There is no magic apple found in the depths of the Amazon that instantly makes you look 20-years-younger with one bite. There is no secret juice or shake that will shed 5-years off your face. As much as we sometimes wish there was, the answer to looking younger is actually a really boring one (and one we sometimes don’t like hearing because it is a little… well, dull). It is good food and exercise. That’s it. Good food and exercise will keep you glowing on the inside and out and one of the easiest (and quickest) ways to maintain your youth. Foods fuelled with anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, fat-fighting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals consumed on a daily basis not only taste delicious but consumed regularly will have your skin and body reaping the rewards. You will not only start noticing your skin glows and that wrinkles and pigmentation reduces, you will also feel happier, healthier and younger!
Below are 5 foods to look out for when shopping. These options are scrummy, versatile and foods you can incorporate easily into your busy lifestyles.
1. Sweet Potatoes
These guys are like Superman for your skin. ‘Beta-carotene’, which makes these bad boys orange, balances your skin’s pH, helps combat dryness, and promotes cell turnover, all resulting in smoother skin! Roast, steam, smash or boil or chop into fries – sweet potatoes are super versatile and easy to cook. Just think with every bite they are promoting cell turn over. Genius huh?
2. Oranges and Grapefruit Who needs Botox when you’ve got an orange? Vitamin C is essential to building collagen, a vital component of young-looking skin, which starts breaking down in your twenties. Citrus also contains ‘bioflavonoids’, which protect skin from UV rays and help prevent cell death! Thank you Grapefruit Angels!
3. Coconut Oil If you include a table spoon of virgin coconut oil in your diet every day for seven weeks it is meant to boosts skin hydration by 32% in people with mild to moderate eczema. It also gives your skin an amazing glow. And it smells amazing! Use as an alternative to butter or eat it straight from the jar!
Cherry or whole tomatoes – these guys are a great fruit and super ripe in the summer months. The fruit’s red pigment, ‘lycopene’, is a potent antioxidant that shields skin from sun damage—like sunscreen, but from the inside out. Handy tip? For your body to absorb the ‘lycopene’, it is best to eat tomatoes with olive oil. The Greeks were onto a winner with that combination!
5. Wild Salmon
The pigment that makes the fish pink, ‘astaxanthin’, is a powerful foe of free radicals, rogue molecules that damage cell membranes and DNA and cause skin to age. A study found that eating one serving every five days can prevent ‘actinic keratoses’ —ugly rough patches that are pre-cancerous. If you don’t like salmon and fish is still good for you. An easy work option is always tinned fish, too!
So there it is ladies! Remember there is no magic apple to eat or genie that can make you look younger, it’s just about being mindful. So next time you’re at your local Sainsbury’s, Waitrose or Tesco’s keep these foods in mind and stock up on anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, fat-fighting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.