Getting great skin isn’t easy so we got in touch with the crack team of nutritionalists at Harley Street’s The Food Doctors to help us find some uncommon solutions to common skincare problems. It turns out you can exfoliate until you’re raw and moisturise until you’re blue in the face but if you aren’t eating the right things, it won’t matter a jot.
Problem: Bad Skin
Solution: Fish and Nuts
A quick face wash in the morning might feel good, but a handful of nuts and a bit of fish is more beneficial in the long run. Fish, The Food Doctor tells us, contains ‘Omega 3 fats that must be obtained through the diet. They have been shown to plump up the skin by supplying the building blocks for healthy skin cells and reducing inflammation, known to contribute to harsher skin.’ And if you’re looking for a fuss free cure-all, you could do a lot worse than picking up a bag of almonds instead of those crisps in your meal deal. They’re packed with Vitamin E, which is crucial in maintaining healthy, youthful skin.
Problem: Tired Looking Skin
Solution: Kiwis and Strawberries
Sometimes you don’t look your best and it’s your own damn fault – you’ve had a few nights out on the trot and now your eyes have dark rings around them. Other times you’ve had an early night and been to the gym, yet you’re still looking knackered. That’s where eating fruit comes in. As The Food Doctor told us, ‘Vitamin C plays a key role in the synthesis of the structural protein collagen, shown to strengthen the capillaries that supply the skin. Forget oranges, when it comes to vitamin C kiwis and strawberries are your go to fruits.’
Solution: Steak and Liver
Spots might be something you thought you’d finished with, but sometimes they’ll rear their ugly heads out of nowhere. What you need to sort this out might be the zinc found in lean red meat rather than a tube of Clearasil. It’s been shown to prevent elevated levels of certain types of testosterone, known to be one of the biggest causes of cystic acne and bad skin. For possibly the most masculine meal you’ll ever eat, you can add on a bit of liver, which contains high levels of Vitamin A. The Food Doctor told us this ‘prevents the sebaceous glands from producing too much sebum, which blocks pores and causes inflammation, and thus discourages spots from developing.’
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