Stop wasting money on expensive skin cream and start splurging on anti aging foods.
We all want to look younger. That’s why the anti aging cosmetics market is so huge. It’s no surprise that statistics states the market is set to reach a worth of £221.8 billion by 2020, when we’re all so obsessed with slowing down the aging process. But surely there must be a better way to keep your body youthful for longer, than a tub of cream (unless it’s the type you can eat!)?
Plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn says no matter how many cosmetics or high SPF sunscreens you slather on, it’s what you eat, that really turns back the clock.
If you’re constantly exposed to the hundreds of free radicals and pesticides ( link to organic food content) contained in non- organic, processed food, then it’s time to rethink your weekly shop and start eating real foods.
What causes skin to age in the first place?
The skin is our largest organ and our first defense to the outside world. If we don’t look after it, it’s also the first thing that will start showing signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles.
Unfortunately, we’re genetically programmed to show age on our skin overtime. If you’ve started to see a few little lines recently ,then you can partially blame it on being hereditary.
Don’t worry! Even if your family tree shows evidence that they hereditarily age faster, there are other, more relevant factors to skin aging.
The majority of skin aging is actually down to the external environment and multiple stresses, our skin can be exposed to daily. Dr. Diana Howard, Dermatologist, says that 80-99% of the changes we see on our skin as we get older, are a direct result of environmental exposure. Yes, that means slathering on SPF 2 oil, whilst sipping cocktails by the pool isn’t the best idea, if you want to look younger.
How vitamins and minerals in food can benefit the skin
Nutrition plays a huge factor in anti aging. Think of any nutrient dense, multivitamin superfoods as a prevention method against aging, for your skin.
Before we tell you what to eat, it’s important to understand why foods are going to help keep wrinkles at bay. Here’s the lowdown on what minerals and vitamins contained in foods, make your skin looks its best.
Benefits of Vitamins C and E
They’re proven to act as antioxidants and combat the effects of overexposure to the sun. Vitamin C especially, can boost levels of collagen.Collagen is the miracle stuff that plumps out wrinkles and fine lines naturally. Yes it’s found in food as well ( scroll down to find out which!) If you have a diet full of vitamin E a potent anti-inflammatory vitamin, then you can expect to look younger for longer due to it’s anti aging properties.
Are Omega 3 fatty acids anti-aging?
These essential fatty acids are an important factor, in helping you body regenerate healthy cells. They help skin look youthful by producing and regulating sebum levels. This helps skin appear more youthful and hydrated.
Look younger with selenium
Selenium is an interesting trace mineral, that we all struggle to get enough of. It contains an enzyme called glutathione that plays a major part in protecting our body from cellular damage that causes inflammation and aging.
Stay smooth with Vitamin B complex Biotin
Fat production in the skin is an important factor in anti aging. If fat is not being processed correctly, then it shows on our skin first. If your body is full of Biotin, you can ensure that won’t be a problem.
There are certain foods to eat to slow down the aging process both inside and out. They all contain the above vitamins and minerals as well as more super skin nutrients. If you want to keep your skin glowing, healthy and looking youthful for longer, try adding these healthy foods to your diet.
Your healthy anti aging foods list
- Leafy Greens
Eating leafy greens, like kale, spinach, and collards are the easiest way to get all your anti aging vitamins in one dose.
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Remember, your gut is directly linked to your skin and brain, if it’s off balance, chances are, your skin is too.
Anti aging foods for your skin don’t come much easier to find than in delicious, juicy blueberries. If your go to snack is a handful of berries, then you’re on the right track with boosting your skin health.
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Get creative with your anti aging diet and indulge in blueberries at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Hydrolysed Collagen Gelatine
This is fairly new to the clean eating world but great for those who like to live the healthiest life possible. Gelatin is a key factor in the process of skin cell regeneration. It has the power to block your delicate skin from aggressive UV light damage that causes wrinkles and aging.
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It’s much more convenient to use pure hydrolysed collagen gelatine powder in your diet every day instead. If jelly used to be your favourite childhood food, then you can make your own treats using collagen boosting gelatine or add a scoop to hot drinks for all the benefits of bone broth, without the mess.
- Oily Fish
The best way to dose up on this superfood, is by sourcing sustainable salmon “Wild salmon is phenomenal for your skin,” says certified nutritionist Suzie Carpenter.You can also get all your essential fatty acids from line caught tuna and mackerel.
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Oily fish is also a huge source of protein, great for building lean muscle.
- Green Tea
This detoxifying and anti aging drink has been shown to provide impressive results in the skin.
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It’s your anti aging miracle in a cup!
Get an anti aging boost just by including tomatoes in your daily diet.
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If you have used raw turmeric root (part of the ginger family) to cook with, then you will be familiar with the yellow stained finger look. This is due to the curcuminoids that create the bright yellow colour. The fragrant smelling cucuminoids are also the most beneficial and antioxidant component in turmeric.
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Not sure how to use turmeric in your diet for anti aging? You can buy it ground and stir it into curries or rub it into meats before roasting with cumin and ginger. Turmeric lattes are a trend that seem to be replacing the regular caffeinated version in 2017, here’s how to make your own.
Thought fat was just in fish and oils? You can get healthy fats, protein and that collagen boosting vitamin e by ensuring you get enough nutrient filled nuts in your diet. “A nut-rich diet, can boost longevity in many ways. They lead to weight loss, better sleep, improved, memory, a stronger immune system, and healthier, younger-looking skin” says Andrea Paul, M.D.
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To make sure you’re getting the most benefits from these tasty snacks ,you need to select the right nuts. For wrinkle free skin, snack on almonds and walnuts throughout the day or grab yourself some almond butter for your morning smoothies.
Want wrinkle free, youthful looking skin? Then add Avocados to your weekly shopping list. These creamy, delicious fruits are mainly made up of the healthy fat oleic acid. Also found in olive oil. The right amount of essential fats, help with anti aging and overall cell health.
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Eat avocados at any chance you can. They’re delicious mashed as a topper for sourdough toast, made into guacamole for a perfect side for hearty chilis and a great thickener for smoothie bowls.
You can eat your way to younger skin!
If you want to look younger for longer, then make sure you include lots of superfoods in your diet, alongside plenty of sleep, and water. Don’t forget to stress less too to keep those wrinkles at bay! For more inspiration on how to include anti aging food in your diet, visit our recipes page.
Written by: Emily Dallara
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