We all want to stop the signs of aging skin. So to get on track, we’ve compiled a list of the top foods that will help you get beautiful, and more youthful skin.
Smooth, radiant skin is something everyone wants. While creams and serums can play a part in helping with your skin’s health and appearance, there’s no better way to get glowing skin than with the foods you eat.
Take a look at your diet. Does it include any of these foods? Do you feel that you’re looking a little drab? Try to incorporate a few of these top foods—which we’ve researched from many nutritionists— into your daily meals to get glowing and watch the compliments roll in!
Top Foods for Youthful Skin
Known as a super beauty food, Spinach is rich in Beta Carotene, which makes the anti-aging vitamin A. This is an important vitamin that allows for moisture retention in the skin, which in turn helps to prevent wrinkles
Oats have long been applied topically to soothe irritated skin. They have a natural plant chemical that helps prevent damage to skin cells. It’s also very high in soluble fibre, iron, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, Vitamins B and E, and silicon, critical for maintaining collagen levels.
Citrus fruit: Lemons and Oranges
Aside from helping the liver cleanse toxins from the body, Lemons also have a great effect on skin. Lemons have antioxidants and help even out skin tone and help to get rid of blemishes. Oranges are loaded with water and vitamin C, so they hydrate your skin and your cell. Vitamin C is beneficial because it helps make collagen, which is important to keep skin supple.
Avocados are filled with healthy monounsaturated fat, which helps skin stay hydrated and help prevent premature aging. In fact, in South American cultures and in the ancient Mayan culture, avocados were known for their anti-aging effects on skin and joints. They are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K and the antioxidant minerals copper and iron. They also help build protein in the body.
In all its forms, oil, meat and water, consuming Coconut (commonly called “the tree of life” in the east. The water is said to be one of the best hydrators, which in turn keeps wrinkles and dark circles at bay. The oil helps fight bacteria, yeast and fungus and can help with skin conditions like Psoriasis and acne.
Red Bell Peppers
Red peppers are super high in Vitamin C, which helps repair and regenerate collagen. Collagen is important in maintaining the skin’s structure. They are also high in mineral silicon, which helps keep connective tissue together.
Pears are believed to be a great cleanser for the colon. When eaten, with their skins, they also clean out the digestive tract, which gets rid of anti-aging toxins and wastes before they have to time to age the skin. They are also high in minerals (magnesium, selenium, calcium, zinc and folate), which neutralize aging free radicals in the body.
Not known as the most favourite amongst vegetables, Cabbage is surprisingly a power food. It contains vitamins A, C and E and more vitamin C than an orange. All of these nutrients help heal damaged tissue and therefore help smooth and erase deep wrinkles.
If your skin looks dull, eating sweet potatoes will help it regain its glow. With a combo of vitamin A and C, this brightly orange veg is a skin-brightening powerhouse.
This fish is one of the best ways to get healthy omega-3 fats in your diet. Recent studies have suggested that omega-3s, especially from fish, may keep skin cancer cells from growing and spreading. Wild salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple and moisturized. It also has selenium that helps the skin from damaging UV rays.
There’s a reason why this hydrating, vitamin C-packed veg has been used on eyes since the dawn of time. Cucumbers are high in electrolytes, B vitamins, silica, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. All of the vitamins and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the cucumber help to soothe skin and brighten skin.
—by Toni-Marie Ippolito