The best skin-clearing foods
You know what they say: Real beauty comes from the inside. Well, that’s certainly true for what you eat! Add the right foods to your shopping trolley and get your fill of these skin-loving nutrients.
These help metabolise proteins and fats, and are essential for cell renewal and supple skin.
Eat it: To make sure you’re getting all of your vitamin Bs, chow down on green leafy veg, such as kale and spinach, as well as avocado, eggs, fish and dairy.
An antioxidant used by your body for tissue repair and skin-firming collagen formation.
Eat it: Kale boosts 41mg of vitamin C per 100g. To retain as much as possible, lightly sauté in hot oil, then add a cup of water and steam for 10 seconds.
Live bacteria that help keep your digestive system and skin in good nick.
Eat it: Sourdough bread and fermented foods such as kefir, miso, yoghurt and sauerkraut are packed with gut-friendly bacteria.
Proven to help reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds and keep skin flexible.
Eat it: Linseeds, beef and walnuts. Try for two servings a week of oily fish such as salmon, sardines or anchovies, too.
An essential antioxidant and fighter of harmful free radicals.
Eat it: Sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach. Soak nuts overnight to reduce the phytic acid (which can be a gut irritant) and activate the nutrient-packed enzymes.
This story originally appeared in our August issue.