Foods that promote anti-aging
Eating a well-balanced diet should be a part of your beauty regime. If you’re eating well, not only will it make you feel good, but it’ll help your skin look healthier too. Certain foods can even help to repair damaged skin and restore its youthful glow. Here are seven foods with anti-aging skincare properties that you should eat regularly for younger, beautiful looking skin.
These are loaded with vitamin C, which helps promote the production of collagen and keeps your skin looking smooth, firm and plump. Vitamin C also helps to protect your skin against the harmful effects of sun damage like wrinkles, lines and sagging. Pomegranate seeds also contain ellagic acid, which helps diminish the damage done by free radicals that are a result of sun damage and everyday life, and punicalagin, which helps make collagen.
Consumption: Try having a cup of pomegranates per week. However, avoid pomegranate juice as it does not contain the same level of vitamins and minerals as the fruit.
Also try: Tomatoes, oranges and pink grapefruit.
Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fats which help to strengthen the walls of skin cells and allow them to retain more moisture. They’ve also been known to help with inflammatory problems, like eczema.
Consumption: Avoid eating more than 450 grams each week to prevent incurring elevated mercury levels.
Also try: Eggs, walnuts and chia seeds.
These leafy greens are high in phytonutrients that help protect your skin against sun damage. Additionally, spinach is full of lutein and beta-carotene (vitamin A), which have been proven to help boost skin elasticity.
Consumption: Experts recommend about three cups each week.
Also try: Kale and beetroot.
Green tea is packed with catechins and polyphenols. Catechins protect your skin against the primary cause of wrinkles: sun damage, which causes problems such as hyperpigmentation, brown marks and discolouration on the skin. On the other hand, as an antioxidant, polyphenols help to fight the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays.
Consumption: Drink one cup a day for a minimum of four weeks.
Also try: Cocoa and red wine.
While it’s true that avocados are full of fat, it’s actually the good kind – monounsaturated fat, which helps skin to retain moisture. This in turn can help skin cells to absorb vital vitamins and nutrients more readily.
Consumption: Try and eat 1 – 2 avocados each week.
Also try: Olive oil, walnuts, macadamia nut oil.
Garlic is an antioxidant, which helps to fight off bacteria and decrease the damaging effects of sun damage. It also functions as an anti-inflammatory, helping to calm irritated skin and even chronic conditions, such as psoriasis.
Consumption: The average person can safely consume up to four cloves of garlic each day. More than that and you may experience some gastrointestinal issues.
Also try: Chives, leeks and shallots.
However, no matter how good your intentions, sometimes life can get in the way and as a result, you’re not always able to take in these healthy foods. That is why it is always advisable to take daily supplements, to help you build your beauty from the inside out.
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