Have you ever heard the phrase, “Beauty comes from the inside out”? It means that what we eat really matters, not only in how we feel physically, but also in how we look. And while there is no shortage of pricey creams and potions available that advertise younger-looking skin, sometimes the answer is only as far away as your kitchen – and a lot less expensive.
Foods that contain antioxidants, vitamins C, D, E, K, and the B-complex, as well as choline and folic acid, are all great at changing your body at a cellular level, creating real glowing skin rather than the façade of health. These healthy and delicious foods also reduce your risk of skin and other cancers as well as protect against cardiovascular disease.
Skin is the body’s largest organ, so it makes sense that it responds as gratefully to nourishing food as any internal system. If you are looking to turn back the hands of time or rock a dewy glow that hides the fact that you have to spend all day in an office, improving your diet is the way to go. Following are amazing anti-aging foods that you are going to love eating.
Fat is a natural lubricant and we need it in our bodies to facilitate all sorts of processes. But the trick is that it has to be the right kind of fat. Avocados contain a lot of the healthy kind, which helps to keep skin flexible and moisturized. A study that examined the diets of over 700 women found that eating a lot of healthy fat, like that found in avocados, results in smoother skin with great elasticity.
Avocados also contain compounds that evidence suggests may protect your skin from damaging sun rays. When you spread some of the green stuff on toast or incorporate it into a vibrant salad, you also get a healthy dose of vitamin E and vitamin C. These nutrients make very fine partners in the creation of collagen and protect your skin from the oxidative damage that makes you look weathered.
Improving your skin through diet does not have to feel like deprivation. You can have your chocolate and look great, too. Several studies have determined that cocoa powder is high in some specific antioxidants that contribute to moisturized skin. If you eat a bit of dark chocolate every day, you’ll find that your skin is less rough and scaly – and can resist sunburn longer, to boot. (But don’t throw away your sunscreen.)
Another benefit of eating cocoa is that it improves blood flow and thereby delivers more of those critical nutrients to the skin. But it’s best to stick with dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa. That will get you the healthy benefits without too much extra sugar. Too much sugar in the diet can actually break down collagen and cause breakouts.
Turns out, you can enjoy a glass of wine without guilt. Red wine contains resveratrol, a much-touted compound that minimizes the effects of aging all over your body. You may even notice that some beauty products designed to create a youthful appearance also contain resveratrol. It works whether applied topically or eaten.
When you consume resveratrol in the form of wine (or grape juice; it doesn’t have to be fermented), the production of free radicals is slowed. Free radical damage is one of the prime drivers of skin damage and premature aging.
Now, we would be remiss if we didn’t say that overindulging in alcohol has many negatives associated with it, including poorkin. But if you are going to drink, red wine may be the safest choice for your complexion.