It’s true: beauty really does start from within. While we have our arsenal of skin care products for brightening, smoothing and moisturizing, what we put inside our bodies is just as important. The first step to clear, radiant skin is a healthy diet and – fortunately – we’ve got a few easy tips for glowing skin. Here are a few simple changes you can make daily to achieve that natural glow.
If you only do one thing to improve your skin, make it your mission in life to drink more water. Drinking around 2 liters of water a day helps to flush out toxins and keep you hydrated - keep a bottle of water on your desk at work and take regular sips throughout the day and try adding a bit of flavor with slices of fresh lemon to make it interesting. For extra help, mist your skin throughout the day – we love our Lavender Hydrating Mist for instant hydration, as well as leaving skin feeling refreshed and rebalanced.
The best diet for good skin is made up of a rainbow of fruit, veggies and wholefoods, thanks to essential nutrients that boost, repair and radiate your skin. For stimulating collagen production and improving skin’s texture, up your Vitamin C intake with oranges, capsicums and strawberries. Want to reduce oil and prevent wrinkles? Vitamin A – found in carrots and leafy green vegetables – is your friend. Zinc is also known for regulating oil production, which you’ll find in eggs, chickpeas, legumes and seafood, while selenium (found in walnuts and brazil nuts) aids Vitamin E absorption.
While the word ‘fats’ may seem counterintuitive to a healthy diet, healthy fats are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which keep skin hydrated and repair damaged skin cells (as well as a host of other benefits, like increasing our energy and improving brain function). ‘Good fats’ can be found in avocados (we’ve all seen that meme), fish, nuts and seeds, as well as olive and coconut oils.
A healthy gut leads to healthy skin. The gut absorbs nutrients and eliminates toxins, so keep it nourished to ensure it can work as well as possible. Probiotic-rich foods such as fermented vegetables, miso and natural yoghurt boost your gut health, while digestion can be improved with fiber-rich foods such as brown rice, beans, lentils, oats and chia seeds.
As much as ‘good’ foods can help boost skin radiance, ‘bad’ foods have the adverse effect. As much as possible, steer clear of processed and packaged foods, which are full of additives and artificial ingredients that can dull your skin. They’re also full of refined sugars, which can damage collagen (if you’re not ready to give up the sweet stuff completely, choose a natural sweetener such as honey, maple syrup or stevia). Avoid salty foods, as salt draws water out of the skin and lastly – cut down on your alcohol intake. Not only does it slow down the liver function, but alcohol also leads to a build-up of toxins (of course, we can’t say no to wine forever so when you do drink, make sure to balance it out by drinking plenty of water).
For delicious, skin-loving recipes, nutritionist Jacqueline Alwill from The Brown Paper Bag knows her stuff. Luckily for us, she created a two-week meal plan to make eating healthily that much easier. Download theJurlique x Jacqueline Alwill Wholefoods Challenge to access the full plan (along with recipes created exclusively for Jurlique).
Now your diet is full of nourishing wholefoods, boost your skin from the outside in with a routine that will complement your clean eating habits. Your skin absorbs up to 70% of what you put on it, so enhance and treat your complexion by using beautiful, all-natural products. Shop our full range here.