It’s not just about looking good most of us want to FEEL more youthful as the years tick by. Whilst self-love and self-care using 100% natural beauty products and a careful skincare routine is crucial, what you put in your body is absolutely as important as what you put on it.
We all know that refined sugar and deep fried food makes our skin break out as well as making us feel sluggish. So we decided to put together a simple list of inexpensive foods which you can add to your shopping list and include in your diet each day to help put a youthful spring in your step.
Just because watermelon is 93 percent water doesn’t mean it’s not packed with vitamins and antioxidants too. This juicy snack contains carotene which reduces oxidative stress – something researchers say ages skin. Watermelon has high levels of free radical fighting lycopene and vitamin A, which helps prevent skin-damaging acne too.
It might not be great for the waistline but if eaten in sensible quantities a few nibbles of cheese can improve your smile. Cavities and stained teeth can make you look way older than you actually are, but a 2013 study in the Academy of General Dentistry says snacking on the dairy product after your dinner can brighten your smile. Not only does calcium build strong teeth it also counteracts the acid left behind after eating.
To-may-to, to-mah-to! It doesn’t matter how you say it, the fact of the matter is, these tasty red fruits play a big part in keeping you looking young.
They are rich in the antioxidant, lycopene, which is a natural sunscreen and research suggests just a tablespoon’s worth of tomato paste a day can have a huge impact on your complexion.
In addition tomatoes boost the skin’s pro-collagen levels and keeps your skin’s elasticity.
Olive oil isn’t just for cooking, it’s great for moisturising your skin and can even be used to give your hair some much needed shine too. The Olive Oil Source website suggests massaging it into your skin and using it as a conditioner for your locks. It can even control dandruff. Rachael Hartley, author of ‘The Joy of Eating’ blog says: “Olive oil keeps skin moisturised and reduces inflammation. It’s rich in antioxidants and can help protect skin from damage too.”
Salmon is a superfood for a very good reason. The ys omega-3 fatty acids in this fish help keep skin moisturised, soft and looking young. Salmon also contains antioxidants such as vitamin E and Selenium which protects against the effects of free radicals that can have an ageing effect on the skin. Not to mention salmon is packed with Vitamin D which keeps bones and teeth strong.
Specialist dietician Nichola Ludlum-Raine says: “The fats found in foods such as oily fish, nuts – for example brazil nuts – seeds and avocados are all fantastic for a healthy complexion.”