We live in a world of Photoshop, heavy makeup and social media face filters. But is there a way to truly achieve an ageless look without any of these, even as the sun, pollution and chemical-loaded cosmetics threaten to cause more harm than help?
The truth is, there is no magic flower created by a single drop of sunlight like the one that kept Mother Gothel from ‘Tangled’ young and beautiful for decades! However, nature does provide anti-ageing nutrition in the following forms:
Pomegranate has become popular as the queen of anti-ageing fruits. It is rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and keratin cell stimulating compounds which, in turn, lead to youthful, healthy skin. The punicic acid in pomegranates also rehydrate skin, prevent moisture loss, and rejuvenates skin. Scientists have also discovered that a certain molecule in pomegranates, when acted upon by microbes, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against ageing.
Papaya is undoubtedly a superfood rich. By including it in your diet and also applying directly to the skin as a facepack, papayas can be used to shed dead skin, improve skin elasticity and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Not to forget, the enzyme papain, which provides anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits.
Rich in Vitamins (A, C, E, K), magnesium, lutein, and iron, spinach hydrates, oxygenates and replenishes the entire body, including the skin. Smooth, firm, youthful skin and shiny hair are among the many benefits of including spinach in your diet!
- Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is converted into Vitamin A and contributes to restoring skin elasticity and promotes skin cell turnover. Because it also rich in Vitamins C and E, it also protects the skin from harmful free radicals. It can also protect you from certain types of cancer.
Growing in popularity by the day, avocados are among the most effective anti-ageing foods, especially for women. They make their appearance in salads, puddings and other delicious forms, in addition to being great for direct application on the skin. They are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, fibre, and potassium with anti-inflammatory factors.
Almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios – any and all of these are great sources of protein, fibre, omega-3s, and good unsaturated fats. Their cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory properties make them great for anti-ageing.
When eaten raw or lightly steamed, broccoli is great for your skin. It is packed with a variety of antioxidants, Vitamins C and K, fibre, folate and more. Its anti-inflammatory properties counter ageing caused by inflammation which is the main cause of dryness and dullness of skin. The Vitamins also boost collagen, making your skin supple.
- Fatty Fish
Salmon and other fatty fish that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids contribute a healthy skin that stays hydrated and sag-free. As they are also healthy for the heart, it is highly recommended to include these in your diet – at least twice a week.
Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, Vitamin C, and potassium. According to some nutritionists, cooked tomatoes are said to be more effective than raw ones when it comes to the absorption of lycopene by the body. Tomato soup, therefore, is an excellent dietary choice!
While it may not exactly be food, water is the most important part of an anti-ageing diet. Do not underestimate the value of staying hydrated – dry skin speeds up ageing and leaves your skin cracked and damaged. Drinking ample water during the day also regulates your metabolism, helping you keep your skin clear.
Basically, any food that is rich in Vitamin C protects the skin from free radicals caused by sun exposure and pollution, while food rich in carotenoids omega-3 fatty acids boost collagen production to promote glowing, youthful skin.
On the other hand, avoid sugary, processed foods such as cakes and biscuits, limit the intake of milk, and avoid alcohol which dehydrates the body and skin and lead to premature ageing.
Like all good things, it takes time to experience the visible results of eating healthy as skin cell turnover occurs only every 28 to 35 days. However, if you keep at it without giving up, you are sure to reap the benefits!
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