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11 BEST foods for skin: How to eat and drink your way to perfect skin!

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Eating and drinking might be two of our most favourite hobbies. So imagine our delight when we realised we could be doing this while looking after our skin too!

Whether it's protecting from cancer, helping to maintain a youthful glow or acting as an anti-inflammatory, when you put good foods and drinks into your body such as avocados, beetroot and even dark chocolate, the properties and vitamins are constantly looking after your skin too.

So start planning your diet by finding out the best foods for skin, and you'll be looking younger and feeling better than ever!

Pomegranates


New research shows that pomegranates are great for anti-ageing. The fruit is said to contain a 'miracle' ingredient that strengthens ageing muscles and extends life. The Swiss scientists, who have been conducting the research, said: 'We believe this research is a milestone in anti-ageing efforts.'

Their research is based around the pomegranate's ability to keep mitochondria, the tiny 'battery packs' that power our cells, charged up. The scientists are now looking into making a supplement which is based around the pomegranate. Human trials are currently underway and if successful capsules could be marketed as a supplement to keep muscles strong in those aged 50-plus. In the meantime, it certainly couldn't hurt to try out a few pomegranate recipes!

Nuts and seeds


Pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts are a great food for the skin. As well as being a healthy snack they contain selenium, which helps to increase the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in the body. Also the other vitamins found in them - vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron - are great for all round skin health.

Nettle


If you suffer from eczema or acne then nettle tea or soup can really help to improve the symptoms you experience. Its anti-inflammatory effect helps to calm the skin considerably, so give some a try today!

Tomatoes


Tomatoes are great for aiding collagen production. The little round fruits (yes, tomatoes are a fruit!) are rich in vitamin c, which helps to keep the skin firm. Lycopene, the red pigment that gives them their colour, also stimulates skin circulation. Don't worry, you don't need to start rubbing them on your face - simply try a few tomato recipes to start noticing a difference!

Water


Ok so you already know that water is good for you, but do you know how? Not only does upping your water levels keep your brain fully functional - helping you cope with stress - but water also helps to keep the skin clearer, helps you lose weight and keeps you hydrated. Don't forget to make sure you know how much water to drink every day!

Avocados


Spread on toast, in a salad or just on their own as a snack, avocado recipes are delicious and our new green friends are easy to work into your daily diet. And if they're not already part of it they're worth introducing, as they're a great source of antioxidant carotenoids. The free radical compounds provide significant protection for your skin, preventing fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of ageing.

Oat milk


This milk substitute may not be high on your list of daily foods and drinks, but it's a great alternative to dairy. The milk is high in fibre, vitamin E and folic acid, which supports healthy skin. Try it on your cereal or in your tea and start to see the differences.

Beetroot


Great in a salad, this vibrant vegetable is packed high with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, as well as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E - all essential for epidermal health and healing. They also help to cleanse the body, eliminating toxins from the body and lowering cholesterol. Try some beetroot recipes today!

Dark chocolate


We never have to be told to eat chocolate but now we have an excuse. According to research, the cocoa in dark chocolate helps to reduce stress hormones, therefore meaning less collagen breakdown in the skin and fewer wrinkles. The antioxidants - flavonols - also help to reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage.

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Green tea

Green tea is a great alternative to normal tea and much healthier. When hot, it releases a type of antioxidant that has proven anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. A study showed that drinking two to six cups a day helps to prevent skin cancer and may also reverse the effects of sun damage by neutralising the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin. If you're not sure about the taste, squeeze in a little lemon.

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