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- Dairy is an inflammatory and when you consume too much, it can aggravate redness and acne so next time you reach for the cows’ milk, remember that there are lots of alternatives. Try unsweetened almond milk which is packed with vitamin E so it’s not only great for your skin, it will also keep your hair and nails conditioned.
- Packed with antioxidants, good-quality dark chocolate contains far less sugar and fat than your average choccie bar. A 28g serving will provide you with that intense chocolate hit you’re craving and comes in at just 150 calories.
- You probably already know that Omega-3 fatty acids can do wonders for your skin but oily fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are among the top sources. They battle skin inflammation and also help preserve collagen in your skin to keep you wrinkle-free and baby soft.
- If you’re vegetarian and in search of high Omega-3 foods try Popeye’s old friend, spinach. It’s packed with memory-boosting, anti-inflammatory benefits and is a great alternative way of getting your daily dose of Omega-3 if you’re avoiding fish.
- Naturally antibacterial, full of antioxidants and extremely moisturising, this little wonder isn’t just good for slathering on toast. Mix two parts honey and one part baking soda and use as a face mask for a pore-unclogging treat that will leave your skin looking radiant.
- Brimming with lycopene, an antioxidant which protects skin from sun damage, tomatoes can do wonders for your skin. They’re also a great source of vitamins A and C. Technically, tomato ketchup counts but remember that it’s packed with sugar so you’re better off sticking to the fresh stuff.
- Not only are these little green fruits great for guacamole, they’re also perfect for mashing up and using as a mask for your skin and hair. The Omega-9 fats and vitamin E will make your skin glow like never before.
- With a high burning temperature and fats your body can metabolise fast, cooking with coconut oil is suited to cooking Asian foods like stir fries and curries. Not only can you cook with it, you can also rub it into your skin as a natural, hydrating moisturiser it will literally melt into your skin leaving you feeling soft and smelling gorgeous.
- Next time you think that curry is a bad dinnertime option, remember that turmeric (that’s the yellow stuff that looks like curry powder but is actually part of the ginger family) has brilliant antiseptic qualities. However, instead of reaching for the takeaway menu, make your own curry using coconut oil, ground turmeric and low-fat, natural yoghurt for a creamy finish.
- Yes, we know it’s the oldest trick in the book but what your nan’s advice was absolutely spot on. Keeping hydrated will stop you from overloading on sugary drinks and plump out your skin for a flawless glow.