Foods That Will Help You Look Younger
Age-defying skin is as much about what you put into your body than what you put on it - here's our anti-ageing shopping list
As well as being a taste sensation, garlic can help to work against the skin’s natural ageing process. ‘It contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties and as increased inflammation is strongly linked to ageing, adding garlic to your diet can slow the inevitable,’ explains clinical nutritionist Kim Pearson.
Not wanting to blow their trumpet too much, but tomatoes are the best source of lycopene, an antioxidant known to benefit skin and bone health. It’s actually best absorbed by the body once the tomatoes have been cooked or processed in some way so choose tomato juice or tinned passata.
If you can’t take the heat… you won’t look your best. Red and green chilli peppers are full of vitamin C which helps to repair skin damage and acts as a moisturiser, even for psoriasis or eczema sufferers.
These green spheres should be for life, not just for Christmas, for the good of your skin. A single serving of Brussels will provide an entire day’s worth of vitamin C, which helps form collagen and elastin (hello, natural facelift) and protects from UV rays.
This protein powerhouse is practically bursting with isoflavones, which research has proven helps to reduce wrinkles, smooth skin and boost collagen production. Other soy foods such as soya milk and edamame can deliver the same anti-ageing benefits, so fill up!
Proof that size doesn’t always matter, these little berries have been ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the US Department of Agriculture, beating 39 other popular fruits and veggies. They’re dang tasty too, especially when you cook them like this.
The old wives tale claims that chomping carrots can help you see in the dark, but they’re not averse to making your skin glow either, which is down to the high carotene content. They’re also full of vitamin A which helps prevent breakouts and protects against sun damage.
Hannah advises: ‘Fresh tuna (the canned stuff doesn’t count, unfortunately) is an oily fish which not only provides lots of healthy fats to plump the skin but also contains anti-inflammatory compounds which can help conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.’
According to Hannah, ‘these fruits contain vitamin E which is one of the most powerful antioxidants to absorb free radicals, preventing cell damage and supporting healthy skin growth.’ If you’re not a fan of the taste, mash them up and let them do their work on the skin’s surface. Try a face mask recipe like this one.
A yoghurt face mask can do wonders for the complexion but if that all seems a bit too messy, mix some of the high-calcium food with granola for a filling breakfast or afternoon treat. One portion of low-fat yoghurt is packed with more calcium than the milk equivalent and boosts teeth and nails.
You know that slice of lemon in hot water that you’re supposed to drink every morning to boost metabolism? Well, the citrus fruit help your body detox and the cleaner your general body system is, the clearer your complexion will be.
If doesn’t matter how you like your eggs in the morning, just make sure they make an appearance in your diet regularly. They’re rich in vitamin A and B2, plus selenium, lutein and zeaxanthin which all help to protect the skin against UV damage*. *You still need to wear an SPF – the ol’ yolks aren’t that good.
Whether you battle with eating the fruit, seed by seed, or opt for juice concentrate, pomegranate is an anti-ageing winner. ‘The fruit is positively packed with vitamins, mineral and various antioxidants which absorb free radicals and prevent skin damage, while promoting skin regeneration,’ says Hannah.
Source: Glamour magazine
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