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Beauty from the Inside Out

You've heard the saying "You are what you eat". I can offer some amazing treatments and products to nourish and support your skin from the outside, but beautiful skin starts from the inside out. Here are some great super foods to fast track your way to radiant skin!

Broccoli
Broccoli is high in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, which aid in collagen production, and also protect against UV radiation damage.

Cocoa
Cocoa is rich in antioxidants, richer in fact than red wine or green tea. In particular, the flavanols present in a rich cocoa drink, have been shown in studies to reduce reddening of skin exposed to UV light. Sounds like a good excuse to drink more of my favourite good quality Dutch cocoa.

Blueberries
Blueberries are a smoothie 'must have' in my house. They taste great, help clear acne and blotchiness on your skin, and blend in beautifully with my next super food skin ingredient.

Cinnamon
Cinnamon powder has a particularly high ORAC value making it one of the seven top antioxidant super foods. Recent lab tests have also found it to have antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties making it effective against acne causing bacteria like P.Acnes and S.Epidermis. A teaspoon a day is more than sufficient, and due to its blood thinning properties, is best avoided if pregnant or on medication.

Almonds
Eating a handful of almonds every day boosts levels of vitamin E, which is great for those prone to dryness. They can also help cure constipation and smooth your digestive process, making your skin glow healthier every day.

I hope you will experience the good from one or more of my ‘beauty from the inside out’ tips this month. For more beauty hints and skin care advice sign up for my newsletter at www.faceitbeauty.co.nz 

by Amanda Care

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