by Teresa Cutter, founding director of The Healthy Chef
Kick 2019 off with a healthy bang by following Teresa Cutter’s beauty-boosting tips for the New Year. As the founding director of The Healthy Chef, it will come as no surprise that these tips following her philosophy around using the power of pure and wholesome ingredients to look after yourself from the inside out.
1 // PROTEIN TO MAKE COLLAGEN & KEEP SKIN FIRM
Collagen is my natural beauty secret. Including enough quality protein sources in your diet strengthens your collagen levels and therefore makes your skin firmer and less prone to wrinkles.
2 // FRUITS & VEGETABLES FOR ANTIOXIDANTS & TO FIGHT OFF AGEING
Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is key for cell growth and the overall improvement of healthy skin. Great dietary sources of vitamin A include leafy greens, carrots, rockmelon and papaya.
3 // OLIVE OIL & OTHER HEALTHY FATS FOR THAT DEWY GLOW
We need a source of good fats in our diet to help us absorb nutrients from our vegetables and fruits and keep our skin glowing.
4 // ANTIOXIDANT-RICH MATCHA GREEN TEA TO COMBAT AGEING
These antioxidants control the effects of free radicals and UV radiation, so the skin is protected from exposure to the sun, wind and other environmental pollutants.
5 // CHOCOLATE, BERRIES & RED WINE FOR RESVERATROL
According to Current Aging Science, resveratrol assists with preventing free radicals from damaging cells and possesses strong anti-inflammatory effects.
6 // TURMERIC & GINGER TO FIGHT INFLAMMATION
Turmeric and curcumin have shown potential in preventing DNA damage and assists in DNA repair. That’s good news for preventing disease and slowing down the ageing process.
7 // PURE WATER FOR HYDRATION AND THAT OUTWARD GLOW
If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.
8 // EAT LYCOPENE-RICH FOODS
These help to reduce the inflammation caused by sun-exposure and may prevent wrinkling.