I will admit that I am one of the more fortunate people when it comes to my skin (very real apologies to everyone for whom this is not the case). I’ve never really had breakouts, and apart from a spotty forehead when I had bangs for a while as a teenager, have never really given much thought to how I can take better care of my skin.

This is changing now of course. As I inch, slowly but surely towards my thirties, I’ve started to give more thought as to the kind of woman I want to be, and what that kind of woman will look like.

While I’m not worried about crows feet or lines in my forehead that are the indication of a life well-lived; I am definitely concerned about my skin loosing its suppleness and elasticity, being too dry or too oily, or just plain overworked.

As I’ve begun my search for the right products and best beauty regimes, I’ve come to realize that beauty isn’t actually skin deep. It’s as much about what you put in as it is about why you put on.
With that said, here are a few thing you can change in your diet if you want to improve and better nourish and care for your skin:

For supple soft skin

Fatty fish – omega-3 fatty acids are the key to soft, well-moisturised skin.

For skin elasticity

Avocadosresearch has shown that high intake of healthy fats like those found in avocados creates skin with better elasticity.

For sensitive skin

Fish and nuts – omega-3 isn’t just great for cultivating softer skin. If you’re someone who regularly suffers from inflammatory conditions, upping your intake of omega-3 fatty acids will help to reduce it. Omega-3 fatty acids are typically found in fish, walnuts, eggs, spinach, and chia seeds.

For fuller, stronger skin

Tomatoes, bell peppers, and broccoli – while most people might associate collagen with the stuff you  inject into lips and cheeks, there is natural collagen created by the body (with the help of vitamin C) that helps to fill out and strengthen your skin. While it’s not Botox, your skin will definitely look better

For younger looking skin

Soy – the key to eternal beauty is in those tiny beans. Soy contains plant compounds known as isoflavones, which have been shown to improve skin elasticity, and reduce fine wrinkles and skin dryness.

What simple change can you make today to improve your skin?

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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