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Skin health on a plate

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Not sure what to have for dinner tonight? Make sure some of these foods are on your plate for your skins sake…

Raspberries contain Ellagic Acid, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that helps prevent red inflamed skin. Keep your skin looking vibrant and clear by generously tossing sweet and tart berries on top of your yogurt or morning cereal. Add some nuts and seeds for an extra protein hit.

Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant Lycopene, a carotenoid pigment that gives them their rosy red colour. Studies have shown that a diet rich in Lycopene can help protect the skin by as much as 33% – reason enough to plop a big juicy tomato slice or two on your next burger or sandwich! Better still cook them first as this gives even more of these skin loving benefits.

Kale is a hot super food rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium. Kale’s high content of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, makes it an especially good food for fighting premature ageing due to UV damage. Plus, there are 45 different flavonoids in kale, all of which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A great way to enjoy kale: DIY Kale chips baked with a bit of oil and freshly ground pepper. Yum!

Artichokes are delicious all kinds of ways – steamed and sautéed, eaten whole, chopped into salads, blended as a dip, and more. Artichokes contain several antioxidants including Quercetin, Anthocyanin and Silymarin, which have been shown to help reduce the proliferation of cancer cells. Another perk: Artichokes are high in fibre that helps detox your body for clearer skin.

I’m a Green Tea addict. It contains antioxidants called Polyphenols, which fight free radicals and help cleanse your system – giving you more radiant skin. Summer tip: Take a break from your ordinary iced tea and give iced green tea a try. We love and serve the Tea Pigs tea temples at the skin lounges.

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