Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Its foundation is to protect the body from infection and bacteria. It also aids in regulating the body temperature and allows us to feel the sensation of cold, heat and touch.

Our skin is largely affected by environmental factors such as UV rays, cigarettes smoke, automobile exhaust and pesticides. Our lifestyle such as lack of sleep, bad or inadequate dietary choices and daily stressors also affect our skin. A combination of these free radicals can cause premature aging, wrinkles, dryness, sensitivity or over production of sebum which results in acne.

We can have radiant and youthful skin by improving our lifestyle and one way to do this is to adapt a vegetarian diet. Vegetarianism is the practice of choosing products of plant kingdom with or without the use of eggs and dairy products. Vegetarians eliminate the consumption of any animals. This includes chicken, fish and seafood.

As sited in Peta, vegetarians consume more fruits and vegetables which are low in pore clogging fats found in animal products. The fibre from fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grain products help the body eliminate toxins, which result in clear skin.

Our body needs powerful antioxidants and minerals to combat free radicals. These antioxidants and minerals are found in vegetarian meals that are rich in vitamin C and E. Vitamin C and E neutralise skin damaging free radicals and aide in fighting wrinkles and brown spots and promote youthful appearance and radiant skin. Nuts, legumes, seeds and oatmeal are great sources of vitamins and Zinc. Zinc is a mineral that assist with tissue growth, repair and inflammation. It also helps keep your skin healthy and can heal acne.

According to Healthliciousness, foods rich in Vitamin C are kidney beans, blackcurrants, blue berries, broccoli, kiwi fruit, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweets potatoes. Vitamin C is responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin.

Vitamin E rich foods include almonds, avocados, tofu, spinach, sunflower seeds, plant oils and hazel nuts.

Vegetarianism promotes the consumption of above foods which means that a vegetarian diet assists in having healthy, youthful and radiant skin. Combined with facials and body wraps at your local beauty therapist like those offered at North Brisbane based Beauty On Travorten will give you perfect skin.