7 Foods To Kick Start Your Summer Glow

Say goodbye to dry skin and winter moon tans and hello to your summer glow.

As summer approaches it’s tempting to park ourselves outside and soak up the rays, however there is a much healthier way to achieving a radiant summer glow. 

Here are a list of nutrient rich foods to add to your shopping list:

Fish

Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, fish such as salmon and mackerel keep skin your skin thick, supple and moisturized. Packed full of Vitamin E, this antioxidant reduces inflammation which can cause redness and acne.

Sweet potatoes

This humble veggie contains high levels of antioxidant beta-carotene and magnesium which help promote, repair and maintain the skin. This potent antioxidant protects the skin from wrinkles and premature ageing. The skin of sweet potato is also full of fiber which aids gut health keeping you blemish free.

Green Tea

Not only is it a great cleanser for the gut, but green tea also contains powerful antioxidants called EGCG that fights DNA damage from UV rays.

Green tea contains catechins that reduce redness, irritation and swelling. Chock full of Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E, these nutrients play a vital role in maintaining collagen levels for youthful skin.

Eggs

This breakfast staple is full of skin-nourishing protein and vitamins.

Containing Vitamin B6 to help skin look healthy, two major antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin that are known to increase protection against UV damage and high protein levels to help repair skin tissue, eggs are a simple, yet powerful addition to your diet.

Carrots

Carrots help you glow from head to toe. They provide vital vitamins that make your hair stronger and shinier. They are also high in beta carotene which is converted to vitamin A. Beta carotene will brighten your skin and make it glow while Vitamin A plays a role in cellular collagen production and helps heal damaged skin. Just make sure you don’t over do it as they can cause your skin to turn temporarily yellow/orange when consumed in excess.

Sunflower Seeds

Nuts and seeds are a healthy snack alternative and contain important complex vitamins and essential fats. Packed with vitamin E, sunflower seeds help protect your skin and gives you a healthy glow. Vitamin E has also been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease so you are healthy inside and out.

Water

Although this may seem like a no brainer, as we head into the warmer months and party season, it’s important to be mindful of hydration.

Water is essential for delivering nutrients to the skin cells and helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing. Staying hydrated increases the metabolic rate and improves our digestive system to flush out toxins.

Alcohol and sugary drinks are particularly harmful to the skin, so it’s important to remember to alternate between these and water.

One of the most important ways to keep your skin healthy is to avoid long exposure to direct sunlight and remember to slip, slop, slap.

Who else remembers this classic?

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