We spend millions on skin products every year in our attempts to preserve youthful looking skin and promote a natural glow but when it comes to healthy, glowing skin what you put in your body is more important than what you put on it.  If you are suffering from poor nutrition you are not going to get the best results from your skincare routine, no matter how expensive the products are.

Clear Skin FoodsA change in diet can significantly improve many skin conditions and help you achieve that elusive natural glow you are looking for. So what are the best foods for radiant skin?

Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids: Salmon, trout, mackerel and shellfish play a key role in making skin smooth.  Dry, rough skin is a good indicator that you are low in essential fats. Foods rich in vitamin C like kiwi, orange, grapefruit are fantastic for protecting against dryness and wrinkles.  Vitamin C stimulates the formation of collagen which gives skin its strength, elasticity and healthy plumped-up look. Foods rich in beta–carotene like dark leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, rocket) and yellow orange fruit and vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, mango, melon, pumpkin, squash).  The body converts beta- carotene into vitamin A essential in keeping the skin smooth and soft. Carotenoids also protect the skin from damage from free radicals, for example UV rays which raise the risk of skin cancer, unsightly age spots and wrinkles.  Don’t rely just on fruit for protection against sunburns though.

Good quality dark chocolate: A small amount of good quality dark chocolate and the clue here is in small, will provide high levels of flavonols that contribute to skin staying soft and hydrated.

Munch on nuts and seeds.  Their anti-inflammatory and immune boosting nutrients, including vitamin E will help reduce skin flare-ups.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water too.  Water together with vitamin C help the production of healthy collagen.