Its National Vegetarian Week (14-20 May) – whilst portion control is important to maintain a healthy weight a balanced diet is also beneficial for your skin.

Carbohydrates - are divided into simple ‘fast-acting’ carbohydrates and complex or ‘slow-release’ carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates release energy quickly, often leaving us with a post-sugar ‘crash’ or a feeling of tiredness. This indirectly affects the appearance and skin ageing through obesity. Complex carbs release energy more slowly and are therefore more beneficial for general health. Found in whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables which also contain vitamins and antioxidants, important for health and youthful looking skin and should form around 50% of your diet.

Protein – found in beans, peas, soy and lentils provide essential amino acids which build cells. Because skin, hair and nails are highly active it is important they are ‘fed’ sufficient protein. Proteins are also important in the formulation of collagen and elastin which are essential for youthful-looking skin.

Fats – supply energy and are important for healthy skin. These allow the skin to produce its own fats, or lipids, which are an effective barrier against water loss making the skin feel smooth and supply. Avoid the saturated fats and stock up on the ‘good’ fats including omega-3. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) – we cannot manufacture these in our body so vital in our diet. Found in foods such as vegetable oils, nuts and cereals. These provide a key part of the skin barrier and help to control the speed at which healthy cells are produced.

Beans, nuts, cereals and grains – high in protein, vitamins (especially B, which is necessary for the health formation of skin, hair and nails), minerals and fibre.