It’s true - you are what you eat. We know our diet affects our health, but did you know it also directly impacts our complexion and skin cell turnover? Fatty food leads to inflammation and acne, too much sugar leaves skin dull and coffee causes dehydration. The good news is there’s a flipside - there are lots of tasty food options out there that give our skin the nutrients and hydration it needs to look its best.
We want to empower you to understand why some foods are better than others and how to make them work for you, which is why we’ve included a few delicious recipes below, each packed with powerful ingredients for skin health.
To kick things off, let’s get you acquainted with a few of our favourite raw ingredients.
There’s a reason people say ‘trust your gut’ - it has a lot to say. If your gut is out of order, your skin will soon follow suit. It’s all about bacteria (the good kind). Highly processed foods can kill good bacteria, resulting in breakouts and irritable skin. Fortunately, there are other foods that give your skin a boost - here are our top picks:
- Leafy greens are rich in nutrients (including iron, folate and multiple vitamins) that, when working in harmony to heal your immune system, encourage a radiant, healthy complexion.
- Apple cider vinegar balances the acidic levels in your stomach and clears away extra cholesterol, resulting in clearer skin. Do your gut a favour by putting a tablespoon in your morning smoothie or herbal tea.
- Kombucha is a trendy drink that’s been around for centuries because of its renowned benefits for gut health. It aids digestion, restores healthy bacteria and quenches your thirst all in one.
- Feeling peckish, but don’t want a breakout? Skip those highly-processed crackers for some almonds. You’ll be filling your system with antioxidants, minerals and vitamin E, resulting in clearer, brighter and smoother skin.
- Achieving a glowy look can be as simple as nibbling on a few squares of dark chocolate. No one said healthy skin meant giving up food that tastes good, so you’ll be pleased to know the antioxidants in dark chocolate protect skin cells from harmful free radicals (say hello to smoother skin!).
- Cooler autumn weather calls for a hot drink to curl up with in the evenings. Green tea keeps you cosy and detoxifies your system while helping to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
When it comes to beautiful skin, you only get out what you put in. Start taking notice of what you’re eating and how it affects your complexion, then implement positive steps such as drinking lots of water, boosting antioxidants through nutritious food and taking care of your gut health. Check out the recipes below for some inspiration to get you started.
Pumpkin Coconut Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes, serves 1
1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup pumpkin puree (cooked)
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 raw eggs
2 tbsp Greek yoghurt (coconut yoghurt for dairy alternative)
Blend all ingredients together and serve chilled with cinnamon and pumpkin seeds to garnish.
Avocado Greek Salad
Prep time: 20 minutes, serves 4
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup olive oil
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground pepper
1 large cucumber
Handful of spinach
1 green or red capsicum
½ red onion
1 large avocado
200g feta cheese
½ cup pitted olives
1 cup roast kumara
- Shake together dressing ingredients in a bottle and chill
- Cut up cucumber, capsicum, tomatoes, red onion and avocado into medium slices or cubes
Toss together vegetables and dressing and your choice of olives, feta cheese or roast kumara. Season with salt if necessary.