By Dr. Sean Daneshmand
The beauty industry is one of the largest around, but science tells us that the secrets to lasting beauty are diet and lifestyle. The problem is most people want a quick-fix for beautiful skin. When, in reality, this is something that requires real work.
It’s true though, that you can get glowing skin from using high-end beauty products. But, why spend tons of money on skin-enhancing products if there’s a more effective option? This article takes a look at seven anti-aging foods that will help transform your skin so you can step out every day looking awesome!
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then it helps to add a few slices of tomato to your salad. This is because tomatoes are loaded with lycopene. A compound that minimizes the effects of sun exposure and improves collagen function to give you smoother, softer skin. Consuming raw tomatoes will allow you to get lycopene in the highest amounts. This translates into fewer wrinkles and furrows, and better skin in general. Keep in mind that lycopene also prevents heart disease, so there’s that!
Papayas happen to be rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are needed to keep your skin healthy and glowing. They also improve elasticity, which is important for keeping those fine lines at bay. The problem is we think of them as baby food. However, babies aren’t the only ones that require good nutrition to stay healthy and look good.
Here’s what else you’ll get from papaya:
- Vitamins A, C, K, E
- B Vitamins
There’s a whole supply of antioxidants here that help with cell restoration and removing free radicals – which, you’ll find is particularly important to skin care. Another reason to make the papaya part your skin care routine is that it also contains papain. An anti-aging compound that also doubles as an anti-inflammatory agent. Papain is great when combined with exfoliating products but check for product labeling when purchasing exfoliates. Stick with products that mostly use natural ingredients as these are gentler on the skin.
Avocados are a great source of Vitamin E, the building block of good skin. They also prevent inflammation and may be used when treating long-standing problems such as dryness, acne, or generally bad skin. These are the main nutrients in avocado:
- Vitamins A, C, E, K
- B vitamins
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and will strengthen your immune system to get rid of toxins and to fight infections. Vitamin A speeds up the shedding of dead skin cells to make space for clear, glowing skin.
Avocados also contain carotenoids, which play a role in detoxifying the skin, especially after extensive UV exposure. Bear in mind that UV exposure is damaging to your skin. While eating fruits and veggies does minimize the damage, it doesn’t prevent UV rays from altering the cells in your skin. Always wear sunscreen when going out.
Teas are calming and full of healthy nutrients that are good for both the body and mind. Drink green tea to fill your body with powerful antioxidants and polyphenols that fight free radicals and reduce the chance of developing cancer. Green tea also protects the skin from sunburn and inflammation. Research indicates that some of the polyphenols present in green tea are used by the skin to reactivate dormant and dying cells. This is can go a long way toward restoring your skin’s youthful glow. Other ingredients present in green tea include Vitamins C, D, K; magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc.
Blueberries are a good source of antioxidants and an effective way to eliminate free radicals. They help free the body of toxins that would otherwise build up and damage your skin cells, making your skin look dull and wrinkly. Here’s what blueberries contain:
- Vitamins A, C, E
Anthocyanin is an antioxidant that gives blueberries their characteristic dark blue shade. They protect your skin from environmental damage and lifestyle habits that speed up aging. Eat them regularly to keep your body supplied with essential skin-friendly nutrients.
To keep skin looking smooth and hydrated you need dark green vegetables in your diet. Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamins, minerals such as iron and magnesium, and lutein. It’s also another way to load up on antioxidants and promote soft, smooth skin. Spinach contains a relatively high amount of Vitamin A and C and this is what makes it important to skin care. Dark green veggies, in general, have all the ingredients needed for thick, flowing hair, strong nails, and smooth skin. They also prevent inflammation and promote cell renewal.
Not many people associate carrots with skincare. This is because we’ve gotten used to the Vitamin A content (and its value in maintaining good eyesight) as the most notable active ingredient. But, there’s more to carrots than that. Carrots are surprisingly beneficial to skin care and should be consumed regularly to supply the skin with much-needed antioxidants. Here’s what you get from carrots:
- Vitamins A, C, E, K
- B vitamins (some, not all)
Other useful benefits from carrots include Vitamin K, which is useful in the preservation of bone health and would be ideal for people with osteoporosis. If you‘d like to add more fruits and vegetables, to your diet, pick fruits that have a deep, rich color. This usually indicates that it has more vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients that help keep your skin healthy and beautiful. Add some color to your plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
The key to proper skin care is combining these types of foods with a lifestyle that promotes good health. Exercise can be very useful for maintaining radiant skin because it helps to remove toxins, create firmer skin, and it reduces stress. All these factors are important to skin care, so consider widening your beauty routine to incorporate things like regular workouts, hydration, and of course, eating healthy food.
About the Author
Dr. Sean Daneshmand has been nominated as a “Top Doctor in San Diego” as published in San Diego Magazine continuously since 2008-2018. He has also completed extensive training in Aesthetic procedures including Vaser Liposelection and has been the Medical Director of Ageless and beautiful Medical Spa since May 2005.