The food you eat has a huge impact on your largest organ- your skin. Ensuring you are nourishing your skin from the inside out is vital, especially in the current winter climate when our skin gets dry and tired looking.
These are some of the best foods to incorporate into your diet to hydrate and boost your skins texture to give you a winter glow.
Avocados are high in healthy fats which are essential to keep your skin hydrated and which also prevents skin from ageing. Avocados are also high in Vitamin E which is 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.
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.
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 in summer 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!