Eat Your Way To a Younger-Looking Complexion
Fri, 18 January 2013 10:04AM
With all this talk of superfoods and activated almonds, it’s hard to not get caught up the excitement. Personally, I love a superfood (or ten), often skipping between nibbling on seaweed or raw cacao or goji berries to give my body the goodness it deserves.
But it’s not all about the body, Primpers. The promise of a perfectly illuminated complexion that’s free from wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation is enough to make any woman (or man) tune in. Right? Too right! Well, now you’re listening, here’s a fact about our friend, the superfood: it’s also great for your skin. So believe the hype and start snacking on these five foods for younger-looking skin.
1. The Anti-Inflammatory: Turmeric
Who hasn’t suffered a little skin inflammation in their life? Often manifesting in the form of acne, eczema or redness, inflammation is a common skin ailment among women of all ages. Sound familiar? Try incorporating turmeric into your diet to help ease the redness, reduce swelling and even increase skin elasticity. Oh, and just in case this spice didn’t do enough already, it can also help reduce pigmentation when applied topically to the skin with a little lemon and cucumber. Try it! Thandie Newton (above), for one, does – she not only adds a couple of spoonfuls to her water every day, but sprinkles some into her foundation to make her skin look extra glowy.
2. The Hydrator: Avocado
As you age, your skin becomes more prone to dehydration. Once dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles are more prominent as the skin isn’t as lovely and plump as it once was. Cue in: avocado, the ideal product to help bring some healthy oils back into your complexion and nourish your skin from the inside out. Avo oil also helps slow the loss of collagen – a crucial ingredient in youthful skin. This fun little fruit also contains copious amounts of sterolins, a protein proven to reduce the appearance of age spots, scars and sun damage. Bottom line? Include between 1 and 3 avocados a week in your diet for amazing skin benefits.
3. The Free Radical Fighter: Berries
We don’t discriminate around here. All berries – black, blue, straw, rasp, goji – are all anti-ageing winners when it comes to eating your way to younger-looking skin. You can thank their high levels of antioxidants (also found in dark chocolate) that help neutralise free radicals and slow the ageing process right down. Berries also have another trick up their sleeve, they are amazing at protecting your skin from the sun. Yep, blackberries and raspberries in particular contain a type of ellagic acid that helps protect against sun burn and sun damage. That said, don’t skip your sunscreen by any means, but if you are a sun worshipper, I suggest taking a punnet or two down to the water with you next time. Happy snacking!
4. The Acne Buster: Oily Fish
Oily, acne prone skin types often steer clear of oils of all sorts. It’s understandable – who wants to attract more of what you’ve got in abundance? But it is right? Well, no. Oily skin types benefit greatly from certain oils both topically (in the form of a cleansing oil or balancing oil) and edible. Oily, cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines offer your skin high levels of omega-3s, which help reduce inflammation in the skin, ergo, reducing acne significantly. So, if you suffer from acne switch your fried foods for healthy oils and watch the transformation take place one sashimi piece at a time.
5. The Regenerator: Violets
I know, I know. The prospect of eating flowers is a foreign one to me, too. BUT, did you know that the violet flower contains the highest levels of vitamin C of any plant? Crazy. Snacking on violets (just add them to your salads for a pretty pop of colour) will not only boost your immune system but also help your skin cells regenerate. A great thing when you’re concerned about ageing. In addition to the high levels of vitamin C, violets also contain chlorophyl, which has a list of benefits so long, I can’t count them all out here. Just think: alkaliser, infection-fighter, detoxifier, rejuvenator of cells… again, all things you definitely want when you strive for perfectly glowing, healthy, youthful skin.
Tell me, Primpers…
Do you eat any of these five foods?
What else do you eat for its anti-ageing benefits?