Body

How to bring back the beauty post-Christmas binge

Skin and nutrition expert Fiona Tuck tells us how we can shine from the inside out – even after over-indulging.

Hopscotching between family Christmas parties, sipping and snacking at every bulging buffet along the way, it's fair to say that the silly season is as social as it is decadent.

But while it would be rude not to reach for that third serving of Mum’s bacon-loaded potato salad, the downside of treating yourself to plate after plate of festive fare is that it can wreak havoc on your body.

These [coconut and mango ice blocks](http://www.foodtolove.co.nz/recipes/coconut-and-mango-ice-blocks-with-biscuit-sand-20930|rel=”nofollow”) are sweet for your tastebuds *and* your skin.
These coconut and mango ice blocks are sweet for your tastebuds and your skin.

Oysters, eggs and Brazil nuts
The mineral zinc, found in oysters, eggs and Brazil nuts, is an important component of healthy skin, open pores and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. In fact, acne itself may be a symptom of zinc deficiency.

Zinc acts by controlling the production of oil in the skin, and may also help control some of the hormones that create acne.

It is also required for proper immune system function, tissue repair, as well as for the maintenance of vision, taste and smell.

Super tasty and loaded with zinc, this [poached egg and avocado bruschetta](http://www.foodtolove.co.nz/recipes/poached-egg-and-avocado-bruschetta-33437|rel=”nofollow”) will help your skin to radiate after weeks of binging in chocolate and cocktails.
Super tasty and loaded with zinc, this poached egg and avocado bruschetta will help your skin to radiate after weeks of binging in chocolate and cocktails.

Green beans, celery and asparagus
These green veggies are packed with silica, a trace mineral that strengthens the body’s connective tissue; muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage, and bone, and that is also vital for healthy skin.

It helps you have strong healthy nails and bones – it’s very important for you to feel healthy from the inside, out.

When food is as delicious as it is good for you, just like this [salmon and asparagus quiche](http://www.foodtolove.co.nz/recipes/salmon-and-asparagus-quiche-29235|rel=”nofollow”), how can you refuse?
When food is as delicious as it is good for you, just like this salmon and asparagus quiche, how can you refuse?

Chia seeds and flax seeds
If you have dry, inflamed or devitalised skin or you suffers from the frequent appearance of whiteheads or blackheads, you can benefit from omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in chia and flax seeds.

EFAs are responsible for skin repair, moisture content, and overall flexibility of our cells but because the body cannot produce its own EFAs, they must be obtained through the diet.

If you are thinking of changing your diet, consult your GP or dietitian first.

These [strawberry and honey chia seed jelly pots](http://www.foodtolove.co.nz/recipes/paleo-strawberry-and-honey-chia-seed-jelly-pots-15143|rel=”nofollow”) pack a seriously healthy punch.
These strawberry and honey chia seed jelly pots pack a seriously healthy punch.