We all know about the conventional anti ageing treatments such as Botox and Laser Peels but why not go that bit further and add anti ageing to your shopping list next time you are at the supermarket. Here is our pick of the top foods to keep skin looking young and healthy.
Reddish-orange foods like tomato and watermelon, which are rich in beta-carotene and lycopene, increase your protection against harmful UV rays from the inside out. Both vitamins settle into skin’s outer layer, where their antioxidant action helps repair cells damaged by sunlight. In one French study, they helped improve the skin’s defence against UV rays by as much as 20 percent.
While creams and moisturisers are a great remedy to fight dry, flaky skin, changing your diet can prevent parching to begin with. The best way to keep your outer layer lubricated is to increase your intake of healthy fats. Fat is a nutrient that protects all cells, including your skin cells. If you consume too little fat, your skin becomes brittle. Salmon is a great choice, but rainbow trout has almost as much eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)—an omega-3 fatty acid that stops the stress chemical cortisol from boiling over. EPA makes trout an excellent choice for your skin because it stimulates the repair of skin cells.
Get your dose of vitamin E, another powerful skin protector, by snacking on almonds or pumpkin or sunflower seeds. A lack of vitamin E can influence the quality and texture of your skin. Without it, your skin is at greater risk of damage from free radicals. If there is plenty of vitamin E in the membranes of cells exposed to free radicals, vitamin E will take the brunt of the attack and protect the fatty acid that surrounds all the intricate workings inside each cell.
The peel of this super-low-calorie fruit is made of silica, a building block of skin–plumping, wrinkle-preventing collagen. There’s no recommended minimum intake for silica, but experts suggest at least five milligrams a day, the amount you’ll get in the peel of one cucumber. But try to go organic. Some cucumbers are treated with a coat of wax to preserve their shelf life, whereas organically grown ones often are left without this chemical.
Eating as little as 1 tablespoon of citrus zest each week may reduce your risk of skin cancer by nearly 30 percent. Lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit contain d-limonene, a potent antioxidant known to reduce skin cancer risk. Use a zester to scrape the peel (not the bitter white pith underneath), and add a pinch to salads, smoothies, or marinades.