During consultations and after surgeries, one of the most frequently asked questions we get asked is, ‘Which foods should I be eating to prolong my youthful skin?’ It’s a good question, and the truth is, a balanced diet full of vegetables, fruit, fish, meat and chocolate (yes chocolate!) will protect the skin and aid recovery should you experience facial flaws. However, if we had to pick 5 great foods that we truly believe in, then these would be it:
- Full of Anthocyanins which fight inflammation and tissue damage, known to speed up the ageing process.
- Contains Vitamin C which protects against potential sun damage such as sun spots.
- Loaded with Antioxidants that reduce the effects of stress, exercise and pollution.
Serving Suggestion: Blend with other berries for a delicious fruit smoothie.
- Astaxanthin-rich, which protects cells from inflammation, sun damage and is said to have greater antioxidant ability than Vitamins A, C and E.
- A great source of Omega-3 which boosts the skin’s membrane, retaining useful moisture yet ensuring harmful substances can’t pass through.
- Also contains Selenium which increases the body’s resistance to illness, stress and cell damage.
Serving Suggestion: In chunks with fettuccine and soft cream sauce for a tasty Italian dish.
- Filled to the brim with Flavanols, which increases blood flow to the skin.
- Contains Polyphenols that reduce the effects of wrinkles and increase skin elasticity.
- Cocoa has been linked to protecting the nerves from injuries, allowing scars to heal quickly.
Serving Suggestion: Bake into oatmeal cookies for an added source of moisture and antioxidants.
- Loaded with Lycopene which protects the skin from harmful bacteria as well as sun and light damage.
- Induces collagen production, which strengthens the skin.
- Contains Potassium which aid water and nutrient regulation within skin cells.
Serving Suggestion: Place in a salad with lettuce, chicken chunks and olive oil.
So, maybe not a food per say, but a worthwhile source of anti-ageing elements all the same.
- Stops telomere (part of our DNA) shortening, which has been linked to ageing and diseases.
- Protects elastin’s ability to form, keeping the skin smooth.
- For those dealing with Eczema, Rosacea or other such skin ailments, Turmeric can calm flare-ups and even prevent its formation.
Serving Suggestion: Add to a soothing soup after a long day at work.
All we can say is, Bon Appetite!