10 Unexpected Foods That Are Great For Your Skin

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If you were to add up the price of every item of skincare you’ve ever bought, the figure would probably terrify you.

Even though we know deep down that they rarely make a difference, many of us can be a little guilty of splurging on the latest must-have beauty item just to see if it really lives up to the hype.

More often than not, the answer is disappointing and the €90 face cream does as much as the €5 one.

The truth is, there are only three real secrets to getting great skin – expensive plastic surgery, genes and a good diet. And, as a good diet is probably the most realistic way to make an impact, we’re taking a look at some of the top unexpected skin foods you can add to your weekly grocery shop to get that coveted glowing complexion.

  1. Chocolate

Is there anything chocolate can’t fix? It’s the ultimate comfort food, it tastes great and it has benefits for your skin too. If you chow down on chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao, the flavanols (a range of natural compounds found in plants) can help against sun damage and reduce puffiness.


  1. Yoghurt

Yoghurt is a great diet staple. It’s an excellent probiotic for your gut health and when you eat a high protein type, like Greek yoghurt, it can help firm your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

  1. Eggs

Eggs are low in fat, high in protein and the yolks are rich in Vitamin A which is excellent for the skin. Eggs also contain selenium which protects against cell damage.

  1. Pomegranates

Perhaps not the most typical food to add to your shopping list, but pomegranates are great for your complexion, thanks to the polyphenol antioxidants within it, that give it a nice rosy appearance.


  1. Walnuts

Nuts are another great all-rounder. When it comes to your skin, walnuts come top of the list as they contain Omega-3 fatty acids that improve skin elasticity and they have minerals, like copper, which boost collagen production.

  1. Yellow peppers

Next time you’re in the vegetable aisle, head straight for the brightest yellow peppers you can find. They are a good source of dietary fibre and antioxidants. The carotenoids which are found in yellow and orange vegetables also decrease the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.


  1. Sardines

They’re one of those Marmite foods that some of us love and some of us hate but if you’re a fan of sardines, you’re in luck. They have more omega-3s than the likes of salmon, which helps fortify skin cell membranes, protect against sun damage and may also help fight against certain types of skin cancer.


  1. Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are packed with vitamin E which is your body’s main fat soluble antioxidant and great at fighting against acne, eczema and psoriasis.

  1. Kidney beans

Kidney beans have high levels of zinc which is great for your skin. Research has shown a link between low levels of zinc and blemishes, so packing those kidney beans into your chillies, stews or salads will help give you a radiant complexion.

  1. Soy

Whether it’s soy milk or vegetables like edamame, soy contains minerals and proteins that have shown to reduce hyperpigmentation.

Once you’ve added these items to your shopping list, don’t expect to make a yoghurt, sardine and red pepper salad and see results overnight. It takes around six weeks for new skin to emerge to the surface and see visible results.

What are your skin staples? Let us know on social by using the hashtag #MyIrishLife or by leaving a comment below.

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Author: Irish Life

Irish Life is one of Ireland’s leading financial services companies with over 1 million customers. For over 75 years, we’ve been helping people in Ireland look after their life insurance, pension and investment needs.

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