The beauty diet

Friday - - Beauty -

These po­tent foods taste great and flush out skin-clog­ging nas­ties.

Lemons

Vi­ta­min C, most com­monly found in cit­rus fruit, is key to health and beauty due to its col­la­gen-build­ing prop­er­ties and sup­port of the skin’s elas­tic­ity. A lack of vi­ta­min C can re­sult in hair loss. Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of wa­ter ev­ery morn­ing and you should see a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in hair thick­ness af­ter one or two months.

Wa­ter­cress

Kcal nu­tri­tion­ist Laura Smith rec­om­mends adding leafy greens like wa­ter­cress to DIY juices for a skin-bright­en­ing fix. “Green veg­eta­bles are high in folic acid, iron, potas­sium, vi­ta­min C and B com­plex,” she says. “Get your fix to help re­bal­ance the body’s nat­u­ral Ph and aid clear skin.”

Low in calo­ries, wa­ter­cress also helps flush your di­ges­tive sys­tem, re­mov­ing tox­ins along the way.

Tahini

Packed with protein, this se­same seed paste is also full of the en­tire set of B vi­ta­mins, cru­cial for hair growth and long, strong nails. It also does won­ders for clear, bright eyes.

Egg yolks

“A lack of vi­ta­min A can leave our skin dry and itchy, which is bad for your scalp, skin and hair fol­li­cles,” says Smith. “It’s also an an­tiox­i­dant, which helps fight against dam­ag­ing free radi­cles in the body and re­duces the signs of age­ing.”

Egg yolks pro­vide a great hit of vi­ta­min A, whether served for break­fast or ap­plied top­i­cally as a hair treat­ment.

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