3 Foods That Help Promote Healthy Skin

Now that the winter chills are fading and summers heat hasn't fully kicked in, it's the perfect time to get your skin into shape.

If you want healthy glowing skin, you won’t get around looking at your dietary choices. We all remember the age-old saying “you are what you eat”. Not only does it apply to our entire wellbeing, but also to our skin health. As your body’s largest organ, the skin can benefit from the same nutrition that benefits all other major organs. Eating foods rich in protein, vitamins and minerals can provide invaluable anti-ageing effects. By making the right food choices you can help your skin glow from within. Here are three delicious foods that help you help your skin...

Salmon (and the skin)

Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for healthy skin. Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary to maintain skin elasticity and keeping skin supple and moisturised.

Better yet, salmon skin has, even more, to offer: collagen.

Collagen is a natural protein and a major structural component of the body, making up not only our skin but also our bones, muscles and joints.

We depend on collagen to keep our skin looking supple and moisturised, our hair thick and glowing, bones strong and healthy, and our joints agile and bendy.

As we age, our body begins to produce less collagen, and by the time we reach our mid-40s, collagen levels may fall as much as 30%.

Especially rich in collagen, salmon skin is wonderful for our skin health and truly an anti-ageing food.

If you’re not a big fish fan - there are also a number of great marine collagen powders on the market which you can easily add into water or smoothies. They generally have zero taste, but make sure you do your research and get a good quality one.

Did Someone Say Chocolate?

Our personal favourite here at Selfie Skin - In case you need another reason to treat yourself to that square (or 10) of chocolate, a study found those who consumed a high dose of antioxidant-rich cocoa powder every day for 6-12 weeks had thicker and more supple skin.

Their skin was also smoother and less prone to sunburn. The blood flow increased as well, which means more nutrients find their way to the skin. We’re SOLD! It is however best to stick to chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa and no added sugar. 

Winner winner - broccoli for dinner!

As little nippers, we were always told to eat our greens, turns out not much changes as we age. Broccoli is full of vitamins and minerals important for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C. Additionally, it contains lutein which helps protect the skin from oxidative damage, which causes the skin to become dry and wrinkled.

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