Keeping your skin looking great in the summer comes with its own challenges. The mixture of sweat, air con and sun cream can take its toll, so make sure you’re doing your best from the inside out. Here are some top tips for what to eat this summer to keep your skin looking it’s best:
GUACAMOLE: This Mexican dip is both delicious and nutritious. You can have it on wholemeal toast for a healthy option or with tortilla chips as a bit of a treat. Tomatoes are great for helping to protect your skin from the sun. They contain lycopene – a powerful antioxidant – and the carotenoid helps protect against sunburn and sun-induced ageing. Avocados are a superfood in so many ways. They’re full of monounsaturated fats that are used by your body to make strong skin cells – any excuse to head to Wahaca…
TUNA/SALMON SALAD: You know that oily fish and seafood are good for you, but do you know why? Tuna is full of a mineral called selenium which helps promote skin elastin thus leading to better skin elasticity which decreases the signs of ageing. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help build healthy skin cells. Enjoy with tomatoes (for the benefits mentioned above) and spinach, which is rich in folate and can help reduce the risk of skin cancer. Dress your salad with olive oil – a good source of omega-6 fatty acids that keep the skin supple.
YOGHURT AND BLUEBERRIES: This winning combo is perfect for breakfast or a snack – and is so appealing throughout the summer. Yoghurt contains lots of probiotics to help reduce skin inflammation and it’s also a good source of vitamin A, which helps prevent wrinkles. Blueberries, on the other hand, are a powerful antioxidant (like tomatoes) which are excellent for fighting free radicals, which generally improves the appearance of our skin and maintains collagen.
ALMONDS: If you get hungry between meals, then try snacking on almonds. They’re an excellent source of vitamin E, which defends against sun damage.
FINALLY… Stay safe in the sun by avoiding smoking, prolonged sun exposure, refined sugar and caffeine. The odd iced latte won’t hurt too much…