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SKINCARE: Five Magic Foods For Your Skin

So we all know how important it is to use the correct skin care, have regular facials and take skin care supplements to help with getting great results from our skin.

What we don't always realise is that we need to get some key foods into our regime too. Here are my top five favourite foods to help with getting great skin (plus they taste pretty good too!)...

1. Avocado

Avo toast is my thing! I eat it at least twice a week. If I'm not eating it on toast though, I will add some kind of mashed avocado to a salad or dinner at night. It's so amazing for your skin. They are full of skin nourishing benefits and rich in vitamins A, C, E and K. They contain minerals too such as potassium, copper and iron. Their oil is fabulous to add to salads too (albeit quite calorific). They also contain high amounts of amino acids to help build protein in the body and are also very high in fibre.

All you need to know about them is they are quite high in calories so half and avocado is usually enough in a day for most.

2. Sweet Potato

These I love to roast, not just big chunks though but small little croutons. They are so tasty on top of salads, grated in my sweet potato pancake, juiced or mashed, but what are they good for? Well, vitamin A mainly! Vitamin A is fantastic for maintaining skin health and balancing oil production. Sweet potatoes also contain B vitamins including Biotin which is great for skin, hair and nails. Try and build some into your diet when you can to keep your skin glowing.

3. Cucumber

Cucumbers are high in enzyme charged water, B vitamins, nutrients and electrolytes. One of the most important ingredients in skin health is water and cucumber is a very water dense food. It's amazing to hydrate the body and therefore the skin. It can help with detoxification and so help to reduce bloating and flush out the kidneys. Use them raw in salads or in a juice to get the most benefit. Make sure you get the skin in too, so you want an organic cucumber to avoid eating all the nasties!

4. Almonds

Almonds are great for drier skins and can be great for psoriasis too. They have a high Vitamin E content so are great antioxidant foods. They also have a high mineral content and are full of amino acids. Have almonds in your diet via almond milk or maybe even make your own almond butter. Put them in smoothies or just have a small handful each day raw. Add them to salads too or maybe on your granola in the morning. I'm sure you can find some way to have these each day.

5. Lemons

Struggling with problematic skin? Lemons are your answer! They must be part of our daily diets to help flush out unwanted toxins from the liver. They are high in vitamin C and with this, they can help protect our collagen in the skin. Think lemons as a detoxifying/cleansing food. Anything that can help our digestion can help our skin clear too. Build them into your daily regime with hot water and lemon upon waking, juicing them or adding them to dressings. I swear I can't get enough of these little yellow beauties. Try and get them in each day and see if you notice the difference!

I hope you have learnt something new today. Maybe try and introduce some of these foods in your diet. Add them to your shopping list and get them in your life!

Thanks so much for reading!

Emmaline x

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