6 Foods for Healthy Skin

1. Tomatoes

Why: The antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes helps build our skin’s natural protection against radiation and sun damage.

How: Fresh tomato soups are a great way to top up our lycopene storage or mix lashings of tomato puree with any of the family’s favourite dips, dressings and sauces for that extra hit of lycopene for a healthy skin!

In the heat of the summer having fresh tomato juice with mint can be a cooling and healthy refreshment for the entire family!

2. Carrots

Why: The beta-carotene in carrots protects the skin in a similar way to tomatoes, it plays an essential role in eye health and immune system functions.

How: Steamed, roasted, raw or juiced! Great for the whole family!

3. Kale

Why: Best source of nutrients for lutein and zeaxanthin as well as vitamins A and C (vital for skin health). These compounds absorb and neutralize free radicals from our environment such as UV light (even the ones that get through sunscreens!)

How: Raw in salads, chopped in dips and sauces, lightly stir fried or juiced with a banana makes a perfect smoothie!

4. Walnuts

Why: Contains the most amount of omega-3 fatty acids called alpha-linoleic acid. Deficiency in this compound can result in dry skin, scaling and may exacerbate eczema.

How: Raw by itself, crushed or ground in natural yoghurt or in bliss balls. Can mix ground nuts into soups at the time of serving.

5. Citrus peel (organic zest)

Why: It contains the substance limonene which is found only in the oil in the zest and provides nutrients for the skin that aids UV protection of the skin.

How: Grate and mix with coconut oil, season and marinate meats and veggies or add to stir fries.

6. Cocoa

Why: Cocoa will help rehydrate the skin due to their antioxidant properties (cocoa flavanols compounds). Without sufficiently hydrated skin, the skins protective function is diminished.

How: hot cocoa drinks, cakes

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