How many times have we heard the phrase 'you are what you eat?' Too many, we can presume.

However, despite the cliché, there is truth in the statement.

Eating well can do wonders for our skin, leaving it healthy, glowing and youthful. Try these seven natural foods for a perfect complexion.

1. Avocados

Many people steer away from avocados because of the fat content present in them. However, we actually need fatty acids for our skin to stay plump and fresh.

Louise Thomas-Minns, skin therapist, explained that "essential fats are a must for healthy skin. They are vital to strengthen the cell membrane to keep nutrients in and toxins out."

2. Blueberries

As a superfood, blueberries are packed full of antioxidants. This adds a protective layer to your skin which helps delay the signs of ageing.

3. Salmon

Ms. Thomas-Minns also recommends oily fishes for their rich omega-3 content - which plumps and smoothes our skin.

Salmon is also packed with a little mineral called selenium which is known to smooth the skin and act as a potent antioxidant.

4. Dark chocolate

Hurrah! No, your eyes do not deceive you. Dark chocolate is good for your skin.

According to doctors, the cocoa present in dark chocolate hydrates your skin, making it firmer and suppler.

5. Yoghurt

Products high in dairy give you loads of protein - which in turn makes your skin firmer.

Having firmer skin means that you are less likely to be plagued with wrinkles, so grab that natural yoghurt now!

6. Whole grains

Whole grains are just an all round treat - aiding with digestion, weight control and even the skin. Is there nothing they can't do?

Owing to their high fibre content, whole grains help your body stay hydrated and flush out any toxins that could harm the skin.

7. Water

Yes, yes, okay - water is not technically a food, but when it comes to making your skin glow, there's nothing more effective than water.

It hydrates you better than anything else, as well as flushing out any nasty substances that could be harming your skin.

Posted by Freya Harper