Blueberries, avocados, salmon, nuts…many of people have heard that these foods are great for our complexions. But there are also some other little skin loving ingredients that get nowhere near as much credit as they deserve! Olivia Jenkins, nutritionist and author of The Clear Skin Project shares her top five foods that we bet you didn’t know were just as good for a blemish-free face.
No really, here us out! “We’ve been told to eat our sprouts for as long as we can remember, now there’s another reason why,” says Olivia. “Brussels sprouts are highly nutritious, containing over 20 essential vitamins and minerals! Brussels sprouts, a member of the brassica family, help to remove excess oestrogen in the body which can lead to acne.”
“Eating grapefruit helps to kick start your digestion and detoxify your skin too,” says Olivia. “It’s packed with vitamin C to provide antioxidant benefits for the skin while potassium assists cellular cleansing to tone and tighten skin.”
“Get your glow on!,” says Olivia. “Papaya is a powerhouse of carotene, vitamin C and flavonoids which help to combat ageing and leave you looking radiant and youthful.”
“We’ve all heard of coconut water, now it’s time to meet its powerful cousin,” shares Olivia. “It’s made by fermenting coconut water with a beneficial bacteria. Just one shot of coconut refit contains over 15 billion CFU of probiotics. These gut-friendly bacterias help to clear skin by improving gut health.”
“Chocolate is not the enemy,” says Olivia. “Indulge in some unsweetened dark raw chocolate to harness its potent antioxidant benefits. Studies have shown that dark chocolate contains more antioxidants than blueberries!”
Now that we’ve got our insides sorted, use any left overs to treat yourself to a facial mask! “Papaya and grapefruit also have amazing benefits when applied topically to the skin,” shares Olivia. Check out her DIY natural face mask recipe below.
GLOW Face Mask Recipe
1/3 cup ripe papaya
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp greek yoghurt
2 tbsp grapefruit juice
- Combine the ingredients together in a bowl and apply to clean, damp skin.
- Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse well with a warm muslin cloth.
- Follow with 2-3 drops rosehip oil for a real skin treat.