I am sure that some of you out there (like me) can’t be bothered to contour every single day. Sometimes we’re in a rush, sometimes we just feel like being natural (sometimes we question whether we can even contour!) This means that on those days where we don’t contour, our skin can look a little bit dry, pale or covered in acne; which nobody wants to show off quite frankly. But, what if your skin was so good, glowing and healthy looking, that you didn’t need to cover up?
Not only can the right food be good for your mind and body, it can also have positive benefits for your skin. I have carefully selected 5 foods (out of the apparent endless list of foods which are good for your skin) for you to take away today and add to your shopping list. Try it, give it a few weeks and see if there’s a noticeable difference to your skin, you can thank me later!
Let’s kick start this list with olive oil. Not only is olive oil good to eat and good to put on damaged hair; it’s good for skin. Olive oil contains three antioxidants: Vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols. Which sounds quite good doesn’t it, but what are they? To put it simply, antioxidants counteract damaging effects of oxidation on tissue. More specifically, vitamin E prevents cell damage, polyphenols prevent degenerative diseases and phytosterols have anti-aging benefits (protection against UV light and restoring smoothness). Another component that is thought to be found in this oil is hydroxytyrosol; this is suggested to prevent free radical damage to skin.
- You can incorporate olive oil into your daily routine by applying a small amount as you would a moisturiser in the morning before you’ve applied your make up or in the evening before you go to sleep.
- You could make your own facemask with olive oil. Mix together sea salt with a small amount of olive oil, this will give an exfoliation effect that will reach deep into your pours; the olive oil will bring moisture back to the skin.
I am absolutely loving rooibos and green tea right now. Green tea contains antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, polyphenols, B vitamins, folate, potassium, magnesium and caffeine. Not only does it have a long list of benefits for your mind and body, it also has a range of skin benefits which you too, can enjoy. You can choose to drink the tea, add it to homemade face masks, or put the (cold) tea bags directly onto your skin and delicate eye area.
- If you don’t like the taste of green tea but still want to enjoy the benefits, put the cold tea bags directly onto your skin, the antioxidants and vitamin K will sink into your skin and it will treat puffy eyes and lighten dark circles – perfect for those horrible winter mornings. You can also place it onto other areas of your skin if you suffer from redness, blemishes and acne; the catechins found in the tea are antibacterial, so it will flush out toxins and reduce inflammation.
- If you want to directly drink the tea, it has been found to have anti-aging, polyphnols and antioxidant benefits which have been shown to delay sun damage, fine lines, skin cancer and development of wrinkles.
I’m rather impressed with almonds. Not only do 12 almonds prove to be an ideal 100 calorie snack, it can also help achieve a great complexion. So what’s so great about almonds? Well, they contain antioxidants (including vitamin E). They contain magnesium which is though to fight against stress hormones, therefore it fights against aging and breakouts. Finally (believe it or not) it contains calcium! This is good because it means that it helps your cells to absorb nutrients.
- You can crush almonds to have with your porridge or have them whole as a snack.
- If you don’t like almonds, you can buy almond oil or crush a few when making a homemade face mask.
I just love strawberries! I think they’re under rated; strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange, yet for some reason we are taught to associate oranges with vitamin C! Strawberries also contain other vitamins and minerals, all of which are so good for you. Click here to find out more about fruit.
Not only is a handful of strawberries 1 of your “many” a day, it also has great benefits for skin. Similarly to the others listed above, strawberries can also be crushed and put directly onto your skin. The one benefit that stands out to me is that fact that apparently strawberries contain alpha-hydroxy acid. This is thought to act as a cleanser because it removes dead skin cells and tighten pores; this reduces the amount of dirt going into pores and therefore reduces the risk of breakouts.
That’s right, eggs! Personally, I’m not brave enough to mush eggs up and cover my face in it, far too smelly I’m sure! Eggs are great because they are high in protein and low in fat. Low fat diets have shown to reduce the development of wrinkles by up to 28%. Not only that, eggs are full of two antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin. The two have been known to quadruple protection against the UV damage; therefore leading to reduced lines, brown spots, and skin cancer.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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