We don’t want to jinx it – but it looks like summer is here! Which makes it the perfect time to take a look at your possibly lacklustre lifestyle habits and overhaul your winter routine. With the warmer weather brings renewed vigour, so it’s a great opportunity to look for easy ways to improve your skin’s health, along with your all around well-being, boosting your skin from within with some tasty seasonal diet additions. Yes, summer isn’t just about reviewing your wardrobe fillies – flawless skin is always in fashion all year round! The hair, skin and nail experts behind the Vitabiotics Perfectil range have thankfully put together their favourite foods for us, that will have you looking and feeling great in no time! So click this way for their round-up of the foods you need to pop in your basket that’ll boost your skin from within…
With their vibrant colour brightening up any meal or snack, strawberries are the ultimate summer fruit! They’re rich in vitamin C, which is a key building block of our skin. As you age, collagen production begins to slow, which can leave skin looking thinner and less plump. By popping strawberries into your morning smoothie, adding them to salads (yes, you read right, salads) or simply eating them on their own as a sweet snack, you can help to support collagen production in your skin, helping you to look your best, all summer and beyond!
You may or may not have heard of this one fillies – but it’s time to pop the kettle on and get to know! Kombucha is a type of fermented tea that is set to be hugely popular this summer. It is slightly fizzy and not too sweet, making it a great thirst-quencher in hot weather. Fermented food and drink contains millions of healthy bacteria, which promotes good gut health. And a healthy gut means healthier looking skin, as well as a flatter, less bloated stomach!
The bacteria in your gut is closely linked to your skin health and skin conditions such as acne can be related to your gut flora. So by including more fermented food and drinks into your diet, you can help to promote good gut, and in turn, skin health…and they are delicious too! Easy peasy.
It’s time to get your Popeye on, as leafy greens such as spinach and rocket are where it’s at and are a great base for light summer salads. Greens contain vitamin A, which can help to sooth oily and acne prone skin by slowing sebum production, as well folate and beta-carotene which can help to repair cells and promote new cell growth. So eating lots of leafy greens to your plate, or your smoothie if you are feeling brave, will help you to look and feel tip top this summer too!
Olive oil has been used in skin care for many years, heck – it’s in a load of the beauty products we use regularly, but it is super beneficial for your skin when eaten too. Drizzling a good-quality olive oil onto your salad as a dressing, or as a finishing touch to pasta dishes has a whole host of skin-boosting benefits. The vitamin E, polyphenols and phytosterols in olive oil help to protect the skin from free radicals, premature ageing and UV damage. So get down the supermarket STAT and gets investing in a good-quality olive oil asap!
The distinctive red colour of tomatoes is due to a compound called lycopene. Lycopene is a wonder compound when it comes to skin as it helps to reduce signs of sun damage and pigmentation, whilst being gentle and generally non-irritating to skin. So fill your boots indulging in summer classics such as bruschetta and gazpacho to get plenty of the red round wonders in your diet. Your skin will thank you!
By simply adding these summer skin swaps into your diet you’ll be boosting your skin’s health ten fold and have you glowing and feeling great for all summer in no time at all. Quick – pass the salad and don’t scrimp on the olive oil!
Until next time fillies,
Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN HQ x
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*This post is in collaboration with Vitabiotics.