Yes, you can combat wrinkles through your choice of foods - one bite at a time.
Now you have a good reason to make a trip to the grocery store today: there are specific foods that have powerhouse capabilities to keep your skin radiant, soft, and supple. Do you know what those are? Here are some skin-saving foods that are seriously good for your skin.
1. Strawberries as an antioxidant - If you think that grapefruit and oranges are at the top of the list, think again. Strawberries are packed with more Vitamin C per serving than both of these fruits. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that those who load up on foods rich in Vitamin C have fewer fine lines and less age-related dry skin than those who don't.
Why exactly do we need Vitamin C in our diet? This powerful vitamin is your best defense against free radicals, the culprits that break down collagen and damage skin cells. Make strawberry a diet staple, and apply a strawberry mask at least weekly.
Other foods like tomatoes, beets, spinach, squash, tangerines, sweet potatoes, and beans are also rich in antioxidants.
2. Olive oil for moisturizing and inflammation - studies reveal that a higher olive oil consumption (more than 2 teaspoons daily) was associated to fewer signs of aging. Olive oil also acts as an antioxidant. Used topically, it gives you a smoother and more radiant skin. This time-tested beauty ingredient was used by the ancient Romans and is a staple in the Mediterranean diet today. It is also known to reduce inflammation.
3. Vitamin A for dryness, wrinkles and spots - Say goodbye to dry, flaky skin. Grab a carrot, an orange or a cantaloupe - these are loaded with Vitamin A. You can also find Vitamin A in eggs, leafy greens, and some dairy foods. Vitamin A helps smoothen wrinkles and diminish dark spots. Skin products with Vitamin A, called retinoids, are typical prescription treatments for skin conditions like acne.
4. Get Sun Protection with these foods - Yes, the sun can cause a lot of skin damage. You can maximum sun protection by consuming foods rich in vitamin C. Foods like citrus fruits, red bell peppers, kiwis, greens, papayas, brussels sprouts, and broccoli helps undo sun damage to elastin and collagen, which firm up your skin.
5. Healthy fats - Good fats like omega-6s and omega-3s help protect your skin's natural oil barrier. If you want to get rid of blemishes and keep your skin supple, eat foods with canola oil, olive oil, and some cold water fish like mackerel, salmon, and sardines.
Add these superfoods to your diet and get a confidence boost with healthy, glowing skin!