What to eat and drink if you want glowing skin
Published 15/03/2016 | 10:39
Each year we spend millions on creams and serums and everything in between in an attempt to harness the radiant looking skin of our youth.
But, if you want glowing skin, there's an easier (and cheaper) solution.
Diet can play a huge role in your skincare regime, and can even help to manage conditions such as acne or perpetually dry skin, so here are several foods to get you on your way.
If you suffer from acne, you might want to try a handful of almonds every now and then. Almonds are rich in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to maintain healthy skin, eyes and also strengthens the immune system.
As well as their aesthetic benefits, almonds have also been known to help control cholesterol levels, protect against diabetes, and also boost cognitive function.
Sulphur is often called the 'face lift nutrient' thanks to its skin strengthening properties such as helping skin cells hold their shape and reducing wrinkles and sagging.
Onions have a very high sulphur content and, for reasons that are still unclear, studies have shown the sulphur-rich foods have the ability to improve acne.
They are also packed with Vitamins A, C and E, all the antioxidants you need to help fight against the damage caused by the sun's rays.
The beta-carotene and Vitamin A found in mangoes help to rejuvenate your skin and even add a little extra shine. Eating a mango a day will help to reduce dark spots, blemishes and acne.
They can also help to remove blackheads as well. Mixing a teaspoon of mango pulp and half a teaspoon of milk or honey together to rub over your face will help to remove dead skin and blackheads, giving your skin that extra glow.
Nutritionist Dale Pinnock swears by oily fish as his favourite ingredient when it comes to overall skin improvement: "With skin issues like acne, eczema, and psoriasis, the redness and irritation you see is caused by inflammation. You may have taken Ibuprofen in the past to fight against inflamation, but the body has its own natural anti-inflammatory compounds.
"Oily fish help the body make these compounds, so increasing your fish intake will reduce the soreness and rawness of bad skin." Pinnock says fish such as mackerel, herring, trout and salmon are great sources of Omega 3 oil, and that they'll noticeably improve the quality of your skin quite quickly.
It sounds obvious, but if you suffer from dry skin it's imperative you make sure you're getting enough water.
Health expert Sara Stanner says that while "genetic factors and hormonal status" do play a significant part in determining your skin type, dry skin can be caused by a poor diet that lacks the necessary amount of fluids.
As well as drinking as much as possible, make sure to eat plenty of foods with high water content such as cucumbers, melons, oranges, lettuce and peppers. Most people get around 40 per cent of our fluid from food rather than water.