If you are like me, you can sometimes be a sucker for the latest skin care product that promises to erase wrinkles, balance skin tone, and increase glow. Who doesn’t want more glow? We all know there is no such thing as youth in a bottle, but Mother Nature has provided us the closest thing to finding the Fountain of Youth- our FOOD!
Organic fruits and vegetables, water and exercise can boost the health of your skin better than anything you’ll ever find over the counter or in a package. Let’s take a look at some food based ingredients found in beauty products and how you can get your fill naturally.
Vitamin C rich foods help can help to prevent wrinkles and ease skin dryness, they also fight against free radical damage and help to increase much needed collagen production- so no wonder it is found in so many beauty products. Consume foods like citrus, strawberries, blueberries and bell peppers on the daily.
Caffeine is also found in many skin care products today- why? Nutrients in coffee can be protective to the body’s cells. Some studies have shown that healthy amounts of caffeine can help to diminish cancerous cells and even greatly reduce your risk for skin cancer.
Lycopene and Lutein. These nutrients (called carotenoids) found in foods like watermelon, tomatoes and carrots, kale, spinach and pumpkins can help to smooth the skin, and protect it from harmful sun rays.
Omega 3 fatty acids found in foods like salmon and flax seeds protect your skin from free radical damage, preserve collagen and reduce inflammation. Make sure to get your serving by consuming ground flax seeds daily and/or a few helpings of fresh fatty fish such as salmon, tuna or sardines. To find out why flax seeds are best consumed ground (and not whole) read this post.
H2O. Water! Are you drinking some right now? Make sure to hydrate your skin from the inside out by drinking adequate amounts of water for your body’s needs. Add in some lemon for an extra boost of vitamin C and a naturally detoxifying refreshment.
Consuming foods rich in anti-oxidants helps to blast free-radical damage. To understand free radical damage, make sure to check out my blog post on that HERE.
Below is your anti-aging shopping list to feed your body with powerful phytonutrients and natural wrinkle fighters, make sure to buy these wrinkle fighting foods organic to limit your pesticide/herbicide/fungicide exposure:
- Bell Peppers
- Pumpkin seeds
- Flax seed meal (ground flax seeds) – great in smoothies or salads
- Hemp seeds – great in smoothies or salads
- Yerbe mate green tea
- Lemons – use with water, daily
- fresh salmon (not farmed) 1x week