Eat your way to younger skin in less than a month!
- First: skip crash diets
Did you know that a constant cycle of losing and then regaining weight is not only terrible for your health, but it has a huge impact on your skin too?
It can lead to an increase in sagging skin and fine lines and wrinkles, meaning every time you go on a crash diet you’re ageing your skin. So, avoid strict diets!
Instead, aim to introduce some of the top anti-ageing foods into your diet rather than drastically restricting your calorie intake.
- Next: cut back on refined sugar
You’ve heard it time and time again, too much sugar is really bad for you and it’s also really bad for your skin.
We’re not talking sugar causing breakouts, we’re talking about actually having a tangible effect on ageing. If there is too much sugar in the blood, glucose molecules attach to proteins in your collagen to form Advanced Glycation End which then results in stiffer skin, fine lines and wrinkles.
Excess sugar also dries out your skin and did you know that dry skin looks older than hydrated skin? So cut back on sugary treats over the next 30 days and you’ll see a huge improvement.
Find out what to eat for younger skin in 30 days!
- Stock up on the green stuff
Green vegetables are nature’s gift to skin. Take avocados for example, they’re packed full of healthy fats and these healthy fats help protect you against free radicals that damage cells. The fats also help hydrate your skin, and the vitamin E in avocados can protect against photo-ageing from sun damage.
Then there is Romaine lettuce, just six leaves of which contains 100 per cent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which has been linked to an increase in cell turnover. Kale is also extremely high in vitamin A and vitamin C too, and spinach is full of antioxidants as well as iron.
Over the next month, try to add something green to everything you eat and think about making some green smoothies for breakfast.
- The fruit you need to include in your diet
For starters, if you’ve not eaten a pomegranate in years, now is the time to start. A 2011 Spanish study revealed that pomegranates can actually slow down the ageing process of DNA. This is down to the fruit’s rich supply of antioxidants which can decrease one of the specific markers that is linked to cell damage and the ageing of skin.
If you can eat minimum one cup of pomegranate seeds a week, you will be doing your skin the world of good. But don’t stop there, go for blueberries to increase radiance, tomatoes (yes, they’re a fruit) to boost collagen, strawberries to limit sagging, blackberries for elasticity and kiwi to reduce free-radicals.
- The underwater treasures
Whilst oysters may not be on your list of everyday food items, they’re a good addition to your diet because of their high zinc content.
Zinc is important in the collagen process and it is collagen that keeps your skin looking younger for longer. Oysters can also help strengthen hair and nails and keep your scalp healthy.
But there’s more life under the sea that can vastly improve the quality of your skin. Prawns, crab, salmon and lobster all contain Astaxanthin which is a powerful carotenoid that acts as both an anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory, making it great for the skin.
Then there’s also Omega-3 which plumps your skin and can prevent it looking dehydrated. Omega-3 is also found in salmon as well as mackerel, sardines, anchovies, tuna, and clams.
So try to add a few servings of fish or shellfish to your diet each week over the next month.
- Permission to go nuts
If you’re looking for the perfect on-the-go snack, nuts are the one for you! Try almonds for their Vitamin E content and walnuts because they’re high in Omega-3, just like fish, but also contain copper which boosts collagen production.
And Brazil nuts contain selenium which protects your skin and boosts elasticity. A small handful of any of the above nuts daily will go a long way to improving the look and feel of your skin.