‘You are what you eat’ constantly gets thrown around, but it’s definitely something you should take onboard if you’re after beautiful, soft and glowing skin. Add some of the following nutritious super foods into your diet straight away – but, you may be surprised to find not all of them are fruits and vegetables!
Before you grab that block of Dairy Milk, its best to choose chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa if you want super skin. Cocoa is rich in flavanols, a type of antioxidant, which hydrate for firm, supple skin, and can improve circulation.
Swap your regular yoghurt, which is generally full of sugar, for Greek Yoghurt. It’s packed with protein, which is known to help skin become firmer and more resistant to fine lines and wrinkles.
Many skin issues are caused by spikes in blood sugar and hormone imbalances. Opt for steel-cut oatmeal, which is less processed and takes longer for the body to digest, stabilising blood sugar. Spikes in blood sugar can mess with your hormone levels, contributing to wrinkles and causing the glands in your skin to secrete excess oil, which only leads to one thing… pimples.
Adding a cup of green tea into your daily routine will help to increase elasticity and smoothness of the skin, and prevent sun-damage (a huge bonus heading in to the summer months!). Green tea is bursting with antioxidants, boosting blood flow and oxygen to the skin. This in turn will help deliver key nutrients, also reducing redness and inflammation, for a healthy and glowing complexion.
Grass-fed beef has higher amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation. Beef is also a super source of protein, the building block of collagen and elastin tissue, which are responsible for keep your skin smooth and less wrinkled.
Hydration is crucial to keep skin looking plump and free from lines and signs of dryness. Banish sugary drinks from your diet, as they often dehydrate you and spike blood sugar, associated with sagging and wrinkly skin.
Chickpeas are a low-glycemic food, rich in protein and fibre to slowly release energy. Low GI foods stabilize insulin levels, preventing irregular hormonal changes that can contribute to pimples and acne.
Current research suggests half a glass of red wine per day has been linked with reducing the effects of long-term sun damage. The antioxidants in red wine protect skin and prevent ageing, and also kill the bacteria that causes acne and other painful skin conditions.
No wonder the Greek population is so youthful and beautiful – Olive Oil is known to lessen the signs of ageing! It’s high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which are responsible for the hydrating youth boost. Olive oil is also full of antioxidants to quench damaging free radicals.
Studies have found a lowered rate of skin cancer in coffee drinkers compared to those who steer clear. Coffee has anti-inflammatory properties, reducing inflammation and redness in your skin – say goodbye to puffiness and redness!
Drinking coffee is only one piece of the puzzle. It can be just as effective when applying to the skin. If you’re not a fan of the taste of coffee, you can still get all of the wonder bean’s benefits by using Revive’s Coffee Body Scrub. Our scrub exfoliates, moisturises and energises your skin, without those post-espresso jitters.