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Super Foods for Super Skin

Super Foods for Super Skin

After the harsh winter weather, you might feel like your skin needs a boost for the new season. This doesn’t mean that you need to spend hours searching for the perfect bottle of serum or face cream. The foods that you eat are more important to your skin health and here are a few suggestions to get your Spring Glow on!

Avocado    

Avocados are rich in healthy fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins which promote healthy, plump and youthful skin from the inside. Avocados are also beneficial for psoriasis and other skin problems. A 2001 study published in Dermatology, provided evidence that psoriasis patients using avocado oil for 12 weeks showed a consistent improvement throughout the study period.

Avocado oil is a natural beauty treatment growing in popularity.  You can use avocado oil on your face as a very effective natural moisturiser and you can also use it as a healthy salad dressing. Avocado oil contains hormone-like phytosterols that have a regenerative effect on mature skin.

Carrots

Carrots are not just rabbit food! Carrots contain carotenoids which protect the skin from sun damage. I like to eat raw carrots which research has shown can nurture skin, hair and nails and provide a source of vitamin A which is essential for replenishing cells. Get crunching today!

Garlic

Although garlic is not an obvious choice because of its strong odour this popular kitchen ingredient can increase circulation thereby increasing the blood flow to the skin to impart a healthy glow.

Garlic can help to promote collagen to strengthen skin, hair and nails. Garlic also contains sulphur as do all members of the onion family, which helps maintain skin elasticity and prevents premature ageing.

Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that can have an anti-ageing effect on skin and protect the skin from free radicals. Out of all the antioxidants, the components of green tea are the most powerful. Many people say they don’t like green tea, but I think that is because they have not tried a good quality brand. The green tea bags available in the supermarkets are generally poor quality and can leave a bad taste in your mouth. You really need to invest in an organic loose-leaf tea which is a totally different drinking experience.

 

References:

https://draxe.com/avocado-oil/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11586013