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Certain foods are especially beneficial to the skin. Σκόρδο is one such food. It contains sulphur compounds (which give it its quite strong odor) that are beneficial to your skin. Additionally, it acts as a natural antibiotic and cleanses the entire system. If you like garlic, then eat it as much as possible. If the odor worries you, chew a piece of parsley afterwards and this will neutralize it. Odorless garlic pills can be found if this is so hard.

Vitamin C

It is probably the most important skin vitamin in my opinion. Not least because the human body can neither create it or store it. This vitamin helps collagen formation that keeps skin looking young and plump. This may be why smoker’s skin may look older than a non smoker. Smoking also uses up the oxygen from the blood. Give it up if possible or at least cut it down.

Vitamin C is best consumed jointly with bioflavonoids,The way it’s usually found in nature. Both have a synergistic effect. They can be seen in Citrus fruit, berries such as strawberries and blueberries and vegetables like broccoli. Μπρόκολο also contain vitamin A, an important vitamin for skin because it helps it fight infection from the inside out.


They are a great source of carotenoids such as “beta-carotene” which your body converts to vitamin A. Beta-carotene is absorbed into the skin and may also protect it from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Carrots also contain “alpha carotene” which protects against free radical damage. Carrots are a terrific way to get your vitamin A as excessive carotenoids are expelled from the body. Too much vitamin A is toxic to the body.

Dark leafy green vegetables

Especially kale and Σπανάκι are a fantastic source of iron and zinc. Iron will ensure that your skin gets enough oxygen and zinc is a excellent pimple fighter. Eat some every day if you possible can or add some in a new juice.


It deserves a separate mention as it is rich in just about all of the skin boosting nutrients. It contains beta carotene, chlorophyll, vitamin B12, folic acid (good for
business skin), vitamin C and iron. Parsley can be added to juices, casseroles, sprinkled over any savory dish or just chewed by itself. Its great for fresh breath too. Parsley is
easy to grow, pop some in a pot and keep it close to the kitchen door.


It is fabulous for dry skin and wrinkles. Use it for cooking – it comprises monounsaturated fats and antioxidants- or slather it on your skin after a bath.

Flaxseeds and flax oil

(also known as linseed) contain the essential omega 3 oils not found in many foods. (Fish also contains omega 3). Flaxseeds contain fiber and phytoestrogens that balance the body’s hormones and are vital for younger looking skin. Sprinkle some on your cereal or use in soups and stews.


They give skin (particularly dry skin) a boost. Although fairly high in fat, its the healthy monounsaturated kind which makes dry skin supple. Avocados contain glutathione that’s among the most effective antioxidants around and will protect against cell damage in all skin types. They’re also high in potassium.


Drink as much water as you can, this flushes out toxins and helps to moisturize the skin. If you can not drink eight glasses a day – I can not unless its 40 degrees – then only drink as
much as possible without being uncomfortable.

Protein intake

Skin demands sufficient protein to replace and repair itself. Most of us have loads of protein in our diets but lots of it comes with a great deal of fat attached. If you can substitute low fat things e.g. milk, peanut butter, cheese etc, then do this. You’ll still be eating the exact same amount. Lean meat is fine, fish is much better as it comprises natural omega 3 oils that are fantastic for your skin and your health.

Fruits and Veggies

Try and include as many fruits and veggies as you can to your diet. If you are a dedicated junk food “junkie” this might appear hopeless, but if you handle it in small bites. It’ll be easy. Commit yourself to healthy foods on certain days of the week or drink water rather than soda in the afternoons. When this becomes comfortable, expand it to daily. Its just breaking old habits and replacing them with fresh ones. After a while you will be familiar with it. And you will feel better and loose weight also.

Vitamins and Minerals

The purists tell us that all vitamins and minerals can be obtained from foods and there’s absolutely not any requirement for us to take nutritional supplements. In theory this is correct, however the stress of life now probably robs our system of vitamin B. Smoking
uses up about 35 mg of vitamin C each day.

Fresh storing

Added to this, the practice of storing fresh produce for prolonged amounts of time, can not help but deplete the natural vitamins in these foods. The pollution in our cities and a number of our bad habits such as eating crap and smoking (who me?) Leads to the creation of free radicals within the body. For this we need an antioxidant which contains
among others beta carotene (a precursor of vitamin A), vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, lycopene (found in tomatoes) and zinc.

Healthy skin loves exercise!

It does not matter what type. Walking, running, all kinds of sport, aerobics, thumping around in the gym, whatever you like try and match it in three times a week. If you don’t like any exercise, find one! Join a group of individuals or find a walking buddy, you’ll be able to enjoy it I promise!

Avoid Stress

Stress is bad for you and bad for your skin. Stress will slow the flow of blood into the skin resulting in a shortage of oxygen into the cells. It will also deplete certain nutrients in the body – such as vitamin B. It can ruin your sleep consequently preventing the regeneration and repair of skin cells. It will place pressure lines on your face and willmake you look old before your time! Who needs it?