When it comes to your skin, you’re probably well aware of the obvious triggers, such as the sun and smoking, which can accelerate the aging process and you’re probably conscious too of some of the top anti-aging foods for skin. But here’s the rub, do you put your knowledge into good daily skincare practice?
One of the most important ways to care for mature skin is to be as dedicated to your diet as you are to discovering the latest revolutionary skin care product. This post is a reminder to look inside first to lasting and desired change in your skin tone and condition.
How Food Affects Your Skin
Quite simply, we are referring to the food choices you make every single day. When you indulge in a sugary treat, such as a decadent jam-filled donut, your first thought is probably on how many calories you have just consumed, and when you can squeeze in a gym session to work it off. The last thing you’re probably focused on is how that sugar, if eaten on a regular basis, can affect your health by causing inflammation in your body, or how sugar can break down collagen, resulting in lines and wrinkles.
The state of your skin reflects the state of your internal environment. If you ditch the synthetic chemical overload along with over reliance on processed foods, and instead feed your body with nutrient rich whole foods, not only will you feel fantastic and improve your health, your skin will reflect this healthy state by glowing with inner radiance.
We’ve a round-up of some of our favorite foods, to not only leave you looking beautifully youthful, but that will also greatly improve your health too by fighting off free radicals that can contribute to disease. If you’re interested in a wider range of skin-friendly foods, head over to our post on the benefits of a Mediterranean skincare diet in caring for both your inner and outer wellness.
5 Top Anti-aging Foods to Nurture Mature Skin
This is one food you can believe all the hype over. Their rich blue pigment is the result of a group of potent antioxidants called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have incredible anti-inflammatory benefits, and may actually reverse DNA damage. Inflammation as a result of free radical scavengers is a leading cause of aging skin. Eating just half a cup of these delicious berries each day can dramatically improve the texture of your skin.
Most of us rely on a cup of Joe to help us get going every morning, but too much coffee can seriously affect your skin. High amounts of caffeine will not only cause the jitters, but its dehydrating effects will leave your skin looking dull and parched, making it more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles.
Green tea also contains caffeine, making it the perfect coffee substitute when you need a quick pick-me-up. However, it’s also jam-packed with such high levels of antioxidants, called polyphenols, that you won’t have to feel guilty about enjoying more than a cup. Polyphenols can help to protect against skin cancer, as well as fight off inflammation that contributes to aged and damaged skin.
While we highly recommend cutting back on greasy, fast foods, this is one oily food you can feel good about! Oily fish, such as salmon and sardines, are rich in healthy fats, namely Omega 3 fats, which are excellent for both your health and, therefore, your skin. Omega 3 fats reduce inflammation, keep your skin cells hydrated, and eaten 2-3 times a week, can help to ensure a healthy and glowing skin naturally.
While any raw, unsalted nuts are excellent non-animal sources of protein and fats, Brazil nuts make our list because along with Omega 3 fats and Vitamin E, they are one of the best sources of selenium. Selenium is your skin’s anti-aging best friend, and because this powerful antioxidant works alongside other antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, it helps protect against sun damage, skin cancer and hyperpigmentation.
2016 may have been the year of kale, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about other greens, such as spinach, which pack just as powerful a punch. Leafy greens from Swiss chard to collard greens, are packed with live enzymes, nutrients, vitamins and minerals to amp up your energy levels, while they get to work on your health and skin. Beta carotene helps to promote a healthy glow, and is responsible for helping to repair the skin from the inside out. Folate is essential for DNA repair, meaning that a cup or two of greens in a salad or a green smoothie, can really help to fight the signs of aging, and leave your skin bright and beautiful.
Keep in mind, that these are just a few of the excellent foods out there that can positively impact your skin. As long as you eat a rainbow of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, nut, seeds and oily fish, you are certainly on the right path to longevity and wonderful, healthy skin. Check out too some more top anti-aging foods and tips here.