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food, as it comes in na­ture is packed with a range of nu­tri­ents, all of which pro­mote great skin. Avoid pro­cessed food, caf­feine and al­co­hol and no­tice the dif­fer­ence this makes to your skin.

Vi­ta­min C is par­tic­u­larly help­ful for skin as it helps to com­bat free rad­i­cal dam­age, which is part of the cause of age­ing and wrin­kles. Vi­ta­min C rich foods in­clude cit­rus fruit, kiwi fruit, cap­sicum and broc­coli.

Skin loves fat! Fat helps the skin to main­tain its mois­ture bar­rier which helps keep skin soft and pre­vent dry­ing. Flaky and dry skin or cracked heels and cu­ti­cles can be a sign that you are lack­ing in es­sen­tial fatty acids.

Omega 3 fatty acids are par­tic­u­larly help­ful for skin, and is the type of fat that most peo­ple are de­fi­cient in.

Oily fish like sus­tain­able sar­dines or salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, and wal­nuts are all great omega 3 rich fats to in­clude in your diet. Co­conut oil also makes a great top­i­cal mois­turiser to use on dry patches of skin.

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