Clear, healthy-looking skin never goes out of style, but it takes more than the latest, greatest and most expensive skincare to maintain it. What about the foods that make skin look its best: A diet rich in antioxidants, minerals and essential fatty acids will keep your complexion looking radiant and supple all year long. Here is Part 1 showning the first 5 Foods to eat for beautiful clear skin.

Turmeric

This vibrant orange root is part of the ginger family and is super high in antioxidants, which are needed for glowing, healthy skin. Turmeric also contains high levels of anti-inflammatory properties that help heal and soothe flare-ups and sensitive skin conditions. Next time you see a turmeric latte on the menu, try it out or simply cook with this pleasant tasting spice. It’s great on potatoes, meats and in stews.

Whole Grains

Unless you have celiac disease or a specific food sensitivity, eating whole grains is vital for overall health. Whole grains are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, selenium, magnesium and zinc – all of which play a big part in protecting skin from environmental damage, encouraging elasticity and preventing fine lines and wrinkles. For a clear, glowing complexion, regularly eat whole grains such as whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta and brown rice.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a compound that gives red fruit and vegetables their rich colour. As this nutrient breaks down free radicals and fights sun damage, it’s a particularly beneficial food for people with pigmentation issues or those who are very sun sensitive.

Fish

Fish is an extremely healthy (and yummy) way to get your essential fatty acids (EFAs), such as omega-3 and omega-6. EFAs help reduce inflammation which in turn prevent clogged pores that lead to breakouts. Salmon, mackerel and tuna contain the highest amounts of EFAs. Fish also contains skin cell repairing vitamins and minerals like vitamins E and B, as well as zinc.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts are chock-full of minerals, protein and essential fatty acids – all important nutrients for promoting healthy skin. These crunchy little morsels are known to reduce inflammation and swelling, which helps reduce the effects of skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. High levels of selenium and vitamin E repair skin and provide effective anti-bacterial qualities that keep breakouts at bay. So, next time you need a snack, grab a handful of Brazil nuts or pumpkin seeds.
Part 2 coming 30th August 2018. Any questions on this topic or any other Healthy alteratives please drop us a line.