Want that summer-ready skin? Nourish your skin from the inside-out with these plant-powered ingredients that will have people asking you what your secret is for getting that glow… Avocados They…
Want that summer-ready skin? Nourish your skin from the inside-out with these plant-powered ingredients that will have people asking you what your secret is for getting that glow…
They may cost you a mortgage, but avos can work wonders on your skin. They’re rich in omega-9 fatty acids which help keep the outer layer of your skin hydrated, and are an excellent source of vitamin E – an active sun blocker that can help protect your skin cells from UV damage, and keep your skin looking soft and supple.
Try: everyone’s fave avocado on toast, Soulara-style with lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of hemp seeds, served on toasted sourdough, sprouted, or gluten free bread; or why not top your go-to Soulara meal with sliced avocado?
Buttery Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a trace mineral responsible for producing the antioxidant which reduces cell damage, and also protects against sunburn and UV ray damage. Just be careful with Brazil nuts as too much selenium can be toxic – eating just two Brazil nuts a day will give you your recommended daily intake of selenium!
Try: sprinkling 1-2 chopped Brazil nuts on your porridge or chia pudding, or stuffing a pitted Medjool date with a Brazil nut for a nutty ‘sticky date’ sandwich!
Thanks to their fibre content, traditional rolled oats can help nourish inflammation-reducing gut bacteria, and balance blood sugar levels – preventing that blood sugar spike which can contribute to skin issues. Oats are also high in silicon, which aids the skin in retaining its elasticity and slows down signs of aging.
Try: starting the morning with a skin-loving bowl of porridge cooked in almond milk (sprinkle cinnamon on top for extra blood sugar-stabilising effects!), or for something special, our Sunbliss Granola Bowl.
Alongside providing a lovely zesty flavour and aroma, lemons contain high levels of vitamin C as well as bioflavonoids – antioxidants that help vitamin C work more effectively. Vitamin C helps neutralise cell-damaging free radicals in the body, and aids the production of collagen, which plumps up the skin, naturally.
Try: beginning your day with warm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon (drink with a straw to protect tooth enamel!), or mixing tahini with a squeeze of lemon juice for a simple salad dressing.
Along with ground flaxseed, hemp seeds and chia, walnuts are one of the few rich plant sources of essential omega-3 fatty acids; fats that are required from food because your body cannot produce them. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and ‘quench the thirst’ of your skin cells, working as a ‘moisturiser’ from the inside-out. Walnuts are also a good source of zinc, essential for helping the skin work as a protective barrier, while also assisting wound healing and combating bacteria and inflammation.
Try: dry-roasting walnuts to bring out their buttery flavour and reduce any bitterness.
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