7 Foods for Healthy Skin
We often think of our skin as one being one of the most obvious outward expressions of our internal health and wellbeing.
While this isn't necessarily always the case, your skin is the first barrier of defence against the outside world. It goes up against a multitude of stressors every single day: environmental pollutants, sun damage, foods, mental and physical stress, and more, so could benefit from a little TLC.
Read on to discover seven healthy foods that will nourish your skin from the inside out.
1. Oily Fish
Oily fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, anchovies and sea bass are rich in the long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA & DHA. Increased consumption has been linked with improved resistance to sunburn [*].
Omega-3 fatty acids can also have an anti-inflammatory effect, which may play a role in reducing acne [*].
Collagen is widely considered the building block of healthy skin, hair, nails and connective tissues. It’s perhaps then no surprise that collagen consumption has been linked with reduced skin dryness, increased suppleness [*], and a decrease in wrinkle depth [*].
You’ll find collagen in bone broth, but it can also be consumed in a concentrated supplement form.
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3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant and can help with collagen absorption.
They also contain beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A. Regular consumption may help to protect against sun damage and provide the skin with a slightly warm glow [*]
Avocados are packed full of micronutrients, healthy oils and antioxidants like Vitamin E.
Studies suggest that increased fat consumption can result in more supple skin [*] - all the more reason to load up on the guacamole!
5. Dark Chocolate
The good news that everyone was hoping for: dark chocolate is considered a superfood.
To maximise the benefits and minimise sugar consumption, opt for the darker varieties - ideally above 70%.
6. Leafy Greens
Leafy greens like spinach, kale and chard are rich in Vitamin K - an important micronutrient that supports circulation. They are also jam-packed with antioxidants that help fend off free radicals, potentially protecting your skin against premature ageing.
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