As the temperatures rise, the humidity and heat make it essential for us to stay hydrated and healthy. Healthy skin is desirable as it impacts our confidence and self-esteem. The myriad of remedies available in the market promising blemish-free skin and anti-ageing properties are often expensive and can leave our pockets feeling pinched. The most effective agents for the skin are not only freely available around us, but are also readily obtainable from our own kitchens (hence the name skin foods)!
Face masks are not only easy to prepare, but require the combination of ingredients that are natural and inexpensive. A simple fuss-free preparation of turmeric powder, full-fat milk and natural yogurt is a blessing for the skin. This mask contains plenty of antioxidants and essential vitamins that are both glow-boosting and nutritious. Other easy to prepare natural face masks include: a blend of honey, milk and yogurt or turmeric powder, gram flour and milk.
Smoothies are a great way to include fruit and vegetables in your diet. Avocados, the honorary superfood, are a great source of healthy fats and vitamin E (the antioxidant vitamin which protects our skin from damaging free radical formation). Combining avocados with milk creates a creamy beverage that is both fulfilling and delicious. A cup of green vegetables (kale/spinach/celery) added to a cup of milk and one banana is the standard recipe for a green smoothie which will ensure you reach your 5 a day!
Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are full of vitamin C. Vitamin C is crucial for collagen synthesis (the predominant protein in skin). This vitamin aids the regeneration process of skin, promoting a healthy and youthful glow.
Walnuts, almonds and cashew nuts are replete with vitamins and healthy fatty acids. Nuts are great for snacking and can be bought in pre-packaged snack mixes. These mixes can include tasty accompaniments such as dark chocolate and raisins. In addition to boosting skin health, nuts have also been proven to improve mental function.
Supplements such as fish oil and collagen are a worthwhile investment. These supplements promote the natural elasticity of skin. In addition, they also provide essential nutrition to our hair and nails. Both collagen and fish oil supplements can be easily bought in local health food stores (such as Holland and Barrett’s).
A list of skin foods is incomplete without H2O – the nation’s beverage. Water has numerous health benefits including glowing beautiful skin, improved mental function, removal of toxins from our body, promoting satiety (aiding weight loss) and increased energy levels.