Eat Yourself Beautiful

You might think that the secret to beautiful skin lies inside an expensive pot of ‘miracle cream’, but you’d be wrong.

That’s because the key to achieving a young, glowing, healthy complexion is far simpler and much cheaper – and it works just as well for your hair and nails too.

It’s all about eating the correct food, getting the right vitamins and nutrients and stocking up on the super foods that are guaranteed to boost your beauty the natural way.

So, instead of heading to the nearest beauty counter this weekend, take a trip to the supermarket instead and start eating your way to flawless skin, shiny hair and long nails.

Here’s how to do it:

Foods that are rich in vitamin C help the production of collagen which strengthens the capillaries, which feed your skin. So, to keep looking youthful, start munching your way through plenty of blueberries, strawberries, oranges, kiwi fruits and blackberries.

Omega-3 benefits the skin by boosting hydration, regulating oil production and delaying ageing of the skin. Find it in oily fish, like mackerel, herring, salmon, anchovies, and tuna.

Vitamin E-rich foods are essential for healthy skin – snack on hazel nuts, brazil nuts, walnuts and seeds to get your quota. Avocados are renowned for their beauty benefits thanks to their high nutritional value and they’re also a good source of vitamin E.

Eating eggs, milk, leafy green vegetables, carrots and liver are good ways to increase levels of Vitamin A, which helps skin to re-build tissue. It’s a key vitamin in the fight against ageing – as it can aid in keeping lines, wrinkles and dull skin at bay.

Pumpkin seeds, sardines and oysters keep skin supple and soft because they are rich in zinc, so include them in your diet too.

Sulphur can be found in garlic and onions and helps the skin stay smooth. Iron is useful for improving skin tone, so try to nibble on sesame seeds and dried apricots throughout the day.

Keep skin completely clear by staying thoroughly hydrated. Most of us don’t have enough to drink throughout the day, and we foolishly think that all of those cups of tea and coffee count – they don’t. It’s really important to drink eight glasses of water to make a difference to your complexion. After a while you’ll find that your skin will be clearer and those annoying breakouts will be gone.

In fact, it’s a good idea to cut down on the caffeine altogether – limit your tea and coffee intake, and remember that some fizzy drinks are loaded with caffeine too.

Remove all processed and junk foods which are high in fat, salt, sugars and calories from your diet as much as you can. Apart from being no good for your overall health, poor foods make your complexion appear dull and lifeless. They contain little in the way of protein, vitamins or minerals, and so add nothing positive to your diet.

Smoking and drinking are not conducive to creating a youthful look, so quit the cigarettes, and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.

It doesn’t take long to start reaping the rewards of a healthy change in your diet and lifestyle, you’ll almost immediately start to see – and feel – the benefits.

You can be sure that your body will be thanking you for making the changes that result in you looking beautiful. The nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you need for healthy skin, glossy hair and strong nails are essential for the health of the rest of your body too.

Which can only mean that you’ll be left looking great and feeling fantastic.