Clients often ask me for everyday tips on how to look younger, and I tell them that one of the most effective long-term anti-aging strategies lies in something you do multiple times each day – Eat.
While you can’t technically eat your way to healthy, younger looking skin, a steady diet rich in anti-aging foods can contribute to a more youthful appearance. Here are 5 foods helping you win the fight against lines and wrinkles.
Citrus for Sun Damage
As much as we love to soak up its rays, the sun is responsible for about 80% of visible signs of aging, not to mention it’s also a leading cause of skin cancer. The UV radiation found in sunlight causes DNA damage to our skin cells and limits our skin’s ability to protect against damage. This results in premature signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles.
In addition to wearing sunscreen and avoiding prolonged sun exposure, making citrus rich foods like oranges, pomegranates, lemons and grapefruits a part of your diet can help defend against the wrinkling effects of the sun. This is because they are packed with antioxidants that protect your skin cells from UV damage and have also been found to help combat the process of losing skin elasticity. These fruits can also be applied topically to help improve complexion and even out skin tone, leading to a more vibrant, youthful look.
Blueberries for Stress
They say that stress makes us sick, but it also makes us age. Emotional stress can rob us of restorative sleep, contributing to under-eye dark circles and making it difficult for our skin to repair itself overnight. Stress also produces the hormone cortisol which contributes to collagen breakdown, leading to lines and wrinkles.
Thankfully, antioxidant packed blueberries can protect your skin against stress, and prevent cell-structure damage caused by the sun.
Omega Fatty Acids for Hydration
Lines and wrinkles thrive when the skin is dry and parched, which is why staying hydrated is essential for any anti-aging routine. Foods with omega fatty acids such as fish, nuts and olive oil help keep your skin cell walls plump and healthy to help prevent wrinkles. Many of these foods are also rich in amino acids which prevent the skin from weakening by rebuilding and repairing damage.
Avocados for Wrinkle Prevention
Known for their creamy texture and source of “good fats,” avocados have made their way into our hearts as a favourite breakfast food or go-to topping. In addition to filling us up with the right kind of fats, avocados are also packed with vitamin E which helps moisturise our skin, prevent against sun damage and eliminate wrinkle-causing free radicals. They also contain an antioxidant called glutathione which is known to flush out toxins and help repair wrinkles.
Sweet Potatoes and Carrots for Cell Turnover
You’ve heard that sweet potatoes are a healthier alternative to normal potatoes, but why? One of the reasons is because, like carrots, they’re packed with beta-carotene which helps your body produce vitamin A. Vitamin A helps increase cell turnover which is the rate at which your skin produces new cells. As we age, our cell turnover slows down meaning we aren’t able to rebuild and repair our skin as quickly as we used to. With the help of beta-carotene and a tailored skin-care regimen, we can speed up cell turnover and rejuvenate our appearance without surgical intervention.
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