So here on Average Janes we like to talk about the fancy skincare and makeup on offer to get glowing, clear and hydrated healthy skin. However, today we wanted to shine a light on the foods and drinks that you should be consuming regularly if you want naturally glowy, happy skin.
Eat your way to healthy skin
Here are our top 10 favourites that have great healthy skin benefits.
1. Fruit and Vegetables
Ok, so we’re going to start with the obvious here. We all know that eating at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day can massively improve your overall health in a number of ways, one of them being gorgeous skin. So making fruit and veg a part of every meal is a no-brainer. If you want a natural glow, stock up on yellow peppers and carrots. To reduce dryness and fine lines opt for kiwis or kale, and tuck into tomatoes if you want to improve your skin’s natural SPF (not a replacement for actual sunscreen though).
2. Green tea
Drinking a cup of green tea daily gives your skin a boost of oxygen and helps blood flow to reduce redness. The antioxidants in each cup help to smooth out your complexion and reveal beautiful skin. Peppermint tea is a huge favourite for its healing and calming properties, but it’s also super great for healthy skin. If you suffer from stress-related acne, swap your normal brew for peppermint tea and see if it makes a difference.
Swapping your sugar-filled cereal for a hearty bowl of porridge can seriously help to regulate your blood sugar levels and keep you feeling fuller for longer. In particular, we have been road-testing the Superfood Porridge from Nutriseed and we can’t get enough of it. The porridge contains goji berries, chia seeds, flaxseeds and cranberries so it packs a punch when it comes to starting your day off right. It beats regular porridge, which can become boring after time (we think anyway!). The porridge is packed with protein, nourishing fats, digestion-aiding fibre, vitamins and antioxidants – what better way to start your day!
4. Almond and coconut milk
Eating too much dairy is a very common factor in blemish-prone skin. Try reducing dairy in your diet and monitor any changes over time. An easy way to reduce the amount of dairy is to use substitutes such as oat, soy, coconut or almond milk – our favourite being the latter. Almond milk is great in smoothies, with coffee or used to make the superfood porridge mentioned above.
If you’re new to non-dairy milks, a great way to ease into it is flavoured nut milks – we’ve been trying out Rebel Kitchen’s new organic coconut mylks. Yes, that is an intentional ‘y’! Our favourite is the Chai flavour, and the coffee one is a great way to kick off the day. They also come in handy cartons perfect for taking to work for a healthy snack.
Start your day off right with porridge and almond milk. Add some nuts and seeds for extra flavour and crunch.
5. Nuts and seeds
Having an array of nuts and seeds are great as an on-the-go snack. To reap the skin benefits, opt for walnuts and Brazil nuts which are proven to prevent acne and help eczema sufferers. Why not try chia seeds with some yoghurt and berries in the morning, or try topping your salads with pumpkin or sunflower seeds to improve your skin and add a bit of crunch.
6. Goji berries
Goji berries are proven to have anti-ageing properties and protect against the appearance of wrinkles. Goji berries are packed full of Vitamin B, C and E and are great sprinkled over granola or yoghurt or can be eaten on their own as a chewy and fulfilling snack. You can also get goji berry powder which is great way to add this superfood to your diet – we’ve been trying out NutriSeed’s delicious offering. You can use it to bake with or try making a delicious smoothie combining a frozen banana, strawberries, vanilla protein powder (optional), honey and goji berry powder. A lovely post-workout drink.
Goji berries and Goji berry powder are great for anti-ageing and super healthy to boot.
7. Healthy fats
Don’t be afraid of eating fat, the good variety of course. Foods such as olive oil, avocados and oily fish are a great addition to your diet for many reasons – glowing skin being one of them. The monosaturated fatty acids contained in these foods play a role in youthful-looking skin. In addition, eating foods with Omega-3 can help with inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
8. Aloe Vera juice
Aloe Vera juice seems to have a lot of hype lately for its health benefits. It is said to aid weight loss, help digestion and immune function. We love the Simplee Aloe juices which are packed with vitamins and folic acid which helps the immune system, which in turn helps your skin.
The juices are rich in antioxidants which protect against sun or pollution damage. We particularly enjoy the Apple & Mango flavour as it’s an easy swap from regular juices with high sugar content and they are really refreshing for a mid-morning pick me up.
Aloe Vera juice helps boost the immune system and is a great alternative to sugary juices and fizzy drinks.
9. Dark Chocolate
Yes ladies, that’s right chocolate is good for you, praise the lord! Studies have proven that eating a small amount of dark chocolate helps to hydrate the skin and improve circulation. Now, we’re not saying that if you go and eat a huge bar of chocolate your skin is going to glow, but if you eat a small amount in moderation then it can be good for you. We suggest that you opt for dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (above 85%). Buying richer dark chocolate also means you tend to less of it because of its indulgent flavour.
Hello, this is Captain Obvious reporting for duty! If you want to have healthier and happier skin the best thing you can do today is drink more water. Water helps to keep your skin hydrated and looking plump, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Try to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. We find keeping a refillable water bottle at your desk is a good way of keeping hydrated.
Try adding healthy fats such as avocado, oily fish, nuts and seeds to your diet to reveal youthful skin.
So that’s our top ten tips for eating your way to healthy skin.
Do you have any tips? Share with us, @tweetjanes.