Most of the women I know and work with, would all agree that things go smoothly when they are happy with their appearance. When their hair has bounce and shine, and their eyes are sparkling, they tend to greet everyone with a delighted smile, and the day is better.

Whilst you and other women can get your hands on expensive make-up brands to help your cause, there is more than surface beauty at work here. You are at your most radiantly beautiful when you feel good. Looking good can help you feel good.

In today’s article, I want to share with you 8 beauty foods that are packed with the powerful nutrients and macronutrients which your body needs to keep your cells refreshed and in good repair.

If you can include these foods into your daily diet, you could save yourself a fortune on make-up.

1. Low Fat Yogurt

Low fat yogurt is a great source of calcium, which especially helpful if you want strong bones, beautiful nails, good posture, and a beautiful smile.

One cup of plain, low fat yogurt supplies about 450 milligrams of calcium, which supplies more than half of your daily calcium needs.

The beauty benefits are not limited to calcium. Eight ounces of yogurt has two grams of zinc, which is also beneficial for your skin.

2. Wild Salmon

Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. What’s even more exciting is that consuming it can enhance your beauty.

Salmon has one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, those beneficial fats enhance our health and appearance by fighting inflammation, keeping our cells supple, improving circulation, and helping your brain function.

3. Blueberries

Blueberries ranked as the top in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 fresh fruits and vegetables. Blueberries contain many plant compounds that combine to make this sweet fruit and an antioxidant superstar.

Blueberries also offer a good does of vitamin C and E. Which also have antioxidant properties, which help to fight ageing by ridding bodies of harmful chemicals.

4. Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit offers rich nutritional reward in a small delicious package. It has a unique sweet flavour something like a combination of strawberries, pineapples and bananas.

Kiwifruit has an abundant amount of vitamin C and other anti-ageing antioxidants. It also offers beauty benefits from stimulating collagen synthesis (vital for good skin) to maintaining healthy bones and teeth to protecting against wrinkles, and premature ageing.

5. Sweet Potatoes

The orange color of sweet potato gives their secret away. Sweet potatoes bring a boost of beauty-enhancing beta-carotene, a fat-soluble pigment found in many orange vegetables fruits.

It is a powerful antioxidant that protects our cells by destroying the free radicals that can damage cells (including skin cells) and cause age-related disorders.

The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which helps keep skin smooth, so incorporating sweet potatoes into your diet can help achieve wrinkle free skin.

6. Tomatoes

Tomatoes provide the greatest amount of the anti-ageing antioxidant lycopene, the bright red carotenoid pigment that gives tomatoes their distinctive color.

The lycopene in tomatoes is easily absorbed by the body after it is processed into juice, sauce, ketchup, or canned tomato puree. Tomato paste is a great staple to keep in your panty to add to soups or stews for an antioxidant boost.

7. Walnuts

Smooth skin tone, healthy hair, vibrant eyes and strong bones can all be attributed to the dominant nutrients found in walnuts.

Walnuts are the only type of nut that contains a significant amount of beauty enhancing omega-3 fatty acids, plus they provide vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps protect cells from free-radical damage.

8. Spinach

Spinach is a versatile, affordable and readily available leafy green vegetable that is loaded with beauty enhancing nutrients. It has an exceptional lutein content, which keeps our eyes healthy and bright.

Spinach also contains a significant amount of beta-carotene, as well as vitamin c, several B vitamins, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, dietary fiber, and even omega 3 fatty acids, making it a nutrient dense vegetable.