For the perfect complexion you should be giving your topical creams some backup after all beauty comes from within. Here is my list of the ultimate foods to eat for a glowing complexion.
This fruit is a vitamin C serum and exfoliant all in one. This tropical fruit contains 2 days worth of vitamin C and will help to brighten and tighten your skin. It's also packed full of vitamin A which regulates cell turnover much in the same way that a topical vitamin A cream would. And finally it contains papain, which is a digestive enzyme and helps to decrease redness in the skin and inflammation.
I presume you are familiar with coconut water by now! Now its time to become acquainted with its richer counterpart, coconut kefir - which is made by fermenting the coconut with beneficial bacteria. A serving of this will provide you with 15billion CFU of probiotics, which is 3 x more than regular yoghurt. These beneficial bacteria will help with acne and hormonal imbalances. An added benefit is that it is naturally sweet which helps reduce cravings for our skins biggest enemy .... sugar !
Beetroots brighten skin tone and reverse dull skin by stimulating the lymphatic system and removing waste from our cells. They can also increase the oxygen-carrying ability of the blood by 400%. An added bonus is that they may even approve the appearance of cellulite by strengthening the dermal skin layer.
Lemon juice helps to remove fat soluble toxins and old hormones which may trigger breakouts. Lemon juice also emulsifies fats which helps to keep our skin hydrated. The lemon rind contains a flavonoid, limonoid, which kills bacteria in the mouth and intestines which helps to prevent bacterial driven acne flareups.
Red cabbage contains anthocyanins, the same nutrient found in blueberries. These fabulous phytonutrients help to decrease wrinkle formation and hyper-pigmentation in the skin. Red cabbage has 6 times more vitamin C than its green counterpart. It also contains the detoxifying nutrient, sulforaphane, which helps clear toxins from the body that can cause fine lines and acne.
These little seeds are loaded with zinc, vitamin E, sulphur and Omega 3 fats, which help to heal, nourish, restore and hydrate the skin. They can also help to repair blemish marks when you've had a breakout
In the summer try and start your day with a tomato juice, because they are loaded with lycopene which helps to prevent UVA and UVB damage (don't skip on the sun cream though). Tomato juice also brings back life to dull tired looking skin.
Your guide to living whole and well. Emma Olliff is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, wellness expert, food lover, and advocate for healthy living!