They don’t call broccoli a super-veg for nothing. Cruciferous vegetables are packed with vitamin C, which can help improve skin tone, texture and hydration.
Broccoli also contains vitamin A, which can lift and firm skin.
“Vitamin-A deficiencies can result in cloudy eyes instead of clear eyes that sparkle,” says dietician Melanie McGrice. “Broccoli is high in sulphur, which helps get rid of toxins in the liver that can find their way through your skin, reducing clarity and elasticity,” adds naturopath Karina Francois.
“Tomatoes contain the powerful antioxidant lycopene, which might protect your skin from UV damage,” McGrice explains.
Tomatoes contain vitamins A, B and C, which can improve skin tone and reduce the
appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while building collagen and maintaining elasticity.
The astringent properties of salicylic acid found in tomatoes also absorb excess oil,
which can reduce the appearance of large pores, Francois adds.
Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries contain beautifying antioxidants.
“In addition to vitamin C, which helps give your skin its structure and elasticity, they contain ellagic acid, a chemical capable of repelling free radicals,” Francois says.
4. COCONUT OIL
This contains lauric acid, a fatty acid that’s great for nourishing dry hair and skin. Also swish it around in your mouth to help reduce bacteria.
“It’s antiviral and germ-fighting properties also make it effective at treating a range of inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne and eczema,” Francois explains.
5. OILY FISH
“Oily fish is one of the best foods for your body,” McGrice says.
Anyone with dry or inflamed skin conditions such as acne, eczema or psoriasis might benefit from increasing their omega-3 intake.
“Oily fish is found to be a good source of selenium, iodine and protein, which can help your skin repair itself, revealing healthy, glowing skin,” Francois says.
6. NATURAL YOGHURT
From clearer skin to shinier hair, natural yoghurt provides delicious benefits for
your body, both inside and out.
“In addition to protein, calcium and vitamin D, natural yogurt is a rich source of probiotics – the beneficial bacteria which maintain a healthy gut,” Francois
Not just great to eat, natural yoghurt can be used as a conditioning hair mask and
Lactic acid – an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) found in natural yoghurt – acts as a
gentle exfoliant when applied to the skin.
7. PUMPKIN SEEDS
“They’re a source of zinc, which helps maintain collagen and promotes skin renewal,” Francois says.
Essential fatty acids control oil production and maintain moisture levels, while vitamins A and E help even out skin tone and aid scar healing.
8. BRAZIL NUTS
While all nuts are known to be a source of heart-healthy fats, Brazil nuts have the
highest amount of selenium, an important trace mineral with beautifying properties,
especially when combined with vitamin E.
“This powerful antioxidant protects your skin against free-radical damage and keeps it looking healthy and radiant,” Francois says.
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