Pack your diet with skin-friendly greens. Kale, spinach and broccoli are full of antioxidant and phytonutrients which help to support the detoxification process and promote a clearer complexion. They are also a wonderful source of vitamin A, folate, and vitamin C – essential for cell regeneration, repair and replication.
Clean water is a vital part of keeping all our cells well hydrated and supple. Make sure you take in around two litres per day. Try to get your water from a clean source, filtered and in glass rather than plastic bottles. Make it more interesting by adding lemon or fresh mint. And take it easy on the caffeine and alcohol if you want a youthful glow, as these have the reverse effect.
Kale, spinach and broccoli help support the detoxification process and promote a clearer complexion.
Take a spirulina supplement. This highly nutritious powder can be very beneficial for skin health as it helps eliminate toxins, as well as facilitating cell turnover, which means faster healing.
It’s also a rich source of plant-based protein (important for growth and regeneration) and contains many of the B vitamins that are easily depleted during stress – which can make skin look tired. You can even mix it with water and use it as a face mask. Ensure the source of spirulina is clean: I like Organic Burst (£10.99; organic burst.com)
Increase omega-3-rich foods in the diet, such as wild salmon, mackerel, flaxseed, chia seed and walnut, since all of these help to support healthy cell membranes. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce oxidative damage to the cells themselves.
Coconut oil helps to support a healthy gut microflora and is an intrinsic part of good skin health. When we have imbalances in the digestive system this can often present itself via the skin, so using coconut oil – which acts as a broad antimicrobial and tastes great – helps to keep the bad bacteria in check whilst letting the good bacteria flourish.