Nowadays, anti-aging cosmetics seem more like food than beauty cosmetics – everything from soy to pomegranate is being infused into serums, cleansers, and creams. But, using skin products is not substitute for actually eating the foods that will nurture your skin from inside out. Healthy foods plays an important part in limiting the aging process and helping to protect against from UV rays. And you probably know that UV rays can cause wrinkles and lines.
Studies have shown that some nutrients keep your skin cells functioning properly, hydrate your complexion and help prevent harm from environmental factors. These beauty boosters are also potent disease fighters and are easy to incorporate into your meals. So, while you are trying to improve your skin, you will be helping to reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Plus, you will drop up to 10 pounds in just 4 weeks.
Replace the cakes, white-flour breads and white rice and other refined grains with whole grains and you will reap a benefit immediately. It is well known that refined grains can raise insulin levels, which can cause inflammation that damages the skin. Whole grains are good source of a mineral called selenium that helps protect against UV rays.
Eat: whole wheat, barley, brown rice, eggs, beef, Brazil nuts, sardines, tuna and salmon.
Salmon and tuna are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help guard against sun damage. Try to get at least two four-ounce servings of sea foods a week.
Eat: tuna, sardines, salmon, lake trout, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, canola oil, walnuts, tofu.
Protein provides the building blocks of collagen. And as collagen and other proteins break down, the skin folds into itself, creating lines and wrinkles.
Eat: egg whites, fish, skinless poultry.
VITAMIN C FOODS
Some researches show that women with higher intakes of vitamin C had less dry skin and fewer wrinkles. That’s because vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can quench free radicals.
Eat: raspberries, cranberries, pomegranate, orange, broccoli, strawberries, citrus fruits, kale, tomatoes, pepper, and melon.
● GREEN TEA. This tea is rich in antioxidants that are also anti-inflammatory. Drink two to three cups a day.
● LOW-FAT DAIRY. Or fortified milk is a good source of vitamin A, which is important contributor to skin health.
FOODS THAT MAKE YOU LOOK OLDER
For a better skin and better health, keep these foods to a minimum:
● Saturated Fat.