Your skin is your body’s largest and fastest growing organ...amazing, right? Yet most of us neglect it and think that because we put a number of expensive products onto our skin that the food we eat and our lifestyle won’t affect it. This is not exactly true!
Our lifestyle and diet has a huge impact on the way our skin looks, feels and ages!
Here’s a guide to give you a breakdown of my top skin foods, my favourite natural skincare products and top skin care tips that I have learnt over the years to give your skin a youthful glow!
Drink at least 2 litres of water per day.
Aim for 8 hours of sleep per night.
Sleep with a silk eye mask- it’s amazing for preventing wrinkles and
boosts your sleep duration!
Dry brushing every morning and night to boost circulation and kick
start the lymphatic system.
Gua Sha full body massage with Coconut Oil 3 x a week
The food you eat has a huge impact on your skin. You are literally feeding your skin from the inside out so be sure to nourish it if you want to retain your youthful glow!
These are some of the best foods to incorporate into your diet to hydrate and boost your skins texture and appearance.
1. Avocados Avocados are high in healthy fats which are essential to keep your skin looking plump and hydrated whilst also preventing your skin from ageing. Avocados are also high in Vitamin E; a highly important antioxidant that prevents the skin from oxidative damage which occurs in our daily life.
2. Fatty Fish Fatty fish such as sardines, salmon and anchovies are great for hydrating your skin. They contain high amounts of Omega-3 Fatty Acids which is important to retain your skins health and moisture. They also contain high amounts of DMAE which prevents the skins ageing process and leaves it looking plump and youthful! Fatty fish are also an excellent source of Vitamin E which reduces skin inflammation and protects your skin against damage from free radicals.
3. Green Leafy Vegetables Green Leafy Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and brussels sprouts are rich in ALA (alpha lipoic acid) which fight free radicals and is incredibly anti-ageing. ALA has also been shown to reduce under eye puffiness and have an anti-inflammatory effect on your skin. Green leafy vegetables are also high in Vitamin A, C, E and chlorophyll which are enables the skin to retain it's moisture and also protects the skin from damaging free radicals which cause ageing, dehydrated and tired looking skin.
4. Walnuts Walnuts are incredibly high in Vitamin E, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and are a great addition to your diet in order to boost your skins hydrating! Omega-3 Fatty Acids help to protect cell membranes thus leading to the skin retaining it's moisture and keeping it hydrated. Walnuts also contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Selenuim ; all of which provide antioxidants and are important to keep your skin looking youthful and hydrated.
5. Blueberries Blueberries contain the highest concentration of antioxidants per serving than any other fruit. They have high levels of Vitamins A, C and E and assist with neutralising free radicals in your skin and your body. Incorporating blueberries into your diet will give your skin a boost enabling it to retain it's moisture and bring out it's youthful appearance.
6. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains high levels of Vitamin E which is essential for hydrated, glowy skin and also improves your skin's elasticity. The antioxidants and good fats contained in EVOO also fight damaging free radicals and therefore facilitate healthy and hydrated skin. You can also apply EVOO directly to your skin and it prevents sun damage and skin ageing.
I use EVOO as my body moisturiser and not only does it leave your skin hydrated and healthy, it also makes it feel amazing. I would definitely recommend trying it on your body and feel the difference!
1. Jojoba Oil – I recently started using Jojoba Oil on my face every other night before bed and I can't express how much I love it! Jojoba has anti-inflammatory properties which calms the skin, assists with skin repair and rejuvenation and is very hydrating. I wake up and my skin is baby soft and plump - I would definitely recommend giving it a try!
2. Vitamin E Oil - I use pure Vitamin E oil once or twice a week depending on how dry my skin is which is particularly common during the winter months. Vitamin E has been proven to hydrate, reduce signs of ageing and diminish the appearance of scaring. It's also full of antioxidants and leaves your skin feeling soft, plump and hydrated.
3. Castor Oil- I use pure Castor Oil as a face mask once a week and it leaves my skin feeling so fresh and hydrated. Castor oil contains essential fatty acids which assist in restoring the skin's natural moisture balance. I particularly love using Castor Oil during winter when my skin is much drier and I don't tend to use it so much during warmer weather as it is quite thick and intense.
5. Coconut Oil – Coconut Oil is the best makeup remover substitute. If you use it with a warm cloth, it gets all your makeup off and leaves your skin so soft and clean. I wouldn't recommend using it everyday but as a face mask a few times per month it's great at hydrating and cleansing your skin. I use Pure Coconut Oil as a body moisturiser a few times per week and it leaves your whole body hydrated, ultra soft and silky.