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Eating healthy is a popular goal added to most New Year’s Resolutions lists, whether it be for weight loss, improved health, or general wellbeing. But as you may well know, what goes into your stomach can also have a huge impact on your skin. We’ve all experienced the post-sugar rush breakout and regretted devouring that packet of Tim Tams that we didn’t really need but just couldn’t resist!
Paired with a solid skincare regime, it’s important to eat well to get your skin in tip-top shape. So, let’s look at some of the foods that will help you achieve the skin results you want to see this 2020.
Healthy fats help to keep your skin hydrated and prevent dryness, resulting in a radiance and softness to your complexion. Avocados are very high in Omega 3 fatty acids, not to mention super tasty!
Meal tip: Add some smashed avo to your breakfast each day or whip up some guacamole for a nutritious snack. You can add a squeeze of lemon to prevent it from going brown.
Fatty fish contain Omega 3 fatty acids, helping to keep your skin supple and moisturised. Fish also contains zinc, a mineral that regulates inflammation and helps produce new skin cells. An increase in zinc intake can promote healing of acne wounds and scars.
Meal tip: Pan fry until the skin is crispy and pair with your favourite side salad, or make some yummy salmon fish cakes.
Broccoli is a natural anti-inflammatory, high in fibre and folate, and contains carotenoids that prevent your skin from becoming dry and wrinkled. Some studies say it may even have anti-cancer effects, including some types of skin cancer.
Meal tip: Steam along with some of your veggie favourites, or get your creative on and make a healthy broccoli salad.
Nuts and seeds are full of skin-boosting nutrients and antioxidants that keep your skin clear, smooth and youthful. They also contain naturally hydrating oils that help to prevent wrinkles.
Meal tip: Snack on some sunflower seeds between meals or add a handful of crushed walnuts to your salads.
An herbal tea is not only a relaxing beverage, but it also reduces inflammation of the skin. Some herbal teas such as ginger and green tea also work wonders for digestions.
Meal tip: Brew yourself an herbal tea following a meal to help aid digestion, or enjoy a chamomile on an evening to help wind down after a long day at work. Dream Spa provides an herbal tea following all pampers as a relaxing finish to your treatment.
High in antioxidants, berries are a great (and yummy) addition to your diet that can prevent premature ageing and wrinkles. Berries can protect your skin from sun damage and also help decrease redness.
Meal tip: Enjoy a mixed berry smoothie, or add a handful of blueberries and raspberries to your morning cereal.
Because, come on, we need a dessert item on the list! Dark chocolate is rich in a range of vitamins, plus iron and calcium, and it can help boost your skin’s moisture, as well as lower your blood pressure. Make sure your chocolate of choice is at least 70% cocoa and that you don’t over-indulge! Experts recommend around 30-40g of dark chocolate, which is around 8 squares – not bad!
Meal tip: Snack on a few squares of Old Gold to kill the sugar cravings, or melt it over a stove for some fondue fun complete with strawberries for dipping.
If you’re going on a health kick this 2020, make sure you have fun with it and mix up those recipes to avoid bland and repetitive meals. Meal planning and prep will help keep you in the habit of healthy eating and prevent bad decisions made in a moment of hungriness. And if your skin still won’t behave, give us a call and we’ll recommend a great facial to help give your skin the boost it needs!