Target your skin this winter with these 10 foods to help you glow from within – as recommended by Melbourne Dietitian Georgie Davenport.
Georgie completed her Master of Dietetics at Deakin University last year, and now works in the prevention and treatment of diet-related health problems. She says the key to a healthy skin is diet variety. “Get plenty of different colours in your diet. You want lots of wholesome natural foods in all the colours of the rainbow,” says Georgie. “I love this quote by Michael Pollen that goes ‘Eat foods, mostly plants, not too much.’ It’s just a really simple and effective way to think about a healthy diet.’
Here are Georgie’s top 10 things to stock your fridge with to get healthy glowing skin.
“Delicious blueberries are crammed with antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C, which you need for skin and bone health, as well as skin healing,” says Georgie. After all, healthy skin is beautiful skin, and no makeup can match a luminous inner glow. (Well okay maybe some can come close!)
“Broccoli is a great source of Vitamin C, which is crucial for iron absorption,’ Georgie says. “Iron is really important for healthy skin and nails.” Why not make the most of both and serve your red meat with some broccoli for the ultimate skin refresh.
Fighting wrinkles with the help of yummy pumpkin sounds too good to be true, but we assure you it’s not. “Pumpkin has an abundance of Vitamin A, another antioxidant known for its protective powers against damaging free radicals,” says Georgie. “Free radicals are believed to contribute to the aging process.”
Who knew tomatoes were full of Vitamin C? “Vitamin C promotes healing, so they are fantastic for damaged skin,” says Georgie. FYI you can also get your fix from tomato juice, which is the perfect excuse for that cheeky bloody mary.
Vegemite contains yeast, which is a crucial ingredient for happy healthy skin. “Yeast is jam packed with zinc, which is needed for cell growth,” says Georgie. Follow your morning exfoliation with a slice of vegemite toast! Goodbye dull dead skin cells, hello to looking fresh and fabulous.
“Spinach is another brilliant source of that wonderful antioxidant Vitamin A, which in addition to helping your skin stay young, can assist in the prevention of chronic diseases,” says Georgie. Age gracefully inside and out with a diet that’s rich in Vitamin A.
Legumes contain zinc, which we all know is essential for beautiful skin. “Zinc is essential for wound healing, and should be your go-to for quick recovery after a breakout,” says Georgie. And don’t forget, peanuts are legumes! Thai tonight?
Another zinc rich food is the humble chicken, a fantastic lean meat. Georgie says, “Zinc is also really important for a healthy immune system, and we know winter colds and flu wreak havoc with our skin. Incorporating chicken into your diet will keep you glowing from the inside.”
Nothing says fresh-faced like gorgeous rosy cheeks. “Eating wholegrains like corn, oats or quinoa are a fantastic source of omega-3’s (the good oils) which is important for heart health – and of course circulation,” says Georgie. (What’s that saying… a bowl of porridge a day keeps the vampire tan at bay?)
“Nuts are packed full of omega -3 goodness too. Omega-3’s have been proven to help with depression and dementia, as well as fighting skin inflammation,” says Georgie. So grab a handful of almonds, and snack your way to a flawless complexion while keeping that all-important grey matter tip-top.
Until next time beauties –
Beauty EDU x
Written by Hannah Pownall, Beauty EDU Beauty Editor. If you’re considering a career in Beauty, talk to us at beautyedu.edu.au