If your bathroom cabinet is bursting with beauty lotions, potions and creams, then our Beauty PR Team shares 8 of their favourite foods to help you continue the battle against anti-aging with a few choice ingredients from your kitchen cupboard.
Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, goji berries (You get the berry theme here) are not only antioxidant-rich to help fight those free radicals that damage our skin, but they are high in vitamin C which is a vital molecule for skin health. We love Raw Beauty’s Vegan Collagen Supplement Drink for a ‘berry nice’ skin supplement packed with natural skin vitality boosting ingredients including camu camu berries, strawberries and raspberries to give your skin a spa day every day.
Green With Envy
Your mum was right: Eat your greens because they are good for you. Leafy greens are high in magnesium which helps reduce stress levels. Stress causes the body to create cortisol, the stress hormone, which can break down the skin’s collagen and elastin. Munching regularly on kale, spinach and leafy greens which are high in magnesium and iron is a win for mind, body and anti-aging skin.
Seeds Of Change
If you’re not sprinkling a few seeds into your meals, now is the time to make a change. Seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and chia are full of essential fatty acids which help nourish the skin. Other seeds such as hemp, squash, pumpkin and pine nuts are high in zinc which help heal and rejuvenate your skin.
Nuts are a great source of vitamin E which may help repair tissue damage, help retain moisture in the skin and protect skin against damaging UV rays. Almonds are high in vitamin E, and walnuts contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 helps strengthen skin cell membranes, protects against sun damage and help preserve your skin’s natural oil barrier.
Power Of Plants
Plant protein is a buzz term you will have heard. They tend to be lower in calories and fat than animal proteins and provide the building blocks to healthy muscles and tissues. Foods such as lentils, chickpeas and tofu contain a high amount of protein per serving – anti-aging for face and body from head to toe.
Yellow or orange foods are fantastic anti-aging additions to your food cupboard. Generally high in vitamin C, foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and apricots are high in beta carotene, which is excellent for skin health. They also increase vitamin A levels which support the skin’s immune system and help hydrate the skin. Turmeric is your super spice in the battle against aging, with some compelling evidence behind its benefits. It also has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may help with depression and arthritis. Turmeric also inhibits free radical production, protecting cells from damage and helps fight pimples and inflammation.
Antioxidants help boost circulation, which is vital for skin and cardiovascular health. Top of the list is blueberries, dark chocolate, pecans and strawberries to name just a handful of the delicious ways to battle anti-aging and help increase your chances of living longer.
Avocados are your smoothie and salad superfood. They fight inflammation to help promote smooth and supple skin with their fatty acids. Avocados also contain a range of essential nutrients including vitamins C, K, A & E, B vitamins and potassium. Their high levels of vitamin A assists in promoting a healthy dermis and epidermis (the two top layers of your skin). Potassium is a vital electrolyte for the functioning of all your cells. It helps control the amount of water you retain and hydrated skin looks and feels younger.
Make room in your kitchen for these anti-aging foods and eat your way towards beautiful skin.
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