If you’re anything like me you probably have a daily skin care routine in place, applying your favourite face creams or lotions. However, are you aware that there are some super foods out there that can help keep your skin looking great from the inside?

These super foods for your skin are readily available from most good supermarkets and the best part is that they aren’t even that expensive, so there’s no excuse not to start eating them and letting their natural goodness help keep the signs of ageing at bay.

Super foods For Skin Care

Avocado: I’ll admit it’s not the prettiest looking fruit in the world but this little beauty is packed full of nutrients to help keep those ghastly wrinkles at bay. You don’t just have to eat this super food on its own, added to a salad it tastes sensational. Whfoods.com has gone into some great detail about the benefits of Avocados and is a fantastic resource.

Shellfish: Shellfish such as oysters, crab, lobster and scallops are an amazing source of zinc.  Zinc plays an important role in your skins defences against the signs of ageing. Zinc helps the skin to repair itsself if damaged. If your body is low in zinc it will take longer to repair skin damage and scaring may be a lot worse. Eating a super food such as shellfish once a week will help fill your body with goodness and help your skin repair from the inside.

Salmon: Salmon (Wild or not) is one of the best super foods for skin care. Salmon is packed full of essential omega-3 fatty acids which are also available as a supplement if you would prefer taking a capsule everyday rather than actually eating salmon. Omega 3 help keep skin supple, moisturised and calm, salmon also contains something called selenium. Selenium occurs naturally in super foods such as fish and has been shown to help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, almost like a sun cream If you will. It isn’t just salmon that contains such high levels of omega 3 others include mackerel, trout and sardines so the choice is up to you.

Greens: Greens such as Spinach contain a large amount of vitamins and are an incredible cheap super food for skin care. Spinach contains vitamins such as vitamin B, C and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and many more! So you can see why PopEye loved spinach so much. :)  Another green super food is Watercress which contains a natural antibiotic that can help to heal blemishes thanks to the vitamins A and C, found within the watercress.

Tomatoes: This fruit, (yes fruit encase you were wondering), can be eaten within a salad, sandwich or like an apple. Personally I prefer the smaller cherry tomatoes which you can easily pop into your mouth which contain just as much goodness. Tomatoes contain something called lycopene which is an anti-ageing antioxidant. Any piece of food that can help reduce the signs of ageing is a super food in my eyes and deservedly earns its place in the top 10 super foods for skin care.

Sweet potato: One of my favourite “super vegetables” is the sweet potato. This delicious vegetable can be roasted, baked or fried and contains vitamin A.

Blueberries: In my opinion, these little beauties are my favourite on the list. Cheap, easy to eat and full of antioxidants. Not only are these super foods great for the skin but they have extra health benefits as well.

Kiwi fruit: Loaded with collagen-supporting vitamin C and other antioxidants to keep skin firm and help prevent wrinkles.

Walnuts: The final super food for skin care on our list is Walnuts. Grab yourself a bag of walnuts and put them in your drawer or near your desk at work to give your body a source of incredibly rich magnesium, vitamin B6, iron and calcium whilst at work.

Some may say that this list contains only ‘boring’ pieces of food but eaten just once or twice a week may help to give your skin that extra boost it needs to continue looking healthier from the inside.

There are so many fantastic resources online including WH FoodsSkinny MS just to name a few.  In fact, if you actually Google a phrase such as ‘Walnuts’ on a Mac or a laptop you will see all the nutritional facts about ‘walnuts’ on the right hand side of the screen.

 Do you have any other super foods you would add to this list? Add them in the comments below. 

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