If you want radiant skin, the old adage 'you are what you eat' has never been more true. Getting a gorgeous, glowing complexion doesn’t only mean slathering on sunblock or the latest antioxidant serum (though that helps, too). It also means paying attention to your diet. By tossing nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and other goodies into your diet, you can nab more beautifying foods that will nourish your skin from the inside, out. Skin food dietary requirements are not something I stick to on a daily basis, I like to opt in and opt out but lets imagine sweets didn’t exist and you had to eat solely foods that benefitted skin for an entire day. Here’s my menu… Breakfast: Prevent wrinkles with yogurt! The protein you get from eating dairy helps skin become firmer, so it’s more resistant to lines. Greek yogurt is especially beneficial as the protein content is often double that of regular yogurt! Simply top with blueberries for an extra punch! The usual goodness here – antioxidants, good source of vitamins, you know the drill. Snack: A smoothie -- no surprise here! This smoothie delivers a bonanza of vitamins and minerals, that's because it's chock-full of carotenoids thanks to an abundance of kale. Carotenoids, which include carotene and xanthophils, give red, orange and yellow fruits their color, and also occur in green vegetables. Studies have shown that eating foods with these deeply colored pigments can make your face actually look healthier than being tanned. For an extra punch: Top your smoothie off with some chia seeds! These wee seeds contain a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to erase spots and iron out fine lines. Drink: Hot water & Goji berries. I love mixing goji berries in with my water, not only does it add something interesting to water they almost melt and become really chewy and have much more flavour. Goji berry are rich in Vitamin E, which is very essential for a soft glowing skin! Lunch: Is usually leftovers, lets face it. Leftover massaged kale salad. In the mix: kale and lots of it, mixed veggies, avocado, pesto, sunflower seeds and sprouts. Snack: Bowl of nuts. Adventurous, I know. But these actually contain the ‘good fats’ the fats that your body needs as they act as a natural moisturizer for your skin. Nuts like almonds & pecans are also full of protein and have anti-inflammatory properties so help reduce swelling and redness in acne and breakouts. Dinner: Green salad topped with salmon. I am obsessed to the point that I sometimes have to keep myself from eating it too frequently. If I go a week without it I notice a difference on my skin, it’s a true skin food. I find the omegas in it help keep my skin clear plus it’s extremely filling! So here’s to eating our way to beautiful skin! xo Kimberley
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