation from the inside out. Drinking green tea throughout the day is also a great way to keep your skin hydrating and nourished from the inside out.

     

     

    10. Yoghurt

    Good gut health is essential. Probiotics in yoghurt help skin fight inflammation and wrinkles. and plays an important role in keeping the body’s good microbes in balance reducing blemishes and outbreaks. The calcium in milk helps regulate skin lipid content thus preventing dryness. Vitamin B helps protect cells from oxygen damage and supports cellular energy production.

    Blog post provided by cindy luken Founder luk beautifood and food scientist.