Eating to Keep Young: Diet for Anti-Aging

No matter how young you feel, your face is a reflection of your life. Years of smiles, frowns, good times and bad may be etched in the crow's feet, laughter lines and wrinkles that we all acquire over time, but no-one wants to look older than they have to.

We are what we eat, and that not only applies to our waistline but also to our faces. Checkout what you should be eating to enjoy a youthful-looking skin with a diet geared towards anti-aging.

Vitamin C Reduces Wrinkles
You may have been tempted by the expensive vitamin C serums that are an excellent defense against wrinkles. If you shudder at the expensive price tag, why not consider taking vitamin C is its natural form – in oranges. Studies show that those with a diet high in vitamin C and linoleic acid are less prone to wrinkles.

Antioxidants Provide Stress-Free Skin
While on the subject of fruit, berries are a well-known source of antioxidants that protect the skin from natural aging. They minimize the effects of environmental stress on our skin and help protect cells from damaging free-radicals. That inner health and vitality will shine through in a glowing healthy skin.

Water Helps Counter Dry Flaky Skin
As we age our oil-producing sebaceous glands produce less oil. The good news is that acne and spots are a thing of the past, but in their place comes dry flaky skin. Drinking water promotes the circulation beneath the skin, keeping the skin moist and supple. Water is considered the most important component for young-looking skin as it eliminates the toxins and waste that is produced in the body.

Omega-3 Oils Keep Skin Cells Plump and Moist
Omega-3 fatty acids help hold in the skin's moisture, plumping out the cells to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Omega-3 is found naturally in oily fish such as salmon and tuna which are also a good source of high quality protein. Other natural sources of omega-3 are flaxseed, nuts and avocadoes.

These are all positive things we can do to keep skin looking young, but here's something we should avoid or protect against.

Sun Damage Ages Skin
Although sunshine is very beneficial for producing vitamin D, the effect of those ultraviolet rays can be harmful to the skin. We cannot spend our life hiding from the sun, but taking preventative measures when we are young will pay dividends in later life. Leathery skin, wrinkles and brown spots are all directly caused by sun and overexposure to the sun's rays is known to cause skin cancer which requires radical treatment.

A good sunscreen should be applied even on cloudy days and wearing sunglasses will minimize lines around the eyes caused by squinting. Tomatoes and other lycopene-rich foods have been found to increase the skin's natural protection against the sun. As a bonus, tomatoes also promote the production of procollagen which keeps the skin firm.

One final beauty tip is to mix up a natural beauty soak for your whole body. Simply blend 2 cups of pineapple juice with one cup of coconut milk and one cup of fat-free milk. Add it to your bathwater then lie back with an avocado face mask in place and soak as the natural products work their magic. Finally, shower off and apply a luxurious fruit-based body lotion.

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