But with so many delectable delights (we’re currently obsessed with these durian mooncakes) tempting us, keeping track of what we eat can be a chore.
Which is why we’ve approached nutrition coach and personal trainer Theresa Le Sliworsky for some expert tips on the types of fruits and food that are hailed for the best skin benefits.
But before diving straight into what we should consume, Theresa reminds us on the importance of drinking enough water. “Our bodies consist of about 60 to 70 per cent water and we depend on it for survival,” she says.
“That’s why the top factor in getting good skin is to keep ourselves hydrated. Just think of it this way: Do you notice that your skin becomes dry and tired after a long flight? That’s a sign of dehydration,” she adds.
So yes, drinking eight glasses of water a day is going to keep our bodies’ hydration levels at its best. And now on to the skin-loving fruits and food to add to our diet…
“They’re packed with nutrients that are great for keeping our skin taut and heart strong. They contain chock-full of vitamins B and C, as well as copper to help support collagen production,” recommends Theresa.
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“Full of vitamin C, raspberries are known to have high levels of antioxidants, protecting our bodies from free radical damages. Which is why they’re great for antiageing our skin,” says Theresa.
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“Kale has one of the highest level of antioxidants among vegetables and they’re a great source of vitamin C. Flavonoids, calcium, selenium and vitamin E — all of which are vital for our skin and body’s proper functioning — can also be found in kale,” Theresa suggests.
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“Aside from vitamins A, B6, C and folate, red bell peppers are also loaded with nine times more carotenoid (the natural occurring pigments on the vegetable) and have twice the amount of vitamin C than their green counterparts. These contribute to the well being of our heart and skin,” adds Theresa.
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“They contain antiageing nutrients like alpha and beta carotene and lutein to shield our skin against UV damages,” says Theresa.
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“Watermelons are made up of 92 per cent water so it’s great for keeping our bodies hydrated. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin C and they have antioxidants like beta-carotene and lycopene to minimise sun damages,” Theresa tells us.
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According to Theresa, “the enzyme papain found in papayas help to combat digestive disorders as well as inflammation. In addition, papayas are also loaded with calcium and potassium which regulate blood pressure and water balance, reducing bloating and puffiness.”
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“They’re rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and carotenoids. The best part? The entire vegetable can be used to prepare your meals,” says Theresa.
“This vegetable contains vitamins A and C, calcium and they’ve been found to have liver detoxifying properties, flushing toxins out of our bodies,” suggests Theresa.
“They’re a great source of antioxidants because of the high levels of flavonoids and carotene. The chlorophyll in them also boast alkalising and cleansing properties that are good for our body’s well functioning,” says Theresa.