More than just Popeye’s food of choice, spinach is not only (in my opinion a tasty addition to any pasta dish), but also packed full of nutrients which can help promote healthy skin and fight the aging process. Containing iron, vitamin C and vitamin K spinach will help give you a lovely glow, create new skin cells and prevent dark, baggy circles. Not only that, but one cup of spinach contains 164 grams of water, helping to hydrate your skin. Spinach may have helped our favourite sailor man be strong to the finish; but for the rest of us it is a vital food that will help provide a healthy glow from the very beginning of your day.
Carrots are made up of Beta-carotene, a nutrient that is converted to Vitamin A inside your body. Vitamin A helps repair tissue as well as providing protection from the sun’s glare (admittedly not a massive issue on our weather challenged Island). This multi-talented vitamin is also an antioxidant that attacks free radicals – helping to prevent the main signs of aging. And for those readers who struggle with thinning, limp hair vitamin A should help in your campaign for luscious locks.
Blueberries are part of that special category of food; they are a super food. So whilst snacking on this delectable treat you can feel smug in the knowledge that somewhere a Hollywood superstar (probably Gwnyth Paltrow) is sampling the same fruit. Deliciously low in calories (a cup contains only 84 calories and only half a gram of fat), amongst a myriad of benefits they can be made into a face mask.
- 2/3 cup of blueberries (organic to avoid pesticides or other chemicals on your skin)
- 2/3 cup of coconut yogurt or coconut mil
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- 1 teaspoon of oatmeal
Mash the berries into the yoghurt and then add oatmeal and honey, apply liberally onto your face, leave on for 15 minutes and then stare awe-struck in the mirror at your transformed, glowing face.
I’m afraid this does not include that sneaky table spoon of peanut butter you ate last night nor does it cover you for pralines and cream ice cream. Raw nuts, the unadulterated version, are a fantastic food group that can offer some rejuvenating qualities for your skin.
- Almonds are packed full of fatty acids that can help reduce swelling and inflammation. A worthwhile treat for those suffering from eczema and other skin problems.
- Pecans are high in fibre and will help your digestive system and get rid of toxins. These harmful toxics can affect your skin – causing breakouts and dullness.
- Chestnuts – a Christmas classic packed full of Vitamin C, they will help prevent the breakdown of collagen and help protect your skin, as well as tasting particularly delicious roasted on a cold winter night.
Containing lots of Omega-3 fatty acids salmon is a super fish for helping your skin. A natural anti-inflammatory it will help reduce any puffiness around the eyes as well as helping to alleviate acne and other skin problems. Introducing salmon as part of a balanced diet could even help your skin look younger and possibly reduce the risk of skin cancer.