Updated: Feb 8
Hands up who has already had an amazing start to 2021 with their healthy eating habits! Anyone? Ok, so we may have gotten a little bit ahead of ourselves with the whole "New Year, New Me" concept, and even more so this year...
We've also found that last week required more energy than usual, what with us heading back into the salon after our Christmas break, following a nerve-wracking three days in lockdown, whilst wondering if it would continue on thereafter. Thankfully, we got the green light to come out of lockdown, and during those uncertain few days, we knew it was best to look after both our bodies and our minds.
Here, we detail what our favorite foods for nourishing our bodies and minds are, which provide the added bonus of healthy, beautiful skin, and invite you to give some of these options a try... we think you'll be delighted to notice how much better you'll feel.
Berries, berries, berries. We love them all!🍓acai berries 🍓strawberries 🍓blueberries 🍓raspberries 🍓Kakadu plum 🍓goji berries 🍓cranberries... They're all so bloody delicious and so good for your health and skin.
Beauty Therapist Morgan's favorite are acai berries, which she makes in a delicious smoothie with mango, strawberries, blueberries, coconut water and her favorite superfood powder Mayella Acia Berry Beautiful. What makes Acai so ‘super’ is the amount of nutrients they’re packed with, including vitamins A, B1, B2, E and K, minerals, potassium, iron, phosphorous and calcium, as well as19 different amino acids that work together to boost energy levels and muscle performance. Acai are overflowing with benefits for the skin, as they’re naturally high in essential fatty acids like Omega 6 and 9 which help to nurture the skin and create a healthy glow.
All of us ladies here in Self Love Lounge are aware of the importance of avoiding fruits and veggies which are highly sprayed with pesticides. In the following instances, we buy organic as often as possible, and, as with all our fresh produce, we give it a good wash before consuming. So the next time you're shopping, it may be helpful to bring this list along with you to know when to buy organic:
Potatoes (incl. sweet potatoes) 🥔
Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring, are also excellent foods for healthy skin. They’re rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for maintaining skin health. Beauty Therapist Lauren absolutely loves steamed salmon on a bed of mashed potato and gorgeous greens, such as green beans, broccoli, asparagus, or a healthy side salad.
Avocados are high in healthy fats and a daily staple for our Beauty Therapist Samara. She knows that they benefit many functions in your body, including the health of your skin, and contain a great range of nutrients for supporting skin health and reducing inflammation, including antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins E and vitamin C, which are essential for collagen production. The following snack is one of Samara's favorites, and consists of chopped tomatoes, cucumber, feta, pomegranate seeds (which are packed with antioxidants and also great for healthy skin), cilantro and a good sprinkling of pepper. Yum!
Walnuts contain many nutrients, which make them a great choice if you're looking for a beautiful, clear complexion, with one main being omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Interestingly, they're richer in these particular fatty acids than most other nuts and studies have found that a deficiency in omega-3 has been associated with dry, flaky skin. Walnuts are great on their own as a snack, or on top of Greek yogurt in the morning, with a dash of honey.
Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C and contain all of the major carotenoids, including lycopene, which give tomatoes their gorgeous red color, and are essential for maintaining healthy skin. Beta carotene, lutein, and lycopene have been shown to protect your skin against damage from the sun and may also help prevent wrinkles. Bonus! One of Morgan's quick and easy dinners, which she loves to make mid-week, is a ricotta and spinach cannelloni with tomato sugo. So tasty!
Sweet potato chips are a favorite for all of the ladies at Self Love Lounge! They're so delicious and packed full of nutrients for that glowing complexion, including vitamin E and vitamin C, which can boost collagen and keep your skin healthy and glowing. The luscious vibrant orange color of sweet potato is down to beta carotene, which we know is good for our eyesight, and it's also a precursor to retinol, which is that all important ingredient in your beauty creams, and is responsible for helping to protect against premature ageing of the skin.
Chocolate is great to have on this list, and dark chocolate is the only way to go! The ladies love to have this as a treat, and know that the benefits for healthy skin are an added bonus. Cocoa powder is high in those all-important antioxidants, and flavanols can help protect the skin against sun damage, improve blood flow to the skin, therefore creating a beautiful complexion, which is firm and supple. Remember to choose chocolate that's at least 70% cocoa.
So there you have it, our superfood list of delicious foods that we can't live without for glowing, healthy skin. Of course, we combine our healthy eating for great skin with a regular beauty regime in the morning and evening. To help you on your healthy skin journey, we’d like to personally invite you into our salon for a complimentary 20 minute skin consultation, which includes;
A thorough skin cleanse to remove makeup, residue & oils on the surface of the skin
Toner spritz & tinted moisturiser to protect and finish
A detailed skin analysis
A recommended treatment & at-home care plan tailored to your skin type and goals.
You’ll walk away with a clear knowledge about your skin type, and a clearer understanding of what skin treatments are right for you which work within your schedule and budget. Simply click here to book your complimentary consultation. And, as always, we're looking forward to seeing you in the salon soon ♥