Want smooth, dewy, youthful skin? Then load up your plate with foods packed full of goodies to give you a glow and keep the ravages of winter at bay. Here are the best anti-aging solutions and foods for your skin that really work. It takes 6 weeks for skin to emerge on the surface, so eat well and be patient!
In an International Journal of Cancer study, people with a history of skin cancer who ate the most leafy greens had half as many skin tumors over 11 years as those who ate the least. Green veg is a great source of beta-carotene, which is also found in carrots and mangoes. Along with vitamin C, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids, it helps to protect the skin from UV light exposure. A primary cause of skin ageing is exposure to UV in sunlight. Ensuring a good intake of these nutrients may keep your skin looking young. Just don’t forget your SPF 15, even in winter.
KICK THE HABIT
If the health scares haven’t warned you off, then think about this. Research shows that smoking speeds up the normal ageing process of skin, contributing to wrinkles. Skin changes from smoking can even be seen in young adults who have been smoking for 10 years.
The British Journal of Nutrition reported that participants in a study who ate just over 2g (half a teaspoon) of omega-3 oil every day experienced significantly less roughness of the skin in 12 weeks. Fats are essential to the structure of the skin, preventing water loss and keeping it hydrated. The best sources of omega-3 fats are oily fish, but you can also get them from nuts (particularly walnuts) and flaxseeds. Try adding a tablespoon to sautéed veggies for a tasty skin treat.
GULP IT DOWN
For healthy skin, drink lots of water. Not only does it help the body to remove toxins, it also plumps up the cells and helps carry nutrients to them. Women should drink eight 200ml cups of liquid a day, while men should aim for 10. These can include water, tea, coffee, herbal teas, milk and juice. Your pee is a good indicator of how hydrated you are – if it’s pale, you’re probably hydrated. If it’s dark yellow or orange, you need to drink more.