Well & Good
The warmer months are all about baring your healthy-looking skin and natural glow, and healthy skin means bright skin.
While expensive creams and serums have the ability to even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of spots and brighten up a dull complexion, there are many edibles that are just as good.
We're talking about particular fruits, veggies and nuts. Because just like the rest of your body, your skin needs nutrition too.
Chow down on these 10 diet staples to get that Summer glow.
Strawberries are the ultimate nutrient-rich superfood. A punnet contains more vitamin C than an orange and it's this reason they're like liquid gold for your skin. Vitamin C is crucial for collagen production which improves skin's elasticity and suppleness, keeping you looking young and fresh.
Eating an egg a day is definitely a good thing. They contain amino acids and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which not only protect skin from harmful UV rays but also have the ability to produce new skin cells.
This tropical delight is one of our favourite fruits around. Aside from being high in vitamin C, pineapples also contain enzymes that help to reduce age spots, fine lines and leave your skin feeling supple. You can even rub it directly onto your skin for the same effect.
When life gives you lemons, take them! They're rich in ascorbic acid - a natural antioxidant. And by eating them they can stop free radicals from developing. Nasty things that are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Just squeeze a lemon into some water and away you go.
Keep your skin feeling tight and bright just by eating this red fruit. It produces collagen in the skin which will help to give you a natural-looking glow.
The good fats found in avocados can reduce redness in skin, and are crucial for maintaining good moisture levels. They're are also rich in antioxidants, so you know what that means? Say goodbye to ageing, wrinkly skin.
Garlic is a natural occurring antibiotic that has some seriously amazing super powers. It cleans your blood, ridding it of any impurities that can get clogged in your skin, which makes it a must for anyone with acne issues. And its antioxidants help to slow down the ageing process.
Walnuts contain essential fatty acids that make up a huge part of our cell membranes. These membranes are what keep our skin feeling supple, moist and plump.
This green leaf is jam-packed with beta-carotene which converts into skin-boosting vitamin A. This means having spinach as a staple in your diet can relieve dry, itchy skin, as well as giving you a smoother and more radiant looking complexion.
10. Noni Fruit
Miranda Kerr swears by this fruit for her skin, and if it's good enough for her it's good enough for you. It might be a weird looking fruit, but its white and yellow flesh contains compounds that are known to have amazing medicinal properties for skin. You can by this as a juice or as a powder in capsules at health food stores.
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