A vibrant skin shopping list

As researchers delve deeper into the science of the gut and how it is interlinked throughout the body, studies have also come to show that gut health can also have an impact on our external organs—the skin, in particular.

We sat down with our nutritionist to discuss 5 top foods that you can be incorporating into your diet, for more vibrant skin.

  1. Broccoli - Contains more vitamin C than oranges. Vitamin C is one of the most-studied powerful antioxidants, which stimulates collagen production. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, which are known to contribute to the detoxification processes.

  2. Avocado - A source of healthy fats, helping to hydrate the skin from within. Also contain antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, protecting the skin from environmental factors and improving skin tone.

  3. Dark leafy greens - Green colour stands for detoxification. As the skin is a major detoxification organ, alongside the liver, lungs and the lymphatic system, nourish it with green leafy vegetables, and vitamins and minerals within them.

  4. Live yoghurt - Collagen is a protein, so eating protein will help to absorb it directly or produce it from other amino acids. Probiotics in live yoghurt can alleviate inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. There is controversy that dairy can cause acne, but this is mostly attributable to non-fermented dairy.

  5. Oily fish - High in omega-3 fatty acids and a source of Coenzyme-Q10. The former can reduce damage from UV, smoking and pollution, as well as hydrate the skin from within, while the latter helps fight off free radicals and keep the skin youthful.

For more information, check out our Q&A with Pyscodermatologist, Dr Alia Ahmed.