Eat Your Way to a Beautiful Complexion
Great skin is one of the hallmarks of being truly healthy. There are, of course, a number of creams and treatments online that will help.However, there’s a full-proof method for obtaining great skin that can’t be bought at Boots: changing your diet.
How does changing diet improve complexion?
Anyone who's been on a health kick will know just how great it makes you feel: your whole body feels like a finely-honed machine, you’re more relaxed and even breathing becomes easier. Well, that positive impact is felt on the skin too: the increase in eating fruits and vegetables means that the body gets a natural increase in vitamins. As a result, the skin becomes brighter and clearer, and looks better.
What foods work best in terms of improving complexion?
As a general rule, you should simply try and take in a large amount of fruit and vegetables. However, there are a number of other foods that also promote healthy skin, some of which might surprise you:
Wild Salmon - Yes, really.Wild salmon remains the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids on the market. As a result, it's great as an anti-inflammatory and can reduce both redness and the development of wrinkles.
Eggs - Again, yes, really. Eggs are jam-packed with lutein, a carotenoid responsible for fending off free radical damage as well as increasing skin elasticity. There are some cool Kraft Recipes online, all of which are worth looking at for creative recipe ideas with eggs.
Kiwi - containing more than double your daily vitamin C requirements, the green fruit has been shown to almost double collagen synthesis in the skin. Much better than paying through the nose for injections, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Carrots - A bit more predictable, but no less essential, carrots are perfect skin food. They're seriously high in beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A: which is basically the ultimate in terms of anti-ageing. Vitamin A both helps to repair damaged skin tissue as well as protecting the skin against ongoing damage fromthe sun and the environment in general.
Cooked tomatoes - Tomatoes are loaded up with lycopene, which is one of the most effective anti-oxidants out there. Again, this helps reduce the risk of wrinkles, acne and spots. When heated, lycopene is more easily absorbed, so make use of chopped tomatoes in every recipe you can!
The value of juicing
If you find the idea of eating an entire truckload of fruits and vegetables a bit unappealing, then consider the merits of juicing them. A high quality juicer can be found for a relatively low price, and they're usually more than capable of blending up any fruit and veg. Obviously, the early days of juicing may mean that you end up with some strange combinations (beetroot and banana, anyone?), but once you've nailed your favourite flavour mixes, you'll have an easy way to get great looking skin.
If you're struggling to get great skin, then changing your diet to include more fruit, veg and other skin-friendly foods will nearly always achieve great results.