When it comes to looking after your skin, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Read on for our lowdown of the top 5 fruits you should be adding to your diet if you’re looking for a healthy glow.
Thanks in large part to their impressive levels of betacarotene - the pigment responsible for their bright colour - oranges are worth their weight in gold when it comes to anti-aging. Jam-packed with pro-vitamin A, which can help to fight sun damage as well as reducing skin’s sensitivity to UV rays, oranges also contain substantial amounts of vitamin C, which promotes plump, youthful skin by increasing collagen production.
Often tipped as one of nature’s most effective superfoods, blueberries owe their colour to a pigment called anthocyanin, a form of antioxidant. Just like other red- or purple- coloured berries (cranberries and goji berries are great examples), these anti-aging powerhouses help to fight the signs of aging by reducing free radical damage prompted by harmful external factors, known as the exposome.
Rich in vitamin E (responsible for promoting healthy skin, hair and nails), acai berries are noted for their anti-inflammatory properties. If you suffer from acne, applying an all-natural mask featuring acai berries or acai oil can help with redness, with their high levels of anti-oxidants also reported to help improve skin circulation. In other words, nature’s ready-made exfoliator!
The debate continues to rage over whether avocados are a fruit or a vegetable, but one thing that isn’t in doubt? The benefits they bring to the skin. Bursting with fatty acids, which are extremely effective when it comes to skin hydration, avocados also help the skin below the surface, with their high levels of vitamin A helping to promote cell repair - excellent news for tired, stressed skin suffering from damage due to sun or pollution. Who said all fat is bad?
Similar to blueberries, cranberries are packed with flavonoids, a branch of polyphenols that are known for their impressive abilities to fight oxidative stress. Consuming cranberries in juice or berry form can result in brighter, more glowing skin. What’s more, cranberries’ acidic chemical composition can help with overly oily or shiny skin, as well as soothing redness.