Written by Sarah Iasiello, October 30, 2016
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Humans don’t come more flawless than Aussie model Shanina Shaik. So who better to turn to  for guidance on boosting our natural glow than this beach babe, who’s been the face – and incredible body! – of huge brands like Kookaï and Victoria’s Secret!

“To me, [beauty] means coming from within as well,” explains the 25-year-old. “When you’re working out and eating healthily, that’s [when beauty] shines through.” As they say, you are what you eat. And it turns out that radiant skin, eyes and hair may all come down to our intake of good fats, fruit, vegetables and the right amount of protein. Here we’ll look at what foods to focus on to target specific areas…


What’s best for the skin?
“Good nutrition is a fundamental building block of healthy skin,” says US dermatologist Leslie Baumann. You can reduce the signs of ageing and minimise redness with, er, red fruit like tomato or watermelon, which contain collagen-boosting lycopene. Leslie also recommends eating a handful of almonds a day to boost the skin’s precious vitamin E. More complexion heroes include soy products, fish, eggs, strawberries, walnuts, dark chocolate and extra virgin olive oil. Oh, and lots of water!

For bright eyes…
If you’re tired of walking around all day with those bloodshot, just-came-out-of-the-club eyes, down the H₂O! And reach for foods containing Vitamin B2 – so mushrooms, milk, broccoli, meat and almonds – and vitamin A, which can be found in mangoes, peaches, kale and spinach.

How about hair?
If you want lovely, thick, healthy locks, you’ll want to stock up on foods rich in zinc – which is important for hair growth and repair. These include oysters, nuts, seeds, peanut butter and cheese. Eating biotin-rich foods such as peanuts, salmon and eggs will help with overall scalp health, while vitamin C is essential for a luscious mane – so stock up on brussels sprouts, capsicum and oranges!

What not to eat
Of course, certain foods can exacerbate problems – and dermatologist Dr Elizabeth Tanzi points the finger squarely at the sweet stuff. “It can even cause the face to get puffy and swollen and dull,” reveals the Maryland medic. “There aren’t enough omega-3s or salmon in the world to offset a high-sugar diet.” It’s also a good idea to avoid alcohol – which is Shanina’s golden rule for runway prep! “I have to be in my lingerie, so I cut out alcohol and train extra hard before a show,” she says. “You feel so much better when you don’t drink.”

Read on for the model’s get-gorgeous menu and go-to workouts…

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