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Is Your Diet Making Your Skin Dull?

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.

Read more about the foods you should ditch from your diet for healthy skin right here.

 

 

Three Skincare Hacks the Experts Actually Swear By

For over 20 years Paula Begoun has been busy busting beauty myths so we can all get the most out of our skincare routines. The best-selling author, founder of Paula’s Choice skincare and brains behind online beauty bible beautypedia.com talks to us about three skincare hacks that will change your complexion.

Stop Wasting Time Finding the Perfect Moisturiser 

According to Begoun most of us spend far too much time painstakingly searching for that dream moisturiser. “It’s not that moisturising isn’t important,” she explains. “But too many women
focus on finding the best “wrinkle cream” and overlook the importance of daily sun protection from a product rated SPF 30 or greater.”

Begoun says that simply put, without daily sun protection in a product loaded with great antioxidants and skin restoring ingredients, you won’t get the results you’re hoping for from any moisturiser or other types of anti-aging product. “It’s also important to consider what serums, boosters, and other product types contain the best ingredients in a better texture that can help strengthen skin, refine pores, improve skin discolourations,” she says. “All have all kinds of other benefits without being in a traditional cream or lotion.”

“Moisturisers are a dated term when what skin actually needs are brilliant targeted ingredients that help skin to act and behave like younger skin.”

Pay More Attention to Your Sunscreen 

Most of us have our sunscreen application down pat once summer arrives but according to Begoun it really is a step we should be including in our beauty routine every single day. “You need to buy one labelled “broad spectrum” to ensure you’re getting reliable protection from the sun’s UVB and UVA rays, and to choose a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.”

Begoun adds that price isn’t always an indicator of efficacy and she says to be wary of expensive sunscreens for the body. “Sunscreens must be applied liberally in order to get the stated level of protection, and you’re more likely to skimp on application when using an expensive sunscreen.”

“Last, choose a sunscreen for your face that also contains several antioxidants (like vitamins and non-fragrant plant extracts) as well as skin restoring ingredients,” she advises. “Research has shown that antioxidants offer enhanced environmental defense for skin and anti-ageing ingredients mean you only need one moisturiser for daytime, not two.”

Forget Everything you Thought you Knew About Exfoliation 

Once you’ve got your daily sunscreen application sorted, Begoun says it’s time to pay more attention to how you’re exfoliating your skin. But you can forget about harsh, abrasive scrubs – Begoun says gentle scrubs are best for extra cleansing.

“The benefits from a leave-on AHA (alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) are amazing for numerous skin concerns including wrinkles, uneven skin tone, redness, breakouts, clogged and/or enlarged pores, and dehydration. Adding this type of product to your morning or evening skincare routine
can make a world of difference,” she explains.

Want healthy skin that glows? Our favourite experts share their top tips to get radiant skin right here.