When it comes to your skin, what you eat can have a huge impact on how it looks. If superfoods aren’t a staple in your diet but sugar and processed foods are, this can show up on your face in the form of dullness, acne, dryness and a weak skin barrier. Not only will superfoods fuel a healthy body and mind, they also have the potential to solve your biggest skin concerns and lead you to your most glowing complexion yet…
Most dark or brightly coloured berries count as superfoods, but blueberries are one of our go-tos because they are an amazing source of antioxidants known as Polyphenols which can help calm the skin. Every day, our skin is faced with aggressors, damage and irritants which can sensitise it so by adding this juicy berry into your diet, you’re going to help defend it and create a stronger, more radiant complexion.
These little guys can be easily sprinkled into a smoothie or onto your morning porridge so that your skin can reap the benefits of one of the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds promote healthier skin cell function and new collagen production to keep your complexion strong and wrinkle-free for longer.
Also known as Linseed, Flaxseed oil is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. When incorporated into your diet, this effective oil can calm and intensely moisturise the skin from the inside. As it improves the skin’s moisture levels, it works to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines to promote a more youthful-looking complexion.
Easily added to a smoothie or used to season eggs, this vibrant spice is a natural source of curcumin which possesses antioxidant and calming abilities. It can help to reduce redness from blemishes and soothe skin conditions like eczema and rosacea, plus it’s a natural antiseptic which makes it excellent for calming acne thanks to its ability to keep bacteria from spreading.
Most popular in beverages, this potent antioxidant is considered the most effective for addressing signs of ageing such as wrinkles and loss of firmness. It contains a polyphenolic compound EGCG (Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate) which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent acne, regulate sebum production and reduce the risk of melanoma.
Try swapping sugary cereal for a bowl of oats in the morning and your skin will thank you for it. This superfood is low on the glycemic index which means it won’t cause a dramatic spike and crash in your blood sugar levels, which can help prevent acne breakouts, inflammation and uncomfortable dryness as your blood sugar levels are more stable.
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