Eat your way to fabulous skin

Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. 

1. Eat a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables every day

Vitamin C is also a super antioxidant. It is needed to support the immune system, promote radiant skin and help blemishes heal properly. 

2. Eat enough vitamin C

Repeatedly losing and regaining weight can take its toll on your skin, causing sagging, wrinkles and stretch marks.

3. Don't crash diet

It works alongside other antioxidants such as vitamins E and C and is essential to support the immune system. Studies suggest that a selenium-rich diet can help to protect

4. Stock up on selenium

Vitamin E protects skin from oxidative (cell) damage and supports healthy skin growth.

5. Eat enough vitamin E

Skin needs moisture to stay flexible. Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry, tired and slightly grey.

6. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats –the types found in avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds – provide essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin

7. Eat some healthy fat

Make sure you get enough omega-3 and omega-6 fats. These are essential fatty acids which mean they cannot be made in the body and must be obtained through the diet.

8. Opt for omega-3

They have a similar structure to the female sex hormone oestrogen and have been found to help keep our natural hormones in balance.

9. Eat more phyto-estrogens

The glycaemic index (GI) is a system that ranks carbohydrate-based foods on how slowly or quickly they are broken down in the body into glucose.

10. Go for low-GI carbs

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