Juice your way to a clear complexion
Many celebrities stick to juice in the run up to awards season to ensure a flawless appearance but you don’t have to have a Hollywood budget to achieve the same glowing look - try raiding your fridge and fruit basket instead. You don’t even have to juice them either – having them whole will have the same benefits.
You’ll have trouble finding a skincare regime that doesn’t include at least one vitamin C product. This is because vitamin C helps prompt growth and repair of tissues in the body – particularly the skin. Of course, it’s common knowledge that oranges contain a lot of vitamin C but where else can you get it from? Blueberries, blackcurrants, strawberries are all good sources, as well as the more exotic guava and papaya fruits. All these fruits also help to produce collagen – a vital ingredient to help battle wrinkles.
Tomatoes often fall between the fruit and vegetable categories but are actually classed as a fruit, and contain a healthy dose of vitamin C as well. “Tomatoes also work well as a natural sun protection as they have a high antioxidant content,” Janey Lee Grace, author of Look Great Naturally Without Ditching the Lipstick, told Cover Media. Try adding some tomato to a healthy fruit salad in the morning – it might sound unusual but trust us, it’s delicious!
Pineapple is another good one to try. “Not only is it high in vitamin C but it also contains bromelain, an enzyme which helps keep skin soft and supple,” Janey added.
You might be surprised to know that one of the best ingredients to help clear skin can be found at the bottom of the garden – nettles! You can have nettle tea or even take them in capsule form but whichever way you choose to add them to your diet, you can be sure you’ll notice a difference. They have an anti-inflammatory effect which is fantastic for acne or eczema sufferers, as well as containing antioxidants – fantastic for the skin and system.
Avocado is another good option as it contains a host of healthy fats and oils to help maintain skin radiance. It also contains that vital ingredient, vitamin E, to help support skin growth.
Leafy green vegetables are incredibly good for you, not only because they are low in calories but high in protein – making them perfect for weight loss - but are also high in beta carotene meaning they can help with reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Red and yellow peppers are another anti-ageing secret ingredient as they contain the antioxidants carotenoids. Studies in the past have shown that women who eat green and yellow vegetables on a regular basis have less wrinkles than those who don’t. So if you want to a line-free complexion, head to the veggie aisle and stock up on some peppers!