While we love a good skincare product as much as the next person (sheet masks for the win!), if you subscribe to the philosophy that we are what we eat, then it makes sense that the foods we choose to consume can also have a considerable impact on our looks. Start the day by including this quintet of foods and you will have treated yourself to a systematic beauty boost by the time you have finished breakfast.
Asparagus is packed with vitamins and trace minerals, promising benefits for your heart, bones, and digestive system. Being low in calories and high in fibre, it is an extremely diet-friendly veggie, and is thought to be able to beat bloating. It is also loaded with antioxidants, and is even believed to be able to boost your mood. Asparagus is also one of the richest sources of rutin, a bioflavonoid that strengthens capillaries and may help to prevent visible broken blood vessels at the skin’s surface.
2. Jasmine green tea
The leaves used to make green tea are among the least-processed of any tea. This means the brew retains much more of its natural antioxidants, and thus packs a greater anti-ageing punch than your regular cuppa. Add to that the fact that green jasmine tea reduces cholesterol, boosts the metabolism, regulates blood sugar levels, lowers blood pressure and improves immunity, and it is easy to see why this aromatic beverage should be part of your daily beauty ritual.
Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, which is key for collagen production and helps with skin cell regeneration. They are also very high in ellagic acid, which helps to reduce the damage caused to cells by free radicals. Like blueberries, they are super anti-ageing foods in just about every category. Not to mention that the folate, silicon and magnesium found in raspberries can improve the quality of your hair, helping to thicken it and promoting faster hair growth.
4. Extra-virgin olive oil
Olive oil is also great for your hair, moisturising it and once again encouraging faster growth. Rich in oleic acid, which is a super emollient, olive oil also contains essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and provide anti-inflammatory activity. Extra-virgin olive oil is also an excellent skin moisturiser – it doesn’t clog the pores and can help stimulate cell repair for firmer and smoother skin. Try using it as a soothing and smoothing overnight treatment, or mix with a small amount of sea salt for the perfect homemade exfoliating facial scrub.
5. Nuts and seeds
Hazelnuts, walnuts, and almonds are high in the amino acid arginine, which prompts the body to release vital hormones, increase lean muscle mass, burn fat, lower cholesterol, and boost the immune system. In addition, some varieties, such as Brazil nuts, contain selenium, which boosts the elasticity of the skin. Like nuts, seeds are bursting with omega-3 fatty acids, which help to strengthen hair and nails. Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, which protects supports healthy skin and prevents the appearance of wrinkles, while chia seeds can help to keep you hydrated – a sure-fire tip for radiant skin.