What to eat to get clearer skin

>The food con­sume can be as im­por­tant the serums and creams you ap­ply to your skin

The Sun (Malaysia) - - BEAUTY -

WINTER is a great ex­cuse to ramp up your skin­care as blus­tery winds and cen­tral heat­ing play havoc with your com­plex­ion but it turns out that watch­ing what you eat can ac­tu­ally work bet­ter than any lo­tion or po­tion.

Known for her wealth of knowl­edge on all things health and beauty, Liz Earle has re­vealed how you can eat your way to clearer, healthy skin this fes­tive pe­riod.

“A ra­di­antly healthy-look­ing face de­pends on feed­ing it the right fuel,” the beauty ex­pert told . So what ex­actly should we be eat­ing? Here, Earle tack­les five ma­jor skin con­cerns with foods longher­alded for their skin clear­ing prop­er­ties.

Fine lines Cen­tral heat­ing can re­ally dry out your skin which can ex­ag­ger­ate the fee­blest of wrin­kles. “Plump up lines with plenty of skin-friendly fats found in plant oils such as olive, rape­seed and flax,” Earle sug­gests. “Try adding a spoon­ful to juices or smooth­ies, or driz­zle neat over soups.”

Oily T-zone As well as re­duc­ing your sugar in­take, Earle rec­om­mends a diet high in al­ka­line­form­ing foods. “Foods such as as­para­gus, cel­ery and en­dive to­gether with hedgerow berries, fresh grape­fruit, lemons and limes can help keep the area across the fore­head, down the nose and over the chin calm and clear.”

Un­der-eye cir­cles While drink­ing at least 1.5 litres wa­ter is known to tackle this bug­bear, Earle also sug­gests a veg­etable pre­scrip­tion that prom­ises to re­ally ban­ish those bags. “Try potas­sium and mag­ne­sium-rich foods – no­tably leafy greens such as Swiss chard, dark cab­bage and kale – to­gether with au­tum­nal squashes, sweet potato (skin on), cit­rus fruits and pa­paya.”

Puffi­ness Skin can of­ten feel swollen and puffy as a re­sult of fluid re­ten­tion, so di­uretic foods like fen­nel, cel­ery, cu­cum­ber and chicory are a great ed­i­ble so­lu­tion. Earle says, “My favourite lunchtime dish is smoked mack­erel with a poppy seed fen­nel and white radish salad.”

Rough, flaky skin Flaky skin is a great sig­ni­fier that your diet needs more Omega-3 which can be boosted by up­ping your in­take of oily fish like Her­ring, Mack­erel, Pilchard, Sar­dine, Sal­mon and Tuna. If you don’t eat fish though, Earle says that “Flaxseed and rape­seed oils are a use­ful sub­sti­tute as they con­tain a sim­i­lar es­sen­tial fatty acid pro­file.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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