Skin food: The ultimate healthy, youthful skin diet

-Dec 12, Hannah Hargrave , Beauty -

Injectables might be a quick fix when it comes to eradicating wrinkles, but changing up your diet could be even better.

If you’re on a mission to keep wrinkles at bay and prevent premature ageing of your skin then you may have already considered Botox or Restylane. While there’s no denying these fillers and muscle freezers can give almost instant results your skin can also get a major makeover by changing up your diet – no needles required.

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Foods which prevent and reduce wrinkles

  • Tomatoes: These fruits are packed with goodness. Tomatoes contain a wealth of lycopene which fights the free radicals that damage skin and cause wrinkles.  Add them fresh to your diet or you can also reap the rewards with just a tablespoon of tomato paste a day. The perfect excuse for a delicious bowl of wholegrain pasta with homemade tomato sauce.
  • Salmon: With all the omega-3 fatty acids salmon contains it’s no wonder it packs a punch when it comes to moisturising and smoothing your skin. Tuna and mackerel are also skin food superstars.
  • Avocado: We love avocado, and your skin does too. It’s full of healthy fats to plump up skin cells. It’s also loaded with vitamin E which prevents the breakdown of collagen, which is what keeps your skin supple and elastic and fine lines and sagging skin at bay.
  • Watermelon: All that incredible H20 which watermelon contains hydrates skin cells to plump up the skin. Dehydrated skin is far more prone to wrinkles. Watermelon also contains plenty of skin boosting vitamins and antioxidants and carotene and lycopene too.
  • Buckwheat: Buckwheat is fantastic for keeping skin firm and elastic. It is a good source of rutin which helps to maintain collagen levels. It’s also packed with protein and essential amino acids to repair skin.
  • Wheat germ: Sprinkle it on your porridge, add it to your cereal or top off your smoothie with wheat germ. It’s an undetectable addition and yet it’s high in zinc, selenium and vitamin E which are crucial for incredible skin. 
  • Tangerines: Packed with antioxidants and vitamin C these little balls of colour and juice are ideal to eat for gorgeous skin.

Is a change of diet better than injectables?

Saves you money

Injectables don’t come cheap so maintaining your smooth complexion or plumped up lips can cost hundreds of pounds at a time. Good, healthy food on the other hand doesn’t have to be expensive. Shopping for a supermarket bargain is a great idea, but you don’t want to haggle with your health. So with injectables you certainly need to ensure you are being handled by a certified professional.

Related: Why you really can afford Lumity

Better for your body

The foods that do wonders for your skin also do fantastic things for your body. Switching up your diet to include wrinkle busting fruits and vegetables will keep you healthy from the inside out. Injectables might smooth out your skin, but they won’t do anything for your waistline or your inner health either.

Easy to maintain

Once you change up your diet to incorporate food to fuel your skin, it’s simple to maintain. Adding the items to your weekly shopping list is far easier than scheduling in your Botox appointments before the last dose has worn off. Carving out the time from your busy life to get to your cosmetic clinic can be a chore as well.

Improved sleep

Many of the same foods which boost your skin’s health can also improve your sleep – injectables definitely don’t have that advantage. For example walnuts and almonds fall into both categories, so by beating wrinkles with your diet you could also aide your sleep. 

A healthy, balanced diet in general will work wonders for skin and for a good night’s sleep as well.

The benefits of a good night’s beauty sleep are endless so learning how you can drift off easier and stay asleep too will improve your skin and overall health no end.

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