Q My skin is red and flaky. I’ve tried so many creams, what else can I do?
A‘Reframing your diet can help. After struggling with acne, eczema and psoriasis, I’ve learnt that diet is key,’ says skin guru Hanna Sillitoe.
WHAT TO EAT
LEAFY GREENS Go for spinach, kale, spring greens – whatever’s seasonal. They contain vitamin A, amazing for skin. TURMERIC Has anti-viral and antiinflammatory properties. Can help treat autoimmune skin conditions.
LEMON Super alkaline and a great anti-inflammatory.
BRAZIL NUTS A small handful, daily, provides us with all the selenium we need, which is essential for clear skin.
WHAT TO AVOID
DAIRY It can be problematic for eczema. The hormones in dairy products are also far from ideal for hormonal skin conditions such as acne.
SUGAR Can feed candida in the gut, which is often an underlying condition associated with skin problems.
ALCOHOL It’s drying and puts stress on our kidneys and liver.
NIGHTSHADE VEGETABLES Plants in this family can cause problems for those with an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis.