Feed your face!
It’s no secret that eating food filled with nutrients keeps us fit and healthy, there are also numerous foods that keep us looking younger too! Try adding some or all of the following to your diet, for a clear, brighter and more youthful complexion.
Watercress is nutrient packed and has long being known as a superfood, but did you know it can actually reduce wrinkles? A small trial revealed that women who ate one portion of watercress per day, over a 4 week period, saw an average 10% reduction in the appearance of their wrinkles. Their pore size and skin tone also improved. The skin boosting benefits are believed to come from the vitamin A, our bodies derive from this healthy salad leaf.
Mushrooms are full of Vitamin D which is essential for promoting DNA repair, which results in fewer signs of aging. Mushrooms which are exposed to sunlight can provide as much Vitamin D as a supplement, this is because they convert UV light into Vitamin D. So instead of hiding your mushrooms in a bag in the fridge, try putting them in direct sunlight for an hour before consuming.
Protein helps the skin to form collagen and elastin, it provides the building blocks for our skin cells. Vegetarian? Try having a whey protein smoothie every day to get your fix.
Dark chocolate is packed with anti-ageing antioxidants, another reason to eat chocolate, yay. Scientists at the University of Dusseldorf have found that women who drank cocoa, had more hydrated and smoother skin. Try having a couple of pieces of quality chocolate a day, or switch one of your coffee’s for a hot chocolate, go for good quality, not the sugar laden types.
“Mushrooms which are exposed to sunlight can provide as much Vitamin D as a supplement”
As well as containing Vitamin C, did you know the white pith of these fruits contains hesperidin which is great for strengthening capillaries? Stronger capillaries mean nutrients will be carried to where they’re needed in the skin. Hesperidin is great if you suffer from thread veins or facial redness, so don’t get too picky about pulling that pith off your fruit.
Fill up on red peppers, chillies, broccoli, guava, kiwis and of course citrus fruits, which are all high in Vitamin C. Collagen is made in the skin through the conversion of the amino acid proline by Vitamin C. Frozen fruit and veggies can be a better source of Vitamin C than fresh, since the Vitamin is locked in when the fruit and veg is picked.
Green tea is not only full of antioxidants, but it actually protects your telomeres (the tips on your chromosomes). People that consume 4 cups of green tea a day, have longer telomeres – about the same as someone 5 years younger! Also try white tea, it helps stop the breakdown of collagen and elastin, preventing sagging and wrinkles.
The Japanese and Chinese have been enjoying the benefits of collagen drinks for some time. According to a research trial by Minerva Labs, women drinking collagen see a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, skin also appears more hydrated. Apparently drinking collagen as opposed to applying it as a face cream, allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin.
Sugar molecules bind to protein structures in the skin and weaken them, causing them to lose elasticity. Collagen fibres become stiff and prone to breaking, causing wrinkles. This skin aging process is called glycation, cut out white carbs and sugary foods to avoid this happening.