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According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), 128,000 facelifts were performed on patients in 2014. While this was a slight decrease on the previous year’s figures, this figure is still incredibly high, as are those for eyelid surgery (207,000) and nose reshaping (286,000).

As our face is the first thing people notice about us, most people put theirs under close scrutiny on a regular basis: while some of us may simply dislike the number of wrinkles on our forehead or the slight puffiness of our eyelids, others will become fixated on their self-perceived flaws, sometimes going to drastic lengths to correct them.

Beyond structure, problems with the skin itself are often a cause for concern; while some issues can only be solved with invasive procedures, ingesting or applying certain nutrients can make a huge difference.

The saying “you are what you eat” is so cliched now many of us barely pay it any attention, but it really is true: consuming or applying powerful nutrients can make a noticeable improvement to our skin – particularly on the face.

When people adopt a healthier diet, the primary motivation is to lose weight, yet a satisfying side-effect they may not expect is a clearer, healthier complexion. Junk food, processed snacks, and other ‘bad’ things can all make a major negative impact on our skin – replacing them with healthier options, and specific creams & lotions, can give your face a new radiance!

Food, Glorious Food: Treat your Body to a Healthier Diet

Eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables, rich in antioxidants, is fantastic for your entire body – and for your skin. Vitamins A, E, and C can all combat the harm caused by free radicals (unstable molecules which can damage the skin cells and encourage signs of aging), as can beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant).

Strawberries, blueberries, kale, spinach, peppers, and even grapefruit can all give your body, and your skin, a healthy dose of these feel-good, look-good nutrients. The more color you add to your diet, the better – typically, the beige foods many of us like to eat (potato chips, fries, breads) should be replaced (in large part, not completely!) by brighter, healthier options.