Flaxseeds

These little miracle seeds work wonders for our skin; reducing the appearance of fine lines, plus improving skin inflammation. "The fats are believed to stifle your body's response to irritation and attract water to skin cells to plump up the skin and reduce wrinkles” says Dr Murad, founder of Murad skincare. To incorporate flaxseeds into your diet, try sprinkling them on your porridge in the morning or on top of salads.

Kumara

Not only are they tasty and a healthier alternative to potatoes, but kumara is also a winner for your skin.  Containing high levels of Vitamin C, which assist with collagen production, essential for plumper, fuller skin, kumara can help prevent sagging skin and the formation of fine lines.

Dark Chocolate (in moderation!)

Good news, this sweet treat has some great skin benefits! Dark chocolate contains cocoa flavnols and anti-oxidants which can help with skin hydration and improve circulation. In an international study, women who drank a high flavanol cocoa drink daily for 12 weeks noticed improved skin texture and dryness. So allow yourself a few squares of dark chocolate after dinner, but remember portion control to avoid excess sugar consumption.

Grass fed beef

Although most of our cows in NZ are grass fed, it’s a good one to look out for to ensure you’re receiving all the possible skin benefits the next time you have steak for dinner!  Grass fed beef contains a higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids which are beneficial in reducing inflammation, plus also contains high levels of protein, essential for building collagen and elastin for taut and supple skin. Try incorporating grass fed beef to your diet twice a week for these benefits.

Tomatoes

Spent too much time in the sun? Add some tomatoes to your next meal! High in the anti-oxidant lycopene, tomatoes help fight free radicals for increased sun protection and reduced skin redness, so ideal if you sunburn easily or suffer from rosacea. The antioxidant is most easily absorbed when the tomatoes have been cooked, which releases it from the plant cells, so try making tomato pasta sauces from scratch, or adding some fried tomato to your bacon and eggs.