Of course it’s no secret that fruit and vegetables are an essential part of our daily diet. But did you know that eating spinach is great for under-eye bags? Or that munching a handful of nuts and seeds helps your body retain its natural moisture levels leaving skin soft and hydrated? Kick-start the New Year with a pledge to be beautiful from the inside out with these complexion-boosting, clean-living treats.
1: Fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel and herring, are rich sources of omega-3, which is essential to maintain healthy skin. Fish also contains zinc, which helps ease inflammation and boosts the production of new cells. As a vegan alternative, you can sprinkle of chia seeds on your breakfast or morning smoothie.
2: Anyone who has followed a low-fat diet tends to develop a fear of eating avocados, but don't let that put you off - they contain a high level of healthy fats to keep your skin flexible. They are a great source vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant to protect your complexion, and vitamin C. In fact research shows that eating half an avocado provides 14% of your daily vitamin E and 11% of your vitamin C. So get munching!
3: Ginger has been used in Eastern medicine for hundreds of years, and is believed to fight off infections as well as flushing toxins from your body. What’s more, studies reveal it can also have a soothing effect on skin.
4: For an easy veggie boost throw a big handful of spinach in your favourite curry. It’s rich in super-powered vitamin K and zinc to prevent breakouts and its naturally-occurring antioxidants protect your skin and even out tone.
5: If you’re tempted to snack, back away from the chocolate treats and instead opt for a selection of unsalted almonds, walnuts, cashews and pistachios. They are packed with vitamins A, C and E, as well as healthy minerals zinc and copper, for a radiant complexion.
6: Like many citrus fruits, oranges are packed with vitamin C for more youthful, brighter skin as well as even tone. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, it also helps our bodies fight free radicals and is proven to boost collagen production.