Your skin is what you eat. That’s right, even if you slap on tons of expensive-looking cream or moisturizer, it can certainly not outrun a bad diet. It’s like exercising every day and eating burgers for breakfast, pizza for lunch, and cake for dinner! So, before you reach out for that much-touted anti-aging cream, first you have got to clean up your diet – that’s the only way to slow down the signs of aging. Of course, you cannot halt aging forever, but you can certainly slow down the process, and the entire journey starts with the diet. Let’s find out about some of the age-defying foods that can make you look your best and feel your best too.
Fat-less diets are no good as they not only mess up your hormones, but they can also make your skin overly dry. So, do not fear fats! Of course, you need to include a good kind of fat in your diet. Olive oil is one of the best fats available that can truly keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Olive oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and can protect your skin from free radical damage. The antioxidants found in olives reduce your skin damage that can lead to wrinkles and blemishes.
Tomatoes are high in water content and contain a plethora of vitamins. However, what makes them one of the best anti-aging foods is the star component – lycopene – a strong antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals that causes skin aging and the growth of wrinkles. There is a study about tomato paste which can prevent sunburn and sun-related skin aging. To get most of its anti-aging benefits, you can grill a tomato before eating it, getting most of the lycopene benefits.
Planning to make a wrinkle-busting salad? Ensure you add watercress to your chopped salad. Although you may not like it much because it is a bitter plant, if you pick a younger and tender stem, it can be milder in taste and can be perfect when eaten raw. It is rich in minerals and antioxidants and is rich in vitamins such, A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and K. You can amp up the antioxidant levels in your body by adding more watercress into your diet.
Regular consumption of dark chocolate (in moderation) can not only lower blood pressure but can boast numerous other benefits. Dark chocolate is rich in flavanols and protects your skin from harmful UV rays. However, choose your chocolate carefully, and ensure it has a cocoa content of at least 85% or more. Remember, the bitter it is, the better it is for your health and your skin.
If you want to make your skin look youthful and firm for years together, you can settle for tofu. Some research says soy has great benefits for your skin, especially when you want to make your skin look soft and supple. Soy contains, isoflavone, aglycone, and 40 milligrams of soy aglycones taken over a 12-week period improved skin can really beautify your skin. However, you must choose the whole, less processed forms of soy, so tofu and edamame can turn out to be great sources.
Wild salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and hence, beneficial for your skin. That’s wonderful news as it tastes great too. If you want to make your skin look supple and moisturized, don’t forget to eat wild salmon. Omega-3s can also boost your skin’s defenses against UV damage. Wild salmon is great for your health too and is rich in vitamin D that can boost your immunity, and help maintain your bones and teeth.
Green yogurt is rich in protein and protein-rich food can make your skin firm, combat wrinkles, and can even ward off crow’s feet. Greek Yogurt is also rich in B vitamins which enable skin detoxification. All the more reason to slurp on greek yogurt.
Most of the foods here are regularly available and there is nothing exotic about these foods. They are not very expensive either. So, make sure you stock on these foods and skip the expensive anti-aging creams that promise a lot while pinching your pocket.
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