Eating a well balanced diet with lots of variety of fruit and vegetables is not only great for your overall health but can help to stop age spots, wrinkles and sagging skin dead in their tracks. Are you looking to drop a decade or two? Well we are going to discuss some foods that may help. The fountain of youth is but a meal away!
- Berries – Berries have been found to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit. Antioxidants are the key to keeping the skin free of environmental stresses which attribute to ageing. Berries are full of flavonoids which are great at protecting from free radicals and the natural ageing process. Strawberries are said to give you about 150% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Vitamin C is the most widely used vitamin in skincare products for anti ageing. Here comes the science bitJ Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen (an important structural protein of the skin).When you add vitamin C to the skins fibroblasts it considerably increases the production of collagen. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce the affects of sun damage caused by free radicals. Therefore vitamin C is imperative in skin care to reduce wrinkles and improve the skins texture.
- Avocados – These have a great source of Vitamin E that helps prevent the ageing process and assist in maintaining that healthy, glowing skin. Vitamin E is also a powerful antioxidant that assists in the daily fight against free radicals. Free radicals are caused as a result of certain environmental factors such as sun exposure, pollution or smoking. Free radicals are one of the main reasons for premature skin aging. Avocados contain mono-saturated fats, these fats help to reduce the bad cholesterol and toxin levels in the blood. Also a good tip for anti ageing is to use an avocado and some olive oil to make an anti-ageing face mask that is cheap and has great skincare results.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes get their pigmentation from lycopene which is a carotenoid which can help to maintain your skins smoothness. It has been found that consuming large amounts of lycopene can help protect your skin from sunburn (even if you are consuming large amounts of lycopene you should always wear a good sun factor that protects against UVA and UVB rays). Lycopene is another one of those antioxidants which helps fight against free radicals.
- Tuna – And other fish rich in omega-3, for example, sardines and salmon. Eating a diet rich in omega-3 can assist your skin to look youthful and prevent skin cancer. Eicosapentaenoic acid (one of the omega-3 fats in fatty fish) has been shown to protect collagen.
- Green Tea – contains tannic acid and catechins which both act as an antioxidant helping to maintain healthy, glowing skin.
- Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables – these are a good source of fiber and vitamins especially vitamin C. They may assist to combat cancer and toxins in the body. They help to produce collagen and elastin due to its vitamin C content.
- Watermelon – this is an excellent anti-ageing food, it contains many nutrients for example zinc, essential fats, selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B and Vitamin A, all of which have an important role to play in the anti-ageing process and keeping the skin smooth and healthy.
So there you have it, this is some food to get you started on beating the wrinkles and getting the smooth glowing skin you have always desired! If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to see Amanda about your skin or our dietitian about your diet and correct food intake, please contact us at ENT Wellbeing Sydney, Phone 1300 123 368.