Serums, creams and lotions are essential to looking younger for longer. But when it comes to taking care of your skin from the inside, I’m a firm believer in the age old adage “you are what you eat”. Whilst water is key to keeping skin clear, fresh and hydrated, more and more, studies are finding that certain nutrients in foods play a role in maintaining younger more radiant-looking skin.
Here are five favourites to boost radiance, clear acne and keep your skin looking fresh and youthful.
Believe it or not, collagen production starts to decline from as young as your twenties. Edamame beans are a great source of protein and are rich in isoflavones which help to prevent the breakdown of collagen, which in turn, might help to keep your skin firm and wrinkle-free for longer. Blanch the beans in boiling water and then sprinkle with sea salt and sesame seeds to taste.
Ceramides have been a key ingredient in anti-ageing skincare products for years. These lipid molecules help skin maintain its own natural moisture. Brown rice contains naturally occurring ceramides which when eaten, get incorporated into the outer layer of the skin helping to significantly improve hydration.
Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Not only are they ideal for increasing skin’s elasticity and resilience as we age, but they are also a good source of ellagic acid which reduces inflammation in the body, in turn reducing the breakdown of collagen and improving cell turnover.
Green tea has long been known as a magic beauty brew. This powerful drink is packed full of beautifying antioxidants that keep skin firm and bright. It also has the ability to lower a hormone called dihydrotestosterone which causes blemishes and inflames acne-prone skin. Drink three to five cups per day to reap the full benefits for your skin
Tests have found that lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, may also help to reduce acne-promoting hormones, combating acne and keeping your skin clearer. What’s more, tomatoes help to defend skin from the effects of UV rays. They contain antioxidants that fight the free radicals produced from excessive sun exposure. That doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen though.