You are what you eat – or so the saying goes. It’s certainly true that our diet is reflected in our skin. Too much fat and sugar, and you’re likely to show the evidence in spots and weight gain. Too much alcohol can lead to puffiness around the eyes and broken veins on the face. Not a pretty sight, I’m sure you’ll agree. So what foods can defy the aging process and keep your skin looking young?
Low fat dairy products
These foods are high in vitamin A, which is essential for skin health. Go for low fat options to keep down the calorie and fat content. Low fat yogurt also contains the ‘good’ bacteria your digestive system needs for optimum efficiency, so if your waste system is working well, this will be reflected in young looking, healthy skin.
Berries are naturally high in antioxidants and vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and is essential for producing collagen, which gives skin its elasticity. Antioxidants protect against cell damage, and the harmful effects of the sun. Why spend a fortune on ant-aging cream when a delicious bowl of strawberries, blueberries or blackberries will do the same job?
Tuna, Salmon and other oily fish
Oily fish are a good source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These are essential to health, as they protect the cell membranes and keep them healthy. Cell membranes help the body to stay hydrated, which means your skin looks plumped up, and therefore younger. Omega fatty acids also have antiinflammatory properties, which help to keep skin looking good.
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a carotenoid which is thought to contribute to smooth, younger looking skin. Lycopene also protects against some cancers, so that’s two good reasons to up your tomato intake. Cooked tomatoes have higher levels of lycopene than raw tomatoes, so for maximum benefits, enjoy a mixture of both.
Olive oil and olives
Extra virgin olive oil contains healthy, monounsaturated fats, which are necessary to protect cell membranes and help keep the body hydrated and lubricated. Not too much though – even healthy fats are still high in calories.
Eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants which help protect against sun damage and therefore premature aging of the skin. If you include eggs in your diet, you’ll also benefit from smoother, softer, more hydrated skin.
Have you noticed something here? The foods which are good for younger looking skin are also good for general health, and are foods we should be including in our diet in any case. So, you can eat to be healthy and younger looking at the same time. Sounds good, doesn’t it?