Unfortunately, the aging process is a fact of life, but there are certainly ways in which you can make yourself look younger, the right diet being just as important, if not more so, than a variety of creams and lotions that you might find at a chemist. In this article you’ll find a list of different foods that can be beneficial in making your skin look younger. I have explaining why each works in terms of giving you a more youthful glow.
The best thing about this list is that those same foods are great for overall health and fitness, and for getting back into shape too. I see them as a necessary compliment to exercise and your own choice of home fitness equipment.
Top 10 Foods for Younger Looking Skin
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which one study suggested could alleviate the effects of sunburn by up to 25%. This anti-oxidant works at its best when cooked, so tomato based sauces and even tomato soup are a good option. German scientists have also reported that high levels of lycopene can correlate to fewer lines on your skin, while regular intake of tomatoes can also increase collagen in your skin, which will prevent sagging.
Romaine Lettuce is high in vitamin A, so just 6 leaves will give you your suggested daily intake. This is good for your skin as vitamin A increases cell turnover, meaning that your skin will look revitalized. Romaine lettuce also contains mineral potassium, which will improve circulation and give your skin a boost of nutrients and oxygen.
Broccoli is particularly high in vitamin C and will once again increase your production of collagen, which will decrease the amount of lines you’ll find around your eyes and mouth. Consuming red and green bell peppers will have exactly the same effect.
Many varieties of apple contain Quercetin, which is an antioxidant found in the peel of many apples. This naturally occurring antioxidant will provide protection against UVB rays, which can cause skin cancer. Golden Delicious and Morland apples offer some of the biggest does of Quercetin, so eating an apple on the morning of a sunny day can be a great help, although this obviously isn’t an alternative to a sunscreen.
This might be a surprising addition to this list but dark chocolate can be particularly beneficial to giving your skin a youthful glow. This is because of the flavonoids found in dark chocolate which improve circulation and blood flow to the scalp, making the skin smoother and more hydrated. Of course, dark chocolate can be eaten as it is, or taken in a cocoa based hot chocolate drink.
High quality protein such as lean beef can be ideal in building collagen. Just a small serving of maybe 3 ounces a couple of times a week is considered the perfect amount. You won’t want to overcook the meat as much of the good work done by the lean beef will be lost if it’s tough or crispy.
The skin of grapes contains resveratrol which can counter inflammation of the skin, which can appear to counter the aging process. You’ll also find that resveratrol can also counter the effects of UV light and damage caused by the sun.
A mushroom contains selenium, another important mineral which can once again protect you from the sun damage caused by UV rays. Consume the mushrooms either raw or cooked and you’ll gain the benefit of the selenium. Mushrooms make an ideal accompaniment to a salad or even the lean beef steak, making it an ideal ingredient when it comes to younger looking skin.
Eating fish will add omega-3 oils into your diet. Research has shown that these omega-3 oils, and especially those from fish can keep skin cancer cells from growing and spreading. Two small servings a week is the suggested amount, while mackerel and sardines will have a similar effect.
Yoghurts contain probiotics which will help to promote a healthy stomach. This might not seem like a recipe for aiding in younger looking skin, but when the digestive system isn’t working properly, the body has less energy for other functions such as building collagen. Non-dairy yoghurts are specified here as dairy yoghurts can occasionally cause outbreaks of acne.
Pumpkin seeds are high in Biotin, an active which is found in hair, nail and most importantly, skin supplements. Biotin is also said to relieve dry and itchy skin, while a deficiency can lead to conditions such psoriasis and dermatitis.
Best Foods for Young Looking Skin – Summary
If you want to have younger looking skin it’s really not as difficult as you might think. The list of food stuffs above is wide and varied enough to give you a very satisfying and mixed diet, while also allowing yourself a treat or two. The foods listed also have many other additional health benefits, so there is no reason why you can’t be looking and feeling healthier in no time.
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