There is a lot of truth to the saying ‘you are what you eat.’ The condition of your skin reflects your general health and like the rest of your body, your skin needs good nutrition to look and feel its best. It is important to have a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals, whole grains and lean proteins. Here are five foods to pack your meals full of in order to leave your skin glowing all summer long!

1. Dark leafy greens – An excellent source of vitamin A, which prevents your skin from becoming dry and flaky and also has anti-aging benefits.
2. Citrus fruits – Packed full with vitamin C, fruits like oranges and grapefruits will help you by protecting you from immune deficiencies and preventing wrinkles
3. Fish – High in Omega 3’s these healthy fats can help to lock in moisture to your skin, which helps to decrease the look of wrinkles and plumps the skin.
4. Berries – Full of antioxidants, by adding berries to your salad, cereal or yoghurt you will help protect your skin from free radicals which will keep you looking younger longer.
5. Tomatoes – There is scientific evidence to suggest that lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes can actually help block out the sun’s harmful UV rays to prevent premature ageing.

Written by Maureen Cole — Dip BTh, ITEC, CIDESCO IFA, AABth

Maureen Cole is a paramedical aesthetician with more than 20 years of experience in the skincare industry. She has completed diplomas with ITEC and CIDESCO, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Beauty Therapy, a Certificate in Advanced Skin Analysis and a Certificate in Paramedical Aesthetics.