Have you ever heard the expression, “Beauty comes out from within?” This means that what we eat really matters, not just in our physical emotions, but also in our appearances.
So while there is no lack of precious creams so potions that promote youth-looking skin, the solution is often just as far away as your kitchen – and much less costly.
Foods containing antioxidants, vitamins C, D, E, K and the B-complex, as well as choline and folic acid, are all effective in transforming the body at a cellular level, producing true radiant skin rather than the beauty façade.
Such nutritious and delicious foods even lower the risk of skin and other cancers and protect you against cardiovascular diseases.
Skin is the largest organ in the body, so it makes sense for it to respond to nourishing food as gratefully as any internal system.
If you’re trying to turn the hands of time off, or rock a dewy glow that hides the fact that you have to spend the whole day in an office, the way to go is to change your diet.
Below are great anti-aging foods you’ll love to consume.
Fat is a natural lubricant and we need it to promote all kinds of processes within our bodies. But the trick is that the right kind of fat has to be that.
Avocados contain a lot of the safe kind, which helps to keep the skin moisturized and flexible.
A research analyzing over 700 women’s diets found that consuming a lot of healthy fat, including that found in avocados, leads to healthier skin with great elasticity.
Avocados also contains compounds that say the skin can be safe from harmful sun rays.
You also get a good dose of vitamin E and vitamin C when you spread some of the green stuff on toast, or turn it into a vibrant salad.
Such nutrients make very good collagen-forming partners and protect the skin from the oxidative damage that makes you look weathered.
Improving your skin by diet doesn’t need to make you feel bad. You can get your cookies, and still look fantastic.
Several studies have shown that cocoa powder is rich in many particular antioxidants that lead to moisturized skin.
When you eat a bit of dark chocolate on a daily basis, you can find your skin is less rough and scaly – and can avoid sunburn for longer, to boot.
Another advantage of eating cocoa is that it increases blood flow and thereby provides the skin with some of those essential nutrients.
But sticking with dark chocolate, which contains at least 70 per cent cocoa, is safest.
Without too much added sugar this will give you the safe benefits. In reality too much sugar in the diet will break down the collagen and cause breakouts.
It turns out that you can savor a bottle of wine without remorse. Red wine contains resveratrol, a highly-touted compound that minimizes the aging effects in your body.
You can also note that some beauty items often contain resveratrol, intended to create a youthful look. Whether applied topically or eaten it works.
If you drink resveratrol in the form of wine (or grape juice; it does not require fermentation), free radical development is slowed down.
One of the key causes of skin damage and premature ageing is free radical disruption.
Now, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that alcohol overindulgence has a lot of drawbacks to it, like bad skin.
But if you go for a beer, red wine may be the best option for your teinting.
Tomatoes are delicious and so flexible that bored with them is difficult.
If it’s fresh, fried or made into a sauce, tomatoes can be the bright star of a soup, or other ingredients can be deftly assisted.
You get a decent amount of vitamin C while you eat tomatoes, which will help keep the skin from becoming scaly.
Perhaps even better, all the big carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene, are in tomatoes.
Such powerful antioxidants protect the skin against damage from the light. More exciting still is that they are better eaten with some sort of fat to completely absorb the carotenoids in your diet.
Make this your free pass to concurrently snack on a little avocado, cheese, olive oil or nuts.
There’s a lot in the news about how nuts in general, and especially walnuts, contain an optimal ratio of essential fatty acids.
Our bodies use these essential fatty acids as the building blocks of healthy cell membranes and we need to get our omega-3s and omega-6s out of food so we don’t produce them internally.
Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring are another great source of EFAs.
For your EFAs, we recommend walnuts as they also contain the skin-loving antioxidants vitamin E, vitamin C, and selenium, as well as 4–5 grams of protein per ounce.
Since walnuts are also high in fat, sticking to one ounce per serving is best, but that much is enough to net you 6 per cent of the zinc RDI.
Zinc is known for promoting skin regeneration and for combating bacteria and inflammation.
Beta carotene is a form of carotenoid antioxidant that can actually protect your skin from sun damage, and sweet potatoes are an particularly rich source of this.
You can not automatically miss using sunscreen if you are going to be out for a substantial period of time, but a diet high in beta carotene increases the amount of time you can spend without burning in the sun.
Sunburn is important to prevent, not just because it raises the skin cancer risk but also because it leads to cell death. That contributes to dry, wrinkled skin.
If you need another excuse for eating your sweet potatoes, beta carotene will give your skin a dry, bronze color without any exposure to the sun.
A emphasis on plant-based foods with a limited amount of lean meat, including fish, mixed in, is the secret to maintaining healthy skin through diet.
Fruits, vegetables and natural products contain the highest levels of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vital nutrients to protect your precious skin, particularly those on our list.
If you always drink plenty of water you can further improve the beneficial effects. Follow our advice to make your friends green with envy to achieve radiant skin!