The festive season is always a great time, but we often find ourselves indulging in one too many glasses of wine, and the sneaky treats that no doubt come with it. Combined with the late nights, it can start wreaking havoc with our skin.
Whether you just want to start the year feeling fresh, or you are getting ready for your luxury Fijian holiday with us, having radiant and glowing skin will help you to feel happy and healthy. You want to be feeling your best while you’re lying with your friends on the white sandy beach, riding a wave in the warm waters, stretching out at sunset yoga or working out with our personal trainers – and this is a great first step to take.
The team at Crave Fitness Holidays have come up with a list of our Top 10 favourite foods that will help to give you clear skin that will be glowing just as much as your smile during your getaway with us.
10. Dark Chocolate
Yes, dark chocolate! We’re putting this tasty treat in our Top 10. The cocoa helps with keeping your skin hydrated and is supplemented with sun protection properties helping to shield your skin from harmful rays, which is one of the major factors for your skin looking damaged and much older. Dark chocolate also has some powerful antioxidants that can help protect your skin from free-radical damage. This helps to keep your skin soft, fresh and supple for much longer.
Make sure you pick a good quality dark chocolate though – a block of dairy milk doesn’t quite fit the bill!
9. Soy Milk
A cup a day should keep hyper-pigmentation away leaving your complexion clearer. Protein can also help to keep skin tissues firm and the protein found in soy milk keeps these tissues hydrated and increases elasticity.
Everyone’s favourite winter warmer comes in at number 8 on our list of foods that help with keeping our skin fresh. Steel cut oats are less processed and take longer for your body to break down, helping to keep your blood sugar levels stable for longer. Studies have found that spiking blood sugar levels are linked to hormones that can contribute to wrinkles – so keep those blood sugar levels at bay, to keep the wrinkles away! Oats are also great to pack out your smoothies or substitute for flour in a healthier option cookie.
These nutters contain omega - 3 fatty acids which improves your skins elasticity improving texture and youthfulness, and helps to reduce inflammation. Packed with B Vitamins, they are also a great natural stress manager and mood booster, and we all now how much younger we look and feel when we are happier and less stressed.
These little puppies do not only sing out “summer time” but are great by themselves or in your morning breakfast smoothie. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and are high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C while naturally low in cholesterol and sodium. The blueberry can help clear up unwanted acne, and blotchy spots leaving your skin with a healthier glow. We could go on and on about the benefits of these tiny troopers – they hold the key to helping you achieve better skin, hair and overall health.
Salmon is so rich in omega - 3 fatty acids, something that we should all ensure we are getting enough of. Omega-3 fatty acids help the production of inflammatory compounds which help in the anti-ageing process leaving your skin looking, feeling healthy and clear. Goodbye fine lines and wrinkles!
Popeye’s favourite food to keep him nice and strong! Spinach is packed full of goodness from Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, through to iron, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids. These nutrients can help with many skin benefits such as anti-ageing, hydration, skin repair, creating a rosy glow and combatting dark under-eye circles. The lutein in the leafy green also helps to leave your eyes sparkling white.
As we already know this delicious fruit is full of Vitamin C which helps improve the texture of your skin by restoring your collagen levels leaving your skin looking plump and youthful. The antioxidants present in oranges also help fight free-radicals which can cause us to age faster than we should be.
This versatile and popular fruit is high in minerals (copper and iron) that helps reduce the signs of ageing and promotes skin elasticity. It doesn't stop there, the Avocado is full of vitamin A, D and E that helps against blemishes. Loaded with antioxidant carotenoids, avocados can help to improve density and thickness of the skin as well as tone and general appearance. Plus they are delicious and so versatile.
1. Green Tea
The cup of goodness that we start each day with has made it to our Number 1 spot! Green Tea is full of antioxidants that helps fight free-radicals and inflammation. They also help to reduce redness leaving your skin looking clear and clean. The Vitamin K in green tea can help reduce dark under-eye circles, while the theanine is shown to provide a calming effect on the body. So start your day with a nice calming cuppa, and get ready for the day ahead. If you aren’t a huge fan of the tast of green tea, try it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice as well.