Is your diet making your skin dull? We take a look at the changes you can make to help improve skin tone, texture and luminosity.
While a thorough skincare routine will help you on your way to achieving your skincare goals, it’s very easy to undo all the good work through bad lifestyle habits. Too much sun exposure, lack of sleep and alcohol can all have an impact on your skin.
Your diet is also key to ensuring that your skin looks younger and healthier for longer. And although no diet can completely reverse the effects of ageing, there are certain foods packed with nutrients that improve skin tone and boost immunity.
If you think your diet could be impacting your skin, it might be time to cut back on processed food and sugar and add the following 8 foods to your diet.
Blueberries: high in antioxidants and vitamin C, this superfruit is a must for those wanting to minimise the effects of ageing. Celebrity nutritionist Lisa DeFazio explains why you should be eating blueberries: “They give you protection against skin-damaging free radicals from sun exposure, stress, and pollution, and they have vitamin C, which helps prevent the wrinkling effects of sun damage.” Read more on the health benefits of blueberries.
Turmeric: the pigment curcumin which is present in this powerful spice fights ageing and degenerative diseases, as well as cell damage. It also battles inflammation, enhancing general wellbeing throughout the body. Read more on the healing powers of turmeric.
Capsicum: just half a cup of red capsicum provides 158% of the daily recommended quantity of vitamin C, essential for boosting the immune system. Vitamin C is also proven to slow the development of age-related macular degeneration.
Mushrooms: one of the few foods that contain vitamin D naturally, mushrooms are a must for people wanting to maintain healthy bones. Vitamin D enables the absorption of calcium, which helps our bones stay strong and fight ageing.
Dark chocolate: thankfully, dark chocolate is packed with flavanols which enhance blood flow to the skin, increasing firmness. Flavanols also protect the skin from sun damage by absorbing UV radiation.
Brazil nuts: These South American nuts are extremely high in the antioxidant selenium, which plays a vital role in DNA synthesis and protects the body from infection. Just 6-8 nuts a day provide sufficient daily selenium.
Tuna and salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids, which tuna and salmon are high in, are known to reduce inflammation. Quashing inflammation avoids unnecessary stress and poor sleep and helps defend the body against general illness. Read more on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.
Pomegranate seeds: a University of California study found that older adults with age-related memory issues experienced increased brain function and memory retention after drinking 230ml of pomegranate juice a day. Pomegranate seeds contain compounds that increase the body’s ability to retain collagen and fight damage caused by free radicals.