The Glow List: My Top 10 Superfoods For Crazy, Glowy Skin

Is there really any point me reminding you that you are what you eat? Of course not, you know that. So when it comes to getting the skin you’ve always dreamed of, clearly there’s a remedy of the dietary variety. Forget medication or the vampire facial, by incorporating more of these foods into your diet, drinking loads of water and having solid skincare habits, you’ll be glowing in no time.

As some of you may know, I recently returned from hosting a workshop in Langkawi, Malaysia that taught women how to glow from the inside out. Superfoods and altering your diet is the crux of what I teach, as well as some simple tools and techniques relating to skincare. Here are my secrets…

Food

1. Rocket – This dark, leafy green is an excellent source of two of the keys to gorgeous skin: Vitamin A and sulfur. Not to mention that the chlorophyll in rocket is a potent detoxifier, too. Try a raw rocket salad topped with fresh herbs, radish, salmon and seeds for a ‘superskin’ salad in seconds. YUM!

2. Pumpkin Seeds – High in zinc and essential fatty acids including omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9, sunflower seeds help reduce inflammation in the body. Try them sprinkled on salads, in smoothies, or simply by the handful.

3. Radish – Raw foodist David Wolfe hails radish as one of the most beautifying of all foods. Radishes are high in sulfur, silica, and vitamin C, which work together to create glowing skin by boosting collagen, strengthening skin, and stimulating the circulatory system. Slice radishes into salads, or have as a snack on their own or with a dip.

4. Avocado – Clearly a no brainer! Avocado isn’t just one of the tastiest foods around, it also packs a powerful nutritional punch. Bonus tip: As good fats help you absorb more nutrients by slowing the digestion process down, I recommend eating avocado with tomatoes, carrots and capsicum to help you absorb up to five times more of the antioxidants lycopene and beta carotene – both massive skin winners.

5. Hemp Seeds – I’m pretty sure they’re still illegal in Australia but they are readily available at health food stores so I’m going with it. What’s so good about hemp seeds? Well, they’re packed with massive amounts of protein to help build strong hair, nails, muscle, and skin. and they also have the ideal ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids (1:3), and even include omega 9, making them great for reducing inflammation in the skin. If you suffer from inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, redness, rocacea and even eczema, try adding hemp seeds to your salads or morning smoothie.

6. Salmon and other oily fish – Another great anti-inflammatory food, salmon is loaded with omega-3 oils. Look for the wild caught stuff over the farmed and enjoy it grilled with a super salad for dinner.

7. Chocolate – OK, let’s not start reaching for the Cadbury here. We’re talking unprocessed, raw chocolate also known as raw cacao. It’s much more bitter than the refined stuff, but the benefits of raw chocolate on both your skin and health overall are outstanding. Packed with antioxidants, this tasty little treat will definitely get your skin glowing. Add it to smoothies or homemade muffins or pretty much anything you can imagine.

8. Berries – Suffer redness? The good news is that blueberries are vascular constrictors, which assist in reducing redness in sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea and acne. In addition, if you have blotchy, dry, dull, or sun-damaged skin, eating blueberries on a regular basis can help leave skin looking clearer, firmer, and more youthful looking. They’re loaded with antioxidants, so nibble on them daily if you can. If they’re out of season get the frozen ones, and add them to smoothies or eat them with nuts. I would advise against adding dairy to your smoothie or eating any fruit with dairy, as reports suggest dairy blocks the absorption of nutrients and messes with the digestion of fruit.

9. Kale – When you talk superfoods, kale is top of the heap. Where do I begin? Kale contains more of the following nutrients that most other vegetable: beta-carotene, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, & K. It also smashes brussels sprouts out of the park, delivering 4 times more magnesium and calcium; more vitamin C than carrots or spinach, and more folate than broccoli. Eat it very finely chopped in salads, cooked through or dehydrated in the form of kale chips. Oh, and in green smoothies too, of course.

10. Water – Sure, it’s not a food but we know that our skin is our biggest organ, and like all our other organs it’s made up of cells. Our skin cells require water just as much as any other part of our body, and without it your skin looks dry, flaky and sallow. Up the ante on your water intake and you’ll instantly rehydrate all your cells, plump them up and have energy to boot.

Bonus Food: Pomegranate! It’s pomegranate season so stock up on this antioxidant-rich treat while you can. Add it to salads or eat it alone, it’s a winner every time. 

Tell me Happies…

Do you eat enough of these foods?

Do you want to now?

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12 comments

  1. fortheintolerants · April 30, 2013

    I adore all of these foods, but pomegranate…oh by god…I think I might love pomegranate the most.

  2. Georgie · April 30, 2013

    Any tips for foods (or anything else) that may help with keratosis pilaris, Yaz? I eat really well but just can’t seem to get rid of it. It really really gets me down.

    • Yaz Trollope · May 3, 2013

      YES! This is such a common problem I will do a whole blog on it for you next week. Yxx

  3. naomicot · April 30, 2013

    I am, right this very second, nibbling on a raw cacao brownie after an early lunch of mashed avo on fresh wholegrain sourdough. DELISH! Hopefully my skin will be reaping the benefits right about now!

  4. Maria @ Cheeky Pink Tulip · May 7, 2013

    I am so happy to see chocolate on this list!

    Maria xx
    http://www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

  5. Brina · May 9, 2013

    this is really interesting tips you have shared here. i love the tips. water is the most important factor which matters in your glowing skin. one more thing i would like to share here is for glowing skin you should try ashieda beauty nectar which contains Orza Ceramide PT, Vitamin C, Kiwi Seed Extract, and Resveratrol and OPC (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin) which will help you to get natural glowing look.

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  7. The Dame Intl · June 1, 2013

    Apple Cider Vinegar helps too, I drink a capful every day 🙂

  8. Karen · June 1, 2013

    I really don’t drink enough water, it’s always been a problem for me! I have recently though started to up my intake of green tea, it’s such a great all rounder for extra health benefits and I believe it’s also great for your skin! Love all these tips, will be including them on my shopping list this week, thanks! X

  9. Jamee Dyches · June 2, 2013

    My boyfriend and I were just having a conversation about blueberries today. He asked me if there were any downsides, or if there was an upper limit to how much you should eat. (Don’t worry, I told him that he could eat them every day and be just fine. In fact, he should.) I love articles like this. You can never be reminded enough times of these kinds of foods. So thank you!

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