We spend countless hours investigating the latest and greatest skincare trends and inventions. What’s worse is that we even spend massive amounts of money on skincare products that we hear about, only to be hugely disappointed in the end. What we have repeatedly failed to do is to quit the search and to actually look closer…much closer….in our fridges and pantries that is. Below is a list of hero food items that have been credited time and again for promoting healthier, glowing and younger-looking skin. However, consistency in consumption is crucial if we are to see any tangible results. Bon appetit…
1 || Green Tea
Green tea remains one of the most powerful antioxidants around due to the high content of polyphenols that fight free radical action which leads to rapid skin aging. Green tea’s health benefits are so many; it fights diabetes and insulin resistance, as well as fighting inflammation and heart disease.
2 || Manuka Honey
Getting rid of free radicals that contribute to skin aging is best done by having a daily serving of Manuka honey. The antioxidants in Manuka bind themselves to the free radicals and are thus able to eliminate them. This is not even delving into the countless other health benefits attributed to Manuka.
3 || Cucumbers
The easiest item to incorporate into your diet are cucumbers. Cucumbers help your skin retain moisture keeping it extremely supple and hydrated.
4 || Tomatoes
Not only do tomatoes have loads of vitamin C; they are also packed with lycopene which serves as an internal shield that protects the skin against aging and the effects of sun exposure. Lycopene is a type of carotenoid (which is responsible for giving vegetables their color) that also helps in reducing the risks of cancer and heart disease. Cooking tomatoes in healthy fat such as olive oil raises our body’s ability to absorb lycopene.
5 || Salmon
Salmon and other fatty fish are miracle anti-aging foods. Salmon, in specific, contains a carotenoid anti-oxidant called astaxanthin which is responsible for salmon’s pink color and this carotenoid is a great component as it enhances skin’s firmness and elasticity.
6 || Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are considered a great source of beta-carotene which is converted by our bodies into vitamin A which in turn is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Carrots and pumpkins are also great sources of beta-carotene.
7 || Berries
All kinds of berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are great antioxidants which help the body fight free radicals and delay the aging process. They are loaded with flavonoids (plant chemicals responsible for the vivid colors of berries), polyphenols which fight disease, and antioxidants.
8 || Papaya
Papayas contain an active enzyme that helps remove blemishes and black spots and relieve inflammation. It can even help with acne when applied directly to the skin. Papayas are also a wonderful source of vitamin C.
9 || Avocados
Avocados are so full of healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals that make their benefits too long for the scope of this article. Avocados fight inflammation and provide the skin with protection from sun damage; they are also the only item that can have an effect on DNA protection and repair.
10 || Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Considered amongst the healthiest fats on earth. Olive oil helps us look younger due to its strong anti-inflammatory effects and its ability to protect against sun damage. It also helps increase and retain skin elasticity and firmness due to the monounsaturated fats it contains.
11 || Cinnamon
Cinnamon is known to enhance the skin’s suppleness and elasticity as it helps in increasing collagen production. It also protects the skin from the effects of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) which are formed when blood sugars are high and which break down the skin’s barriers and bonds.
12 || Turmeric
Turmeric and curcumin have amazing health benefits and they have recently come under the spotlight. It is believed that turmeric can actually lighten up dark spots that result from sun burn, aging, and acne. You can consume it or actually make a facial out of it.
13 || Ginger
Ginger is linked to the reduction and protection against sun damage, age spots, and pigmentation of the skin due to gingerol which is an anti-inflammatory compound.
14 || Bone Broth
Bone broth has been gaining popularity lately due to it’s effect on rebuilding and increasing collagen production in our bodies. Studies have shown that wrinkle depth is significantly reduced after 12 weeks of taking collagen supplements. IF you want the healthier route just cook your meals using homemade bone broth. Cook the bones of meat, poultry, or fish for an extended period to allow the release of minerals and other healthy components.
15 || Water
There really is nothing that we can say here!