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A diet rich in skin-protective nutrients is the first step to youthful-looking skin. However, if your diet is lacking or you’re looking for extra support, try these supplements.

Collagen powder Choose hydrolyzed collagen with a low molecular weight, to help absorption across the gut. Try Allergy Research Arthred Collagen Powder ($39 for 240g; revital.co.uk)

Hyaluronic acid (ha) A good quality HA supplement may help support the body’s turnover of this nutrient, which is approximately 5g per day. Try Allergy Research SynovoDerma ($99 for 150; revital.co.uk).

A diet rich in skin-protective nutrients is the first step to youthful-looking skin.

A diet rich in skin-protective nutrients is the first step to youthful-looking skin.

Omega 3 Consider an omega-3 supplement or cod liver oil daily to boost your intake of omega-3s. Try Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil ($27 for 237ml; buywholefoodsonline.co.uk).

Antioxidant formulae Essential for protection against free-radical damage. Try a mixed formula and/or skin-protecting nutrients such as resveratrol, pine bark or astaxanthin. Try Pharma Nord Pycnogenol 40mg ($20.9 for 30; multivits.co.uk), Biotivia Transmax Resveratrol 500mg ($55 for 30; biotivia. co.uk) or Biocare Bio-Antioxidant 2000 ($22.9 for 30; biocare.co.uk).

Anti-Ageing Recipes

Black & Green Smoothie

·         Serves 1-2

·         250ml coconut water or water

·         4tbsp blueberries -preferably frozen

·         4tbsp strawberries -preferably frozen

·         4tbsp raspberries -preferably frozen

·         1 small banana Handful of kale leaves

·         30g / 1 scoop hydrolysed collagen powder

·         30g / 1 scoop hemp protein powder

Place all the ingredients in a processor and blend until smooth.

Black & Green Smoothie

Black & Green Smoothie

Berry Chia Breakfast Pudding

·         Serves 4

·         50g / 1¾ oz chia seeds

·         250ml / 8 fl oz unsweetened pomegranate juice

·         2tbsp tahini

·         12 pitted dates, chopped

·         Pinch of sea salt

·         Pinch of cinnamon

·         225g / 8oz raspberries

Berry Chia Breakfast Pudding

Berry Chia Breakfast Pudding

1.    Place the chia seeds in the juice and leave to soak for 20 minutes. The seeds should swell up and thicken the liquid.

2.    Place all the ingredients but only half of the raspberries into a blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Stir in the remaining raspberries.

3.    Spoon into bowls and serve immediately.

10 Better Than Botox Foods

1.    Avocados

Good for: Moisturizing

Rich in skin-conditioning vitamin E, carotenoids and vitamin C.

How to eat: Antioxidant absorption increases when fresh avocado is added to a mixed salad.

Rich in skin-conditioning vitamin E, carotenoids and vitamin C.

Rich in skin-conditioning vitamin E, carotenoids and vitamin C.

2.    Wild Alaskan salmon

Good for: A natural facelift

Its omega-3 fats repair the skin and reduce inflammation.

How to eat: Poach it, to preserve its essential fats. Aim for three weekly portions of oily fish.

3.    Green super foods

Good for: Purifying

Chlorella, Spirulina and wheatgrass are all rich in detoxifying chlorophyll, to keep skin radiant.

How to eat: Add a daily spoonful of powder to smoothies or juices.

4.    Green tea

Good for: Skin renewal

The catechins found in green tea help prevent breakdown of collagen and reactivate dying skin cells.

How to eat: Drink 4-6 cups a day.

The catechins found in green tea help prevent breakdown of collagen and reactivate dying skin cells

The catechins found in green tea help prevent breakdown of collagen and reactivate dying skin cells

5.    Berries

Good for: Skin defence

They’re potent antioxidants, protecting the skin from free-radical damage.

How to eat: Eat a handful a day.

6.    Brazil nuts

Good for: Skin repair

Their selenium aids production of the antioxidant glutathione, which repairs skin cell damage.

How to eat: Have a handful a day

7.    Kale

 Good for: Beating wrinkles

Kale is packed with iron, which boosts collagen and fends off wrinkles.

How to eat: Raw, or lightly steamed.

Kale is packed with iron, which boosts collagen and fends off wrinkles.

Kale is packed with iron, which boosts collagen and fends off wrinkles.

8.    Cantaloupe melon

Good for: Skin elasticity

A 175g serving contains your RDA of vits A and C, which stimulate collagen.

How to eat: In salads or smoothies.

9.    Tomato

Good for: Collagen support

Packed with lycopene and vitamin C - essential for skin protection and collagen.

How to eat: Raw, with olive oil.

10.  Yoghurt

Good for: Glowing skin

Dull looking skin can be due to imbalances in the digestive tract. Yoghurt contains beneficial bacteria that can remedy this.

How to eat: Have a bowlful daily.

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