Expensive creams and potions can help make you look younger, but what you put in your mouth is just as important when it comes to having healthy, radiant skin. Here are the foods to pile on your plate:
Vitamin C helps boost the body's collagen production, which controls the skin's firmness and elasticity. Load your plate with red and green peppers, pineapple or papaya.
Vitamin A found in fruit and vegetables, such as oranges and carrots, is also essential for healthy skin. Berries are another great source of anti-ageing antioxidants which prevent or slow the damage done to cells by free radicals.
Nuts contain vitamin E, which nourishes the skin and helps defend it from sun damage. Try snacking on a handful of almonds, as these contain the highest amount of vitamin E of any nut.
Cooked spinach, kale and other dark, leafy greens help keep skin hydrated from the inside, as well as being a good source of vitamin E. Blend some up into a smoothie or eat as a salad.
Omega-3 rich seafood like salmon and tuna and good for your skin, as well as your heart. Not keen on fish? Take fish oil or evening primrose oil capsules, which contain fatty acids that help the skin retain moisture and keep it soft and supple.
Chili peppers improve circulation and help the skin to release toxins. Add a few chopped chilies to your stir-fry for a skin-healthy boost.
Proteins like eggs, fish and lean steak are essential for skin elasticity. Eggs are especially good as they contain lutein, which helps skin stay firm. Start your day with an omelette and you can't go wrong.
Dark chocolate is a great choice when you want something sweet, as it contains antioxidants that help to keep your skin smooth.
Remember to drink plenty of water, too. Water keeps skin hydrated and helps cells take up nutrients and improve blood flow to give you a youthful glow.
Four products to help improve your skin:
Pure Gold Collagen 10 day programme food supplement, 10 x 50ml, £35.99
Boots skin, hair & nails, 30 capsules, £5.99
Imedeen Time Perfection 12 month supply, £319.96
Perfectil Plus Skin extra support, 56 capsules, £17.89