Skin condition reflects our overall health, and no-one wants dull, tired looking skin. Skincare products and facials can help keep our skin looking its best, but if you want your skin to glow, it helps to start from the inside out with the foods that you eat.
Here are 7 superfoods to help your skin look great:
1. Celery Juice
This is a brilliant detox drink to help reboot your system. Celery has anti-inflammatory properties, and helps stabilize the stomach’s hydrochloric acid.
Celery juice can help starve viruses, bacteria and mold in the body, which can lead to a healthier gut, reduced food cravings, and improved skin.
The optimal amount is 16 ounces of celery juice on an empty stomach every day for 30 days.
2. Oily Fish
Salmon and other oily fish like mackerel help to hydrate your cells, and the omega-3 oils are something your body can’t produce on its own. The oils in the fish help to nourish and hydrate your skin.
Some dermatologists recommend eating oily fish 3-4 times a week if you suffer from acne.
3. Cilantro (Coriander)
Cilantro is a detoxifying herb which cleans the blood and helps your body to balance grease and animal fats.
Add some fresh cilantro to curries, stews, soups, fish and chicken dishes.
4. Curry Spices
Curry powder is a mix of different spices, including turmeric, which is highly anti-inflammatory and contains a beneficial compound called curcumin. You can make face masks with curry spices to help calm redness and inflammation.
Try creating home-made curries with turmeric for clear skin.
5. Greek Yogurt
This yogurt has a lot of protein and good gut bacteria in it. The bacteria help to reset your digestion and help benefit gut health. Protein is also needed to build strong and resilient skin.
Eat some Greek yogurt before you go to bed, and it will benefit your gut bacteria while you sleep.
Vitamin C is part of a healthy diet and is great for the skin, as it helps to prevent damaging free radicals from penetrating the skin cells.
Eat oranges as a snack between meals.
Avocado is full of essential omega-3 fatty acids, and is often a key ingredient in face and hair masks. The oils are very nourishing for skin and hair, and is a good alternative to oily fish for vegans and those who don’t eat fish.
Try adding some avocado to your breakfast scrambled eggs on toast.