Eat your way to beautiful

Health & Wellbeing July 02 2015

You get regular facials, treatments, use the right products and take your make up off every evening, but your skin still isn’t great… sound familiar?

Blemishes, acne and uneven skin tones can be caused from anything from stress, hormones or even your daily beauty routine. However, the secret offender can commonly be your diet. Find out which foods have certain powerhouse ingredients, known to leave your skin glowing with confidence.

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Don’t cut the fat

It may be the exact opposite to what you were thinking, but naturally fatty foods such as oily fish, nuts, seeds and avocado will help reduce redness and inflammation in the skin. It’s like moisturising from the inside out, so step away from the products and towards the kitchen!

Load up on leafy greens for a glow

Spinach, broccoli and kale are constantly recommended by nutritionists, and for good reason. Packed with antioxidants, fibre and an alphabet of vitamins, greening up your diet will renew your skin to give it a healthy, youthful glow.

A perfect matcha

Matcha tea, or any green tea has long been known for its skin clearing powers, with brands such as Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden adding the natural ingredient to their formulations.  The list of benefits extends to fighting acne, protecting chromosomes from deterioration, preserving cell DNA, anti-oxidant fighting free radicals and protecting the skin against UV damage. Fill up a mug!

Water, water and more water

Clear skin starts from within, and one of the best, cheapest and most effective ways to improve your skin is with water. Keeping your fluids up will flush out toxins and replenish your skin cells, helping to fill out fine lines leaving you feeling luminous from morning to night.

Try this daily skin-boosting smoothie and see the difference:

- Blend 250 mL of coconut water (or water/ almond milk)
- 100 grams of berries
- half an avocado
- handful of spinach
- juice of half a lime

*Optional: add a sachet of skin boosting silica and collagen from Proplenish (www.proplenish.com.au) and Q Silica (www.qsilica.com.au) powder – it will supercharge your smoothie.