10 Top Foods for Glowing Skin!

Foods can harm and they can heal. They can either make you ill or help to recover from illness and the same goes for affecting your skin health. Eating junk food can have a disastrous effect on your skin, causing acne, oiliness and blocked pores. By eating these 10 Top Foods for Glowing Skin! you’ll be helping to clear your skin, reveal it’s real beauty and give it the glow you deserve!

1. Eggs

Eggs are rich in omega fatty acids, vitamin A, collagen building protein and pigments that help to protect skin against the ageing effects of UV rays. Don’t overcook your eggs though as this will diminish most of their nutrients, so boil or poach them in order to reap the skin-loving rewards.

2. Apricots

This humble fruit contains high levels of vitamin A which helps to clear your skin and even promote eye health. They also contain copper which has recently been linked to better looking skin as it has started to be included in expensive skincare products. Dried or fresh these little babies pack a nutritional punch.

3. Blackberries

Thanks to the antioxidant found in these berries, ellagic acid, they can help repair the damage caused to skin from over exposure to UV rays. They also prevent the breakdown of collagen which means skin keeps its elasticity and suppleness. Once you’ve bought a punnet, eat them within a couple of days before they lose their nutrients or better yet pick your own!

4. Liver

Not one you might’ve expected but liver is absolutely full of vitamins. An amazing source of protein and vitamin A, liver promotes healthy skin and eyes. To get the biggest benefits opt for lamb or calf liver and make sure it is free range or organic as it’ll also contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids. Opt for the tablet/capsule form if you’re not one for cooking this type of meat.

5. Sweet potato

This amazingly versatile superfood not only tastes like a treat but one potato contains more than your daily allowance of beta carotene! Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A so as you might have guessed, it promotes a healthy glow to your skin and that’s not all! Sweet potatoes also fight free radicals in your body that age your skin and can lead to various illnesses.

6. Peaches and nectarines

You might think there’s some cheating going on here but peaches and nectarines are practically sisters so it’s only right that they are merged as one. Both are great sources of vitamin C which is essential to boost the production of collagen. They also contain antioxidants that, much like sweet potatoes, help fight free radicals. Eat them before they go too ripe otherwise they lose some of these awesome benefits.

7. Coconut oil

There are endless ways you can use coconut oil to help your body, but apart from eating it the best thing to do for your skin is to put it straight on your face. It’s known to fight the bacteria that causes acne and you can either use it as a moisturiser, a mask or mix it with oats to create a sweet smelling scrub. Go for Virgin coconut oil over any others because you’ll know it hasn’t been chemically altered or treated.

8. Avocado

The natural oils, healthy fats and vitamins are fantastic at giving your skin a major boost and lift. It can be used as a face mask to put those essential fatty acids back into dull or dry skin, plus it helps to stave off inflammation. The flesh closest to the skin has the most nutritional benefit so be careful when peeling them!

9. Seeds

Although all seeds are incredibly good for you, sesame and sunflower seeds are particularly good at improving your skin thanks to their high levels of vitamin E. Vitamin E is another in the long line of awesome antioxidants that help to protect your skin cells from damage.

10. Watercress

This underestimated salad leaf is rich in sulphur which actually detoxes your skin. It detoxifies by helping protein to absorb into your skin, while purifying and building healthy cells. To get the most out of it buy organic so that it won’t have as many harmful bacteria and eat within 5 days.

Eating more of these 10 Top Foods for Glowing Skin! will not only help to flush out toxins in your skin but will restore that natural glow just in time for summer…(here’s hoping for more sun) and you’ll be ready to flaunt your makeup-free, flawless skin in no time!

Safia Yallaoui

Safia is a lifestyle blogger and coach at the fitness membership company MoveGB. She also has an MA in journalism and has done a variety of freelance work in print, radio and online. After losing 14lbs a few years ago Safia got into health and fitness realising the most important thing about clean eating is nourishing your body. She loves to keep in shape with weight training and going to fitness classes. Whilst training to be a Nutritional Therapist she is learning how to alleviate health problems by including or omitting certain foods and has a keen interest in the affects of sugar on a person's physical and mental health.

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