Eating for Clear Skin - #2014BloggerChallenge

January 20, 2014

Time for the second post in the very exciting 2014 Blogger Challenge!

The topic we have been given this time is: Skincare.

Now, I know that a lot of the other lovely bloggers taking part will be sharing their holy grail products with us but I JUST did a skincare routine post and nothing has changed since, you can read all about it *here*

I thought I would take a slightly different approach, as my blog is slightly different! 

Now, you've probably heard this a hundred times before but it is really important- you are what you eat! If you eat crap you will look like crap. If you don't fuel your body properly then there won't be any spare energy left over to make your hair, skin, nails, etc look beautiful. I know that when I eat something very sugary it shows on my skin within 48 hours.



So here are my top tips for EATING your way to clear skin:

Drink lots of water!

This has been said millions of times before... because it's true! Your skin will look better, with less wrinkles and less blemishes if you are properly hydrated.


Original article: Daily Mail (not normally a source of information for me! But this is a good one)

Eat lots of food!

I don't mean pig out on crisps and cakes, I mean eats lots and lots of fruits, veggies and good quality fresh foods. Try not to ever be hungry. If your body is starved then it will only concentrate on maintaining your vital organs, your hair and skin will be the last of it's concern. 

If you give your body a surplus of good quality energy then it will sort out your vital organs and then put the left over energy into the bits we see- hair, skin, nails, etc.

Eat your greens

There is so much goodness to be had from fresh, raw vegetables. Generally the darker the better, here are some of the best:

Kale; contains vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as high levels of manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, protein, folate and phosphorus. A real super food!

Avacado; great to put on and in your body! An amazing source of vitamin E which boots the skin vitality. Use it in face masks and eat it regularly for healthy looking skin.

Broccoli; similar to Kale with lots of great vitamins and minerals that will work wonders for your skin - try to eat it raw or very lightly steamed so that most of the goodness stays locked in.

Eat a good variety of fresh fruit

Again, there are so many benefits to be had from all the different fruits. And, lets be honest they do taste yummy! Snack on fruit, add it to your cereal in the morning, have it as a pudding, drink it in a smoothie, the list is endless!

Here's a list the best fruits for your skin:

Berries, the darker the better; they will be full of antioxidants 

Red grapes, again full of antioxidants and have been show to have anti inflammatory properties.

Bananas, are brilliant for your skin. They are full of iron, magnesium and potassium which are great for your skin... and can help relieve menstrual cramps FYI.

Chia Seeds

Of all the changes I have made over the last year this has to be one of the best because it is very easy to add these little darlings to your daily diet and they have huge beneficial properties. 

When I started including Chia seeds to my diet I noticed a huge improvement to my skin, hair and nails. (And energy levels, bonus!)

These little seeds of joy don't have any flavour to them and you can stir them in or sprinkle them on to pretty much anything. 

I did a video about a *chia energy drink* or you can stir them into a smoothie, sprinkle them over a fruit salad... they are so easy to incorporate. 

I get mine from a local store but you can buy them on line, from Holland and Barrett or from TKMAXX. 

I think that's enough for now... hope you can try some of these things out and that they work as well for you as they do for me.

Do you have any tips for skin food?! Please do share them below.

Thanks for reading, 
Rach xx

8 comments:

  1. Great post Rach, if there's one thing getting older has taught me it's that beauty really does come from within and all the expensive products in the world can only cover up a crap diet for so long! My ultimate beauty food has to be avocados and I've recently got into chia seeds so looking forward to seeing what difference that makes. x

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    1. Thank you Annie :-) so true! You can run but you can't hide! ha! Oooh I love Chia seeds (as you probably already guessed!) I hope you see the improvements that I did xx

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  2. Loved this post. This year one of my main resolutions was to try and eat more healthily, and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet. So will try and see what happens as I am a huge cake lover :(

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    1. Great to hear from you Zoe :-) I say... Still have cake but have it less often and in smaller portions maybe?... I never stop myself if I REALLY want something, I just ask myself do I REALLY want it, is it worth it, how will I look/feel after? Quite often it's not worth the giant spot/dull skin, tired feeling, etc but sometimes you just want X, Y or Z and life is too short not to have what you want... in my humble opinion!!
      Rach xx

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  3. Great post! I'll follow your recommendations on berries and chia seeds.

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    1. Thanks Eli :-) i hope you like them and see the benefits I do too xx

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  4. Thank you for the nice post! I'll regularly drink water and greens and all fresh foods from now on. I've tried to do this habit since I became aware of my health, my skin, and Planet Earth's condition, but still, there are too many delicious instant, packaged foods out there. So, when I found this kind of post talking about health, I am becoming motivated again. :D
    Oh, by the way, I accidentally visited your blog, and now I'm still reading the whole blog. But you have a wonderful blog! :)

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    1. That is great to hear! I think it's great that I can be a little bit of motivational help, I often need motivation myself!
      That is sooooo lovely to hear that you like my blog! It is always nice to hear that, thank you xx

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