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Published: 04 May 2021

Food that makes you GLOW

That Hollywood glow we all crave doesn’t just come from a good facial or skincare (though they can help!). Beautiful, glowing skin really starts from within, and can very much be affected by the food choices we make. We’re not saying you must give up pizza or chips (we wouldn’t wish that on anybody!) – just that incorporating more of the right food will have great results on your skin.

Chia seeds
Chia seeds are a wonder addition to any diet: full of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, these little food heroes help with collagen production and healthy skin cell function. Sprinkle them on salads, yogurts or try a delicious Chia seed pudding.

Avocados
We know just about everyone and their mother recommends avocados – but it’s not without reason! Avocados are high in healthy fats, and a great source of vitamin E and vitamin C – all things your skin loves. Try with eggs on toasts, in smoothies or with salads. Bonus tip – scoop and mash avocados into ice cube trays to extend shelf life.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain high levels of vitamin A, which may help reduce oil production in the skin. They also taste delicious! Swap regular potato wedges for sweet potatoes or bake and wrap in foil for a tasty and filling snack.

Grapefruit
Grapefurit is rich in nutrients, antioxidants and fiber, making it one of the healthiest citrus fruits you can eat! High in vitamin C, it encourages collagen production. Try for breakfast or as a snack – too sour? Sprinkle a tiny bit of sugar on.

Beans
Cheap, delicious, and versatile – beans are a great addition to anyone’s diet. These little plant proteins are packed with vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium and zinc. Add to rice, mince dishes, or salads. Bonus tip: try roasting beans for a snack that rivals crisps!  

Dark Leafy Greens
Don’t worry – if you hate kale, there are alternates! Spinach, cabbage, chard and kale do wonders for your skin and general health though. They have great levels of magnesium, vitamins, and minerals, and support hyaluronic acid production, which helps the skin retain its moisture. Throw in a smoothie, soup or roast with a little oil and salt for a new way to enjoy your greens.

Salmon
Not only is salmon rich in omega-3s and boosts collagen production, salmon is also great for lowering risk of heart disease and for lowering blood pressure. Try with rice and vegetables, a delicious homemade sauce or with sweet potatoes for a new take on “fish and chips”!

Published: 04 May 2021