Food plays a wonderful role in our health. It is what fuels our body and keeps us looking young and beautiful.
While we all know the perils of eating processed junk foods, we often overlook how specific foods can impact the quality of our skin.
Did you know that there are certain foods that can actually make you look younger?
Anti aging foods aren’t just a myth, they exist! And if you want to start shaving years off your face then here are 7 anti aging foods you will want to add to your grocery list today!
Top 7 Anti Aging Foods for Younger Looking Skin
You may remember a few years back when pomegranates were the “it” food. Everyone from Oprah to Dr. Oz were talking about the benefits of pomegranates and how rich they were in age defying anti oxidants.
Well, they weren’t wrong, but unfortunately all the media attention made people skeptical.
The truth is, pomegranates truly can transform your skin. It turns out they contain a molecule that protects muscle cells from aging.
As we age, our skin loses its ability to regenerate the mitochondria found in our cells. These mitochondria are crucial for proper functioning.
Urolithin A, the molecule found in pomegranates, helps regenerate defective mitochondria and therefore rebuilds your skin strength for younger looking skin.
Did we mention they also taste delicious?
2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We use extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in a ton of our homemade skin remedies because it offers so many benefits. When it comes to anti aging, EVOO works because it is rich in monounsaturated fats, plus vitamins B and D. Together these properties help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help iron out current wrinkles.
EVOO also helps regenerate skin cells for more resilient, youthful looking skin.
You can benefit from EVOO by using it in your favourite face masks or by eating it.
Blueberries are another power food that strengthen your skin cells. Not only are these tiny berries yummy, but they can reduce skin cell damage.
Full of powerful antioxidants, blueberries reduce the signs of aging by fending off free radicals. Thanks to their natural anti inflammatory properties blueberries can reduce swelling and inflammation that damages your skin and makes you appear older than you are.
4. Green Tea
Green tea is another antioxidant rich food that you will want to add to your diet. This tea contains high levels of OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) that slow down the aging of your skin cells.
Youthful looking skin is a result of moisturized skin and green tea is a great moisturizer. It locks in hydration for plumper, healthier looking skin.
Green tea also contains flavonoids which are responsible for maintaining the elasticity of your skin so it can stretch and rebound back to its original state, without causing any wrinkles or damage.
5. Leafy Greens
Dark leafy green vegetables are our secret weapon against aging. The darker your greens (think kale or swiss chard), the more beta carotene they contain. Beta carotene helps repair damaged cells and renew the appearance of your skin.
Leafy greens also contain folate which is crucial to DNA repair, potassium and lutein which keeps your skin internally hydrated, and fiber which flushes toxins out of your body.
Fish are full of the essential fatty acid Omega 3 that keep your skin looking young and radiant.
Fatty acids are important for young skin because they preserve your natural collagen levels. As you likely know, collagen is the fibrous protein responsible for keeping your skin looking firm.
These fatty acids can also help reduce inflammation in your skin and have several heart health benefits too!
I bet you didn’t know that garlic could be responsible for young looking skin?
Well for years, we didn’t either. It turns out garlic contains a powerful antioxidant that fends off free radicals.
This stinky food also contains natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties prevent skin issues like yeast buildup from dulling your skin and making you look older than you are.
Nature has provided us with so many anti aging foods, you would be silly to not take advantage of them. In combination with a healthy active lifestyle and a solid skin care routine, these foods will help you look younger longer (and even help you ditch skin issues like cellulite!).
Now tell us, what are some foods you swear by to keep you looking young and fresh? Share in the comment section below.