Edible skincare: you are what you eat!

30 October, 2020

How to eat your way to better skin

The old adage “you are what you eat” is never truer than when it comes to skincare. And while we can all have our favourite cleansers, moisturisers and serums, they will never completely improve our skin unless we also nourish from within. Yes, truly great skin starts in the kitchen!

With summer just around the corner, we look at how you can eat your way to glowing skin. Which is like having your cake and eating it. (Although cake, while tasty, doesn’t have any skincare benefits!).

Why nuts are good for the skin

Nuts are nutritional powerhouses for skin. Take Brazil nuts.It has been said that eating just four of them will provide the recommended daily amount (RDA) of selenium, a powerful antioxidant which can protect against skin cancer, sun damage and age spots. They are also rich sources of vitamin E which guards the skin against oxidative (cell) damage and zinc, which keeps the skin supple.

Other skin-friendly nuts include:

  • Walnuts: Good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.
  • Almonds: Also provide vitamin E and magnesium, among other nutrients.

How avocados are a skin saviour

We Aussies love our avos, smashed or otherwise, and these super fruits also boast many benefits for the skin. They are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fat, which can help increase skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Avos are also rich in vitamins E and C which help to protect your skin from cell damage caused by the sun and other environmental factors. As they also contain biotin, one of the B complex vitamins, smoothing them over your face can soothe dry skin. Whether you eat them or use your avocados to make a mask, they’re a super skin food!

How capsicums can benefit your skin

Colourful capsicums are packed with vitamin C, which is necessary for the production of wrinkle-busting collagen. They are also good sources of beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant which helps protect the skin against free radicals, the number one skin-ageing culprit. Other sources of beta-carotene include:

  • Orange veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkin
  • Leafy greens like spinach and kale
  • Orange fruits like oranges, rockmelon and apricots

Why fish is your skin’s best friend

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring, is another skin saviour, thanks to being a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. These are the bad boys necessary to keep skin supple and moisturised.

For a delicious, skin-boosting summer lunch, consider this salmon, walnut and avocado grain bowl (which also contains capsicum and kale for good measure!).

Can chocolate really help our skin?

It may be difficult to believe but eating dark chocolate – or antioxidant-rich cocoa, to be precise – can lead to thicker, more hydrated skin, as well as making it less susceptible to sunburn. Choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa for maximum benefits.

Where can I buy around Chatswood?

For more nuts than you shake a stick, sorry, tree at, head to Horn of Plenty. For everything else, there’s good old Woolies (there’s a Woolworths Metro at Chatswood Interchange).

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