The saying “you are what you eat” isn’t just a cliché, it’s actually true. The foods and drinks you consume on a daily basis have a huge effect on your skin, and can be the difference between a healthy, glowing radiant, complexion and a dull, tired one. You’ve probably heard that certain foods could have a greater benefit for your skin due to contents, so we’ve put together a list which you may want to think about adding to your diet.

These green fruits are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is great news for your skin. The fat is tiny so it can slip through membranes and protect cells from free radical damage. Monounsaturated fat also helps to maintain moisture in the epidermis, helping it to stay soft and hydrated. They are a great source of the antioxidant carotenoids which have been shown to improve skin’s density, tone and texture. Antioxidants also fight free radical damage, these are highly unstable molecules which attack healthy cells and damage collagen. Finally they are good sources of vitamin C, needed for collagen and elastin production, and vitamin E, which is eases dryness and bolsters UV defences.

This peppery spice contains curcuminoid pigments that turn on the genes that enhance the body’s synthesis of antioxidants. Tumeric protects brain and skin cells from free radical damage, improving concentration and slowing the formation of lines and wrinkles. Try adding a dash to an almond milk, banana and honey smoothie.

Green Vegetable Juice
Juicing green vegetables breaks down the plant’s cell walls so the nutrients can be quickly absorbed into the body with minimal digestive effort. It’s one of the quickest ways to infuse the body with antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins and minerals which are all beneficial to the health of your skin. Opting for vegetables over fruit also means a lower sugar content, which is better for your skin in the long run. Use vegetables which are in season, for example try cucumber, fennel, mint, kiwi fruit and lime in the summer and in the winter opt for a juice made from celery, fennel, apple and kale.

Hemp Seeds
These little seeds can help improve the firmness and radiance of your skin. They’re the only edible source of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), an anti-inflammatory omega-6 fat which forms part of the membrane that surrounds skin cells. Hemp seeds are also a great source of protein for those on a plant-based diet, three tablespoons contains 15 grams of protein. Protein helps synthesise collagen and elastin, which are needed to keep skin firm, supple and elastic.

A type of complex carbohydrate, oats are low-glycaemic which means they don’t spike your blood sugar levels like refined breads, pasta and rice. High-glycaemic foods have been known to cause lines and wrinkles. They also have a natural plant chemical that helps prevent damage to skin cells and soothe irritation.

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