SOME foods are key to achieving that healthy glow. Frida Harju-Westman, in-house nutritionist at the health app Lifesum (www.lifesum.com), shares 5 foods that are essential for great looking skin.
Packed with high amounts of fibre, protein, magnesium, vitamin B6, E and K, avocados also possess biotin. Not only is biotin essential for helping prevent brittle hair and nails, it also helps combat dry skin. Unlike other fruits, avocados also contain Omega-9 fats which can help repair damaged skin by reducing irritation and redness.
Dark leafy greens such as spinach are full of beta-carotenes which help rejuvenate your skin cells. Spinach is also full of vitamin A, C and B6 which, when combined, help prevent the appearance of wrinkles and limit damage to the surface of the skin from the environment.
Mackerel is rich in EFAs – essential fatty acids which are the important nutrients for helping your cells to retain water and flush out toxins. By helping your cells retain their water balance, the EFAs help your skin look plump and hydrated. EFAs can help to counter dryness in the skin, perfect if you suffer from mild eczema.
Garlic cloves are full of a natural chemical called allicin, which, when digested, reacts with the blood to kill off harmful bacteria, including that which causes acne and other skin infections.
Pumpkin seeds contain very high levels of vitamin E which helps to improve the skin tone, as well as vitamin A which helps to repair existing skin problems and generate the production of new skin cells. Not only this, but pumpkin seeds contain zinc and selenium, which help to protect your skin against environmental pollution and UV rays, whilst the essential fatty acids contained in the seeds, help to maintain the moisture levels of your skin.