When it comes to your skin, the old saying is true: you are what you eat. At Swann Beauty we provide a variety of cosmetic services such as dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, and skin peels to keep you looking your best. However, all the treatments in the world won’t matter if you’re not looking after your skin from the inside too! Here are some of the foods you should be including in your diet for great skin…

  • Strawberries: Free radicals damage skin cells, break down collagen, and cause fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C helps to fight free radicals, smoothing and hydrating the skin. Many people think that citrus fruits are the best source of vitamin C, but strawberries actually contain much more of the vitamin than any citrus fruit! Include plenty of vitamin C rich foods in your diet, like dark leafy greens, kiwi, tomatoes, and strawberries.
  • Chocolate: Yes, we’re telling the truth! However, only dark chocolate is beneficial to your skin; milk chocolate contains too much sugar and not enough cacao to be good for you. Opt for chocolate with a cacao content of 70% or higher. The flavonols found in dark chocolate are a potent type of antioxidant that can help to improve circulation and hydrate the skin. Just a few squares a day is enough to make a difference without overdoing the calories.
  • Bell peppers: Red, yellow, orange, and green – all types of bell pepper deserve their palce in your diet. Red peppers contain vitamins C, A, B6, magnesium, and antioxidants. Yellow and green peppers are a great source of carotenoids, the antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause wrinkles and skin ageing. Dip them in hummus, put them in a stir fry – eat them however you like, just make sure you eat them!
  • Sunflower seeds: Vitamin E helps to boost the immune system, helping the body fight off the inflammation that causes pimples and acne. Just a handful of sunflower seeds contains almost 40% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin E, as well as essential fatty acids that keep your collagen plump and healthy, which keeps your skin smooth. Try sprinkling them over your salad for added crunch, or top your morning cereal with some to start your day off right.
  • Eggs: These little powerhouses of nutrition are packed full of protein whilst being low in fat. Proteins are the body’s building blocks so a diet rich in healthy proteins is essential for keeping everything working as it should, and ensuring your skin stays healthy. Eggs also contain vitamins and minerals like zinc and selenium which have excellent skin-clearing properties.