Beauty brands constantly market new products with a series of enticing buzzwords and bold promises. But almost everything we covet – luscious, healthy hair and clear, glowing skin – can be achieved naturally through a balanced diet. They’re not just the result of £45 wonder serums.
The only problem is, the Internet is overflowing with information, and everyone appears to be a self-proclaimed “health expert” these days, so it can be hard to filter through the advice and know who to trust. With this in mind, I spoke to Nutritional Therapist, Gabriela Peacock, and she was kind enough to share her natural beauty tricks with Coco’s Tea Party.
These are all simple changes you can make to your diet. And, if you stick with them over a period of time, you’ll start to reap all the beauty benefits…
WHAT TO EAT IF YOU WANT… CLEAR SKIN
“Omega-3 fats from oily fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel are important for healthy skin and hair. The omega-3 fats form part of the cell membrane that helps to hold the skin cell together. And a healthy cell membrane translates into a healthy skin cell.”
WHAT TO EAT IF YOU WANT… LUSCIOUS HAIR
“Berries are packed full of the potent water-soluble antioxidant Vitamin C, which is a critical nutrient for hair growth and skin health. It supports the circulation within blood vessels that directly feed hair follicles.”
“And, while the whites of eggs contain all the essential amino acids necessary for building healthy hair follicles, the yolks are a valuable source of biotin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin A and selenium. All of which encourage hair growth and prevent unwanted hair loss.”
WHAT TO EAT IF YOU WANT… A FLAT TUMMY
“Magnesium is a vital mineral for weight control. By lowering and stabilising blood sugar levels, magnesium has been shown to improve sleep, balance moods and reduce powerful cravings. It can be found in dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, avocado and yoghurt.”
WHAT TO EAT IF YOU WANT… GLOWING SKIN
“For a golden glow – and to keep wrinkles at bay – Vitamin A is the ticket. You’ll get plenty of it in both orange and dark green vegetables like carrots, spinach, broccoli, and kale. You can also find Vitamin A in my GP Nutrition Enhance Me supplement programme. It provides the cells in our skin with the nutrients needed to regenerate themselves.”
WHAT TO EAT IF YOU WANT… STRONGER NAILS
“Vitamin D aids the absorption of calcium and is essential for bone, teeth, muscle and the immune system, helping to keep nails strong and skin healthy. Get your fix from sunshine – aim for 20 minutes each day, with your face and arms exposed. Additionally, zinc can help keep nails from breaking, and lentils are a wonderful dietary source of the mineral.”
Model-turned-Nutritional Therapist, Gabriela Peacock, is the founder of GP Nutrition – a targeted supplement programme “composed of naturally ‘free-from’ ingredients”. She is available for one-to-one nutritional consultations at Grace Belgravia in London.
Will you be making any changes to your diet based on Gabriela’s natural beauty tricks?