Is there a 'good skin' diet?

As the saying goes, 'you are what you eat'. And that includes our skin. It's a well-known fact that certain foods can help us get the flawless complexion we crave, offering a good skin diet. And that you should eat the foods that are good for your skin to your heart's content!

Proteins for firm skin

 Eggs are a good start. In addition to protein, they contain selenium, vitamin A and copper to combat acne and fight infection. As for salmon, it's packed with fatty acids and omega 3 that nourish our skin and reduce inflammatory reactions. These two foods help keep our skin supple and toned, whilst unclogging our pores.

Fruits to smoothe out wrinkles

Fruits are bursting with vitamins and antioxidants. Vitamin C alone is an antioxidant powerhouse that smoothes skin and helps collagen fibres regenerate. The best vitamin C-rich fruits are kiwis, oranges, grapefruit and summer fruits, including blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Berries contain anthocyanins that reduce inflammation and help even out skin tone. And then there's watermelon, which can protect our skin from damage caused by the sun. It hydrates skin and can lighten liver spots. Finally, munch on an avocado to get your fill of vitamins A, D and E, minerals including copper and iron to purify your epidermis and fatty acids to nourish and soften your skin. Avocados are also great wrinkle-busters.

Veggies to plump up your features

All green vegetables, spinach in particular, contain lots of water and, therefore, hydrate our skin. Plus they're packed with skin-friendly nutriments and antioxidants. Spinach contains vitamins B, C and E, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, fatty acids and omega 3. If that's not enough, it's also a good source of lutein, a protein that helps our peepers and adds a sparkle to our eyes.

Chocolate to give us some peps

Dark chocolate is a happy food that's rich in cacao. It helps beat the blues whilst toning up our skin. It also combats signs of ageing and damage caused by UV rays.