Eat your way to better skin


Your skin will only benefit from a diet rich in fresh foods. Be sure to hydrate your skin by drinking lots of water and wash all fresh fruit and vegetables  to remove chemical residues



In recent years, skin ageing has been attributed to an excess of free radicals which cause cell damage. Certain substances in food labelled antioxidants are thought to help combat the signs of ageing by protecting cells from free radicals. Antioxidants include:

Vitamin C – found in citrus fruits, raw cabbage, broccoli and tomatoes

Vitamin E – found in avocados, blackberries vegetable oils, seeds and nuts

Vitamin A  – (or beta carotene) found in eggs, butter, liver, cantaloupe melon, sweet potatoes, broccoli, green and yellow vegetables, apricots and carrots

Phytochemicals – found in dark, leafy vegetables, potatoes, black currants,  citrus fruits and garlic

Selenium – found in brazil nuts, kidneys, lentils, tuna and prawns

Increase your intake of antioxidant rich foods to fight the ageing effects of free radicals



Dry, tired looking skin can often be the result of dehydration, a fat free diet or a nutrient deficiency. Ensure that your diet contains the following:

Omega 3 fatty acids – that help to reduce inflammation, are found in oily fish, corn and olive oil

Zinc – found in meat, liver, eggs, poultry, prawns, milk, whole grains, pumpkin seeds

Lycopene – rich cantaloupe and tomatoes help prevent and repair sun damage

Hyaluronic acid rich cabbage helps the skin retain moisture

Eczema causes flaky, itchy skin. Foods high in essential fatty acids, such as vegetable oils, seeds and nuts, can help to soothe skin bothered by eczema



Unpleasant skin conditions can often be a sign that you need to include specific foods in your diet

Pale and / or itchy skin may be the result of iron deficiency. Common iron- rich foods include red meats, egg yolk, green leafy vegetables, dried fruit such as apricots, prunes and raisins, dried beans, potatoes and wholegrain cereals

Scaly skin  may be caused by vitamin B2 deficiency. Vitamin B2 is found in milk, cheese, fish, poultry and green vegetables

Acne prone skin  can be helped by eating dark, leafy green vegetables such as spinach and kale; soya and foods rich in vitamin E, C and Zinc are also essential for spot-free skin. 

The amount of oil in your diet can determine the amount of oil in your skin, especially if you are prone to greasy skin.


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