We’ve rounded up 10 foods — most of which you probably include in your diet already — that have fab properties to help make you look just as beautiful on the outside as you feel on the inside.
1. Yoghurt: It can contain more calcium than milk (yes, really), making it super good for your bones — which will help with your posture — nails and teeth. It is also rich in protein and amino acids, which are great at helping with those dark circles under your eyes. For the best benefits, Greek yoghurt is the way to go.
2. Red peppers: These are a great superfood for your skin due to their incredibly high antioxidant levels. They also contain loads of vitamins A and C, which help with the formation of collagen, keeping your skin firm and elastic.
3. Carrots: Yes, there are stories of these babies being good for your vision, but what they really do help protect your skin from are those oh-so damaging UV rays. Carrots contain carotenoids, which help reduce your skin’s sensitivity to UV rays, and they also reduce redness.
4. Salmon: This little fish is filled with all kinds of goodness. The omega 3 helps keep your hair looking shiny and your skin supple — preventing those pesky wrinkles from creeping in! — as well as boosting your mood, while the vitamin D gives you healthy bones and teeth. It also contains selenium, which assists with protecting the skin against UV rays. (Walnuts are a good substitute for those who aren’t a fan of fish.)
5. Avo: When consumed, the biotin inside these versatile fruits helps prevent dry skin and weak hair and nails, and also assists with skin cell rejuvenation. You can also use avo to make a face mask (just mix with some egg yolk), which will hydrate the skin from the outside, thanks to the properties of vitamin E.
6. Red cabbage: This is a great anti-inflammatory food, and is extremely high in antioxidants and packed full of vitamins A, C and E, which all help reduce cortisol levels and give your skin a healthy glow. Add this to your salads to help keep those wrinkles at bay, and reap the benefits of its cancer-fighting properties at the same time.
7. Tomatoes: These contain loads of vitamin C, which is great for your immune system; not only in the sense that it will fight off potential illnesses, but also helps your body’s ability to fix any damaged or even irritated skin. They also contain lycopene (especially high in the tinned version, believe it or not!), an antioxidant powerful in fighting signs of aging.
8. Flaxseed: If you’re suffering from unusual breakouts, consider sprinkling some flaxseed on your cereal, yoghurt or even salads. They are high in omega fatty acids, which help balance oestrogen levels — an imbalance of which often results in breakouts.
9. Beans: These little legumes are extremely good for your heart and are rich in protein, zinc, iron and biotin — making them great for your hair, as they stimulate growth. So eat up if you’re looking for enviable luscious locks.
10. Water: We know that this is technically not a food, but no beauty list would be complete without water. When you’re dehydrated, it means that your skin is dehydrated, too, and not only will you suffer on the inside, but so will your skin, hair, nails and even your eyes. Staying hydrated also helps with your metabolism, so get drinking. (If you’re not the biggest fan of plain water, add some lemon, and even a few herbs, like mint, rosemary or basil.)
There are more beauty products out there than we could ever possibly count, each with their own ways to help us look and feel better about ourselves. But some of these come with quite a hefty price tag and, use them as much as you want, if you aren’t healthy on the inside, it will show on the outside. Happy healthy eating!