By Danielle Miller, GalTime
There are many skin treatments advertised today, especially during winter, when skin tends to be especially high-maintenance. Some products claim to soften skin and give you a youthful glow, some claim to erase wrinkles. But what if you could help improve the way you look simply by watching what you eat and drink? According to health and nutrition experts, it is possible to look younger by eating specific foods and avoiding others.
Peggy Kotsopoulos, nutritionist and author of Must Have Been Something I Ate, recommends eating certain foods on a regular basis to attain a more youthful complexion:
Red grapes, Black currants, and Goji berries (or wolfberries)
“These fruits contain Polyphenols, antioxidants with amazing health benefits,” advises Kotsopoulos “Goji berries are one of the most beautifying fruits around. Start adding this superfood to your diet and watch the transformation begin! Goji berries are among the highest antioxidant-containing foods and are thought to improve skin complexion and contain anti-aging properties. Their claim to fame is their high concentration of carotenoids, in particular beta carotene, which converts into antioxidant vitamin A and helps treat acne.”
Kakadu plum, Camu camu, Guava, Black Currants, Red pepper, Parsley, Kiwi, and Broccoli
These foods are among the richest in Vitamin C. “Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Not only does it help to protect against oxidative stress and free-radical damage as a result of physical stress, but vitamin C can also helps curb the large spikes in cortisol as a response to mental stress,” says Kotsopoulos.
Turnip greens, Swiss chard, Spinach, Mustard greens and Asparagus
“These foods are rich in copper,” explains Kotsopoulos. “Copper is one of the most abundant minerals in our body and is essential in the production of the enzyme found in the skin that repairs all damage caused by free-radicals and produces skin-building cells. It also aids in the production of collagen and is what gives color to hair, skin and eyes.”
Leeks, Cucumber skin, Green beans and Strawberries
“These foods are rich in Silica,” advises Kotsopoulos. “Silica is a trace mineral essential for healthy skin. It strengthens connective tissues, tendons, cartilage, muscles, hair and nails. Silica improves your skin’s elasticity and helps repair wounds.”
There are also certain foods that experts say actually age your skin when part of your regular diet. These include: