“You are what you eat” may be a tired expression but the results of feeding your skin from within are anything but. Healthy, radiant skin is not only about using high-quality skincare products - it all starts from the inside out.
Doesn’t it make sense that your internal health will reflect your outer glow? A healthy gut can have a huge impact on your complexion. It can flush toxins from your body and ensure it’s absorbing all the nutrients from your food. The best way to boost your gut health is to fill your body with whole, fresh foods every day.
In this insight, we shine a spotlight on five of our favourite foods that nourish your skin from within and give you that healthy glow we all love.
A handful of almonds is the ultimate on-the-go snack. Almonds are full of Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps repair scarred cells and acts as an antioxidant, working to keep your body free of free radicals. Almonds are also one of the best sources of dairy-free calcium.
If you’re forking out for skincare, make sure you get it with a side of smashed avo. This brunch stable is not only an iconic Aussie favourite but also a skin superfood.
Avocado is full of monosaturated fatty acids that help fight skin inflammation and promote a healthy glow. It’s also full of Vitamin E which can aid in tissue repair and neutralise free radicals that may age your skin. As a potent source of healthy fats, avocados can also help you absorb many of the fat-soluble vitamins that help protect your skin from sun damage.
Blueberries may be small, but they pack a punch in terms of juicy flavour and nutritional content. Their rich blue hue is thanks to a class of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which help to nourish your cells, boosting the strength of collagen fibres and fight free radicals that can damage and age your skin.
Blueberries are also rich in Vitamin C to boost your immune system, fight inflammation and brighten the skin. Add them to a smoothie, your morning porridge, or enjoy them on their own - these tasty baby blues are a brightening booster whichever way you enjoy them.
These tiny seeds were a staple in the diets of Aztecs and Mayans - making them an ancient superfood. Chia is also a great source of plant protein that helps maintain collagen in the skin.
Chia seeds are bursting in omega-3 fats (but less fishy and vegan) which can help to combat acne, hydrate your skin, calm down inflammation and promote that healthy glow.
Try this delicious chia pudding to get in your daily dose of healthy fats.
This leafy green is full of our favourite antioxidant vitamins - yes, you Vitamin A, C and E!
Vitamin A helps to improve the skin’s lipid barrier and boost blood circulation to increase the production of structural proteins such as collagen and elastin for taut, plump and youthful skin. Vitamin C and E aid in skin repair and fights inflammation for skin that glows with health.
Sauté your spinach and sprinkle with some fresh lemon for optimal iron absorption or start your mornings with a bit of get up and glow by adding it to your smoothie along with blueberries and chia.
So whether it is acne, premature ageing, wrinkles or other skin condition you are looking to treat or ward off, your diet is an essential factor. We might not be able to control factors such as genetics and skin types, but we can enjoy delicious food that gives us radiant skin at any age.