The leaves are falling, the summer sun has faded, the long, dark nights are stretching further into the day and the temptation to flick the central heating on is almost impossible to resist…
Autumn has arrived but how can you keep your skin looking radiant throughout the season? Well, nutrient-rich foods can help you to do just that, and the Detox Bible has been checking out foods to include in your diet this autumn to get clear skin and a glowing complexion…
1. Brazil nuts
Brazil nuts are packed with selenium – a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect against sun damage and age spots. Just a few Brazil nuts a day will help to give your selenium intake a boost and help your skin to look bright. Other good sources of selenium include eggs, tomatoes, wheatgerm, fish and broccoli.
2. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are a must for your autumn skin care diet. These little unsuspecting seeds are in fact one of the richest sources of omega 3 fatty acids which help to keep your skin looking radiant. Chia seeds also contain anti-aging vitamins B2, B3 and zinc and even have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to calm acne-prone skin – so good all round for keeping your skin healthy!
If you have trouble with spots or acne, the dramatic temperature changes that your skin is exposed to over colder autumnal months can trigger an outbreak. However, by eating more tomatoes and tomato-based foods which contain a chemical that may help to lower the acne promoting hormone, may help to combat outbreaks. Tomatoes are also rich in antioxidants which is good for keeping skin clear.
Avocados are rich in both vitamin which helps to protect skin from cell damage and supports healthy skin growth. Avocados are also rich in essential fatty acids that help to keep your skin supple and moisturised. Other good sources of vitamin E include pine nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and sunflower oil.
5. Oily fish
Eating plenty of oily fish helps to slow down the aging process thanks to omega 3 fatty acids. Anti-inflammatory properties can also help to tackle spot outbreaks and acne. Aim to eat oily fish three to five times a week to reap the benefits.
Packed with protein and riboflavin, quinoa helps to boost the elasticity in the skin helping you to achieve a younger, healthier complexion.
Kale is packed with vitamins and minerals together with fantastic detoxifying properties. Eating more kale will help to nourish your skin, cleanse your body of toxins. The vitamin A will also help to fight skin damage, whilst vitamin K will help to reduce dark shadows and under-eye puffiness.
Yogurt is packed with lactic acid which helps to clear dark patches, age spots and pigmentation, helping your skin to look bright and healthy.
9. Green tea
Green tea is filled with powerful antioxidants which are key to cleansing your skin of toxins and allowing it to glow. Drink three to five cups of green tea a day to really see the benefits.
Berries, such as blueberries, strawberries and cherries, are loaded with antioxidants. Eating plenty of berries during the autumn months will help you to beat pesky blemishes and keep your skin looking healthy.
And one more thing…
Water water water!
Your skin will thank you for keeping hydrated so if you want to achieve that radiant glow this autumn, remember to keep topped up on water. If you let yourself dehydrate, your skin will start to look tired, dry and certainly won’t glow.
Remember to drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Take a two-litre bottle of water to work and sip throughout the day or if you’re out and about, take a bottle with you.
Try to avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as both can age your skin.
Remember – it takes time
Don’t expect a miracle overnight. We’re certainly not promising that you will wake up with Disney princess perfect skin the day after you start making changes – but we do promise that it will happen. It can take up to six weeks for new skin to emerge on the surface so the changes that you make now will begin to show in time.