Our skin reflects what’s going on inside, so it really is true when they say ‘beauty comes from within’. It’s our largest organ, our protective covering as well as the first line of defence against disease. Eating healthy foods is a bit of a no brainer when it comes to a diet for skin health, but that is only part of the picture. Follow these steps and you’ll improve your skin and your overall health in the process.

5 Easy steps to achieve healthy skin

1) Eliminate food intolerances

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Do an elimination diet to help find out whether any foods are affecting your skin. Your skin can often be the first signs of a sensitivity. A good diet for skin health should include working out what foods work for you and your unique body.

Dairy is a common intolerance as are gluten and nightshades. Try doing an elimination diet plan under the supervision of a health professional and monitor symptoms as your reintroduce foods one at a time.

2) Heal your gut with probiotics

Skin conditions including rosacea, acne, eczema, psoriasis are often a sign of something going on in the body. The health of your gut microbiome has a direct effect on your skin so ensuring your digestive system is working optimally is the first step in a diet for skin health.

Introduce some probiotic rich foods to help build up the good bacteria in your gut. These include live yoghurt, sauerkraut, water and milk kefir. If you are struggling to get those in your diet try taking a good quality probiotic supplement from your local health food shop.

3) Add superfoods for skin to your diet

Eat plenty of superfoods for optimal skin health.  Omega-3 rich foods including flaxseeds, walnuts and oily fish, which help to decrease inflammation and reduce the risk of acne and other skin problems. Follow this free superfood diet plan, full of recipes and advice.

4) Eat your fruits and vegetables

Consume a diet rich in rainbow coloured fruit and vegetables, especially orange coloured fruit and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash and carrots. This ensures you get plenty of the antioxidants vitamins A (eggs and green leafy vegetables), C (oranges, pineapples and bell peppers and E (avocado and almonds).

Vitamin A helps to revitalise the skin by increasing cell production and rebuilding tissues. Vitamin C aids the body in producing collagen and reducing cell damage from free radicals. Vitamin E limits sun damage and reduces signs of aging.

5) Get hydrated

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, fruit and herbal teas.  I know you’ve heard it all before but hydration is key to optimal health and should be included in any diet for skin health. Our skin becomes dehydrated easily, which can cause it to wrinkle (which nobody wants!) so aim for 6-8 glasses a day minimum.

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