Skin Superfoods

Fill Up On These Wrinkle-Busting Skin-Smoothing Foods For Anti Ageing Benefits

Almonds – contain essential fatty acids, which help keep skin smooth and hydrated, so they’re perfect for warding off crêpey necks and flaky shins.

Apples – are great detoxifiers so give your skin a healthy glow. There’s nothing like the real thing but at times supplements have a role to play in boosting nutrition.

Avocados – bursting with antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fats, which keep the skin soft and help smooth out wrinkles.

Berries – blueberries in particular have more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. They are rich in collagen-stimulating vitamin C so they help to preserve younger looking skin and can reduce skin sagging. Raspberry seed oil contains a natural sun protection factor. Strawberries are rich in salicylic acid, an ingredient found in many commercial acne creams and are a good treatment for acne-prone skin. Strawberries help to tone the skin. Not to mention they all taste great too!

Brazil Nuts – high in selenium, a derivative of Vitamin C, essential for skin cells to develop and reproduce properly. Tests have proven that people with diets rich in selenium suffer less skin damage from significant sun exposure.

Broccoli – scientists believe it can help to repair sun damaged skin and is a great source of vitamin A which can help keep your eyes moist and sparkling.

Carrots – carrots are regarded as the ‘herbal healer’ of skin diseases as they promote the repair of skin tissue. Carrot juice is a valuable source of Vitamin A, which is a major vitamin for skin health. Carrots are rich in antioxidants, including phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, which protect, nourish and moisturize the skin. Nutrition received from carrots helps to reduce photosensitivity to promote skin renewal and protect the skin from sun damage.

Carrot juice acts as an anti-inflammatory and revitalizes and tones the skin. Cosmetically, carrots are used to treat dermatitis, eczema, rashes and wrinkles caused by free radicals. Carrot juice is also used to assist in the healing of cuts and abrasions.

Cayenne Pepper – the herb cayenne stimulates blood flow to the skin allowing nutrients and oxygen to reach skin cells which can help to ease dry flaky skin and psoriasis.

Coriander – a generous sprinkling of fresh coriander helps to make up for the lack of green leafy stuff in our diets. It contains good levels of beta-carotene and vitamin C, two of the antioxidants thought to protect against age-related disease, and measures up pretty well against other antioxidant-rich fruit and veg.

Cucumber – diuretic foods like cucumber can help to tighten skin when consumed and also applied to the skin directly. And the old saying is true that slices of cucumber can relieve tired puffy eyes.

Onions – the sulphur in onions is a powerful detoxifier, which helps cleanse your liver, gets rid of toxins and leaves your skin clear and fresh-looking.

Oranges – the anti-oxidants in oranges help protect the skin from free radical damage known to cause signs of aging. Leave in the albedo (the white matter under the peel) as much as possible as the albedo contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.

Green tea – rich in flavonoids and has anti-inflammatory properties, it can help protect the skin against ageing as well as reduce skin damage caused by the sun. Good for oily or acne-prone skin.

Leafy Green Veg – you might not like them but your Mum told you to eat them for a reason! Beautiful, healthy skin is supported by eating different types of leafy green vegetables. Vitamin A minimizes the production of sebum, helping to control acne. This nutrient also strengthens the skin’s protective tissue and helps to flush out toxins. Vitamin E helps protect skin cells from free radical damage.

Mackerel – another food rich in selenium, vitamin B12 and also omega-3 essential fatty acids which our bodies are unable to manufacture. Eating oily fish can help calm inflammation, and keep your skin moisturised. Especially great if you suffer from dry flaky skin or eczema.

Salmon – contains an antioxidant that stimulates nerve function and encourages the muscles under the skin to tighten – less painful than a facelift!

Sweet potatoes – packed with hylauronic acid and vitamin C which is important for collagen, they are great for keeping your skin elastic and lubricated.

Tomatoes – they contain all the important antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Tomato juice is an important source of beta carotene which can slow down the ageing process. Cherry tomatoes may have better effects than other varieties. Don’t just stick to the fresh variety, the method of processing tomatoes actually bring out the goodness in them.

Water – water is essential for healthy skin and for the body to rid itself of impurities and most of us do not drink nearly enough!

Watermelon – as its name suggests, watermelon is nearly all water. But it’s also a good source of the red plant pigment lycopene, associated with a reduced incidence of heart disease and prostate cancer, and protection of the skin against damage from UV light.

Eating lots of these foods will do wonders for your health in addition to the benefits to your skin. However, eating these foods alone isn’t going to make you look 10 years younger overnight! A good diet, exercise and SPF are essential, and everyone must be aware that cigarettes and alcohol might be very rock n roll but do nothing for your looks except age your skin prematurely.

Some people suggest mashing up these foods and putting them on your face, think I’ll stick to eating them!

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