Scientific research makes it abundantly clear that a healthy diet wards off disease and helps maintain a healthy body. Less well known, however, is that diet also affects our appearance as we age! When it comes to looking younger, there are certain foods that actually slow down the outward signs of aging—wrinkles, sagging, dull skin and more!
The latest research clearly shows how a skin-friendly diet can help your skin build healthy new collagen, improve its elasticity, make your skin look radiant, and even reduce breakouts. Without question the foods we list below, along with exercise, a good skin-care routine, and staying out of the sun, will make a HUGE difference in your appearance!
Here is your recipe for younger-looking skin. Bon appetit!
Berries play an important role in your appearance because they are full of antioxidants, which protect your skin from the free radicals that contribute to aging. The darker the berry, the better: blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, acai, and strawberries are known to have high concentrations of antioxidants. Fresh is best, but frozen berries are good, too!
Salmon is loaded with omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants, such as astaxanthin. Eating salmon can reduce sun damage, reduce inflammation that leads to collagen breakdown, and help skin look young, plump, and radiant.
If you’re not a fan of fish, there are other sources of potent essential fatty acids that benefit skin, including flaxseed, avocadoes, and walnuts. You can also take omega-3 fish oil supplements (but check with your doctor first).
3) Sweet Potatoes, Fruits, and Leafy Greens
Foods rich in beta carotene have anti-aging benefit because they slow the damage caused by sun exposure. Think sweet potatoes; orange, red, or yellow fruits; vegetables such as carrots, bell peppers, and butternut squash; and leafy greens, including kale, spinach, and broccoli. Another great source of antioxidants which most of us eat regularly? Tomatoes!
Why not throw in some flavor to help keep your skin wrinkle-free and younger looking? Add spices like cardamom, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, licorice powder, tamarind, and turmeric to your favorite recipes. These spices have a variety of amazing benefits for skin, including fighting sun damage, and some have antibacterial properties. They’re also a brilliant way to make mundane meals like grilled chicken sizzle with flavor!
5) Green Tea
Green tea is an anti-aging superstar well-studied in regard to its antioxidant, collagen-protecting, and anti-inflammatory properties. A cup a day may help keep wrinkles at bay!
Don’t like tea? Red wine is another drink praised for its anti-aging abilities due to its high concentration of antioxidants, including resveratrol. Just remember to drink it in moderation.
What to avoid…
It turns out that sweet stuff can put your skin on the fast track to looking older. We know, we know… that’s not fair, but facts are facts! A diet high in sugar triggers an age-accelerating process in our bodies known as glycation. Glycation causes collagen breakdown and loss of skin elasticity, plus it increases the likelihood of wrinkling and sagging, and can increase the effects of sun damage.
So, it’s obvious you should avoid sweets such as cake, cookies, and sweetened sodas (most have more than 10 teaspoons of sugar per can), but you also should watch out for any foods that contain brown sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup, or honey, because as far as the body is concerned, honey is just sugar in a different form. Avoid certain fruit juice drinks, white bread, many breakfast cereals, and sugar-laden yogurts.
If your diet is overloaded with salt, it will take a toll on your looks. Bloating, puffiness, and tired-looking skin are but a few of the consequences of too much salt. Beware of salty foods, such as potato chips, processed dinners, fast-food meals, and canned soups.
If salt is a must, use sea salt: It has more minerals and is thought to be more flavorful (so you’ll use less) than regular table salt.
It’s amazing what effect eating right can have on your skin and your body. Just remember: Keep your diet varied so that you reap all the possible benefits for your skin. We’ll leave you with a few more skin-friendly foods to add to your anti-aging grocery list:
• Apples, melons, fresh figs (just about any fruit)
• Deep green, leafy vegetables
• Kidney beans
• Olive oil (with balsamic vinegar, it’s a far better salad dressing than pre-packaged versions)
• Quinoa (delicious alternative to white rice)
• Red beans
• Seaweed (think sushi)
• Soybeans (really, try it!)
• Halibut (or just about any fish, from trout to tuna)
Watch the video and then go to Skin Deep to find out how safe your products are.
Due to the financially “interesting” times we currently find ourselves in, it has never been a better time to save some money by making things at home that provide a cheaper alternative to store bought products and also offers a way to recover the investment by selling the surplus.
I’m referring to soap making specifically, but it applies to many crafts that we would normally only consider a hobby.
It is also interesting to note that even though the current recession is making people tighten their belts financially, it means that they are also vacationing closer to home and this is having a positive effect on local businesses and local gift stores are the ideal place to strike up a deal to sell your soaps.
Is this a bit of a leap?
Let me explain. Soap making has been a very popular home craft for many years, it is very easy to do and offers many opportunities for creative minds. It can also be very therapeutic for the skin, if anyone in your family suffers from problem skin, natural home made soap can provide a welcome alternative to the range of “detergents” currently masquerading as soap in the supermarkets.
Gary Everson, a friend of mine in the crafts arena has been involved in soap making for some years and has just created a video which
demonstrates exactly how to create all natural, home made soap using the hot process.
If you have been involved in crafts for some time you may already be familiar with the most popular home soap making process – the “cold” process, you may also be aware that it has a major drawback… once you have taken the time to make the soap, you then have to store it for a month or longer to cure, before you can use it.
With “hot” process soap, the method is very similar, but the soap is cured by cooking it. This takes a little longer on the day, but not very much longer. Then once the soap has been made and left to set – plus a day or two to harden a little – your soap is ready to use.
With the added bonus that you have a natural product that is extremely high quality, great for your family’s skin and you have extra left over to give as gifts, or sell via your local gift store.
In addition to this, Gary has also prepared a free bonus video which explains how to quickly and easily make a re-usable soap mold in which to set your new batch of soap before cutting it into bars ready for use.
You can download it immediately from here.
Hope you enjoy it!
Well it is now Januray 2nd of the new year and I thought I would start in each room of the house and really take a look to see what I could find. You know how we do it, get a large garbage bag and just start pitching things.
Took down the tree, packed up all the Christmas things and headed to the master bedroom, then the guest bedroom and then, yes you guest it, my office.
You will not believe what I found in the closet. Melt and Pour Soap of Aloe Vera, Goats Milk, Hemp, Olive Oil and Shea Butter. I also found supplies to make body whips, body scrubs and lip balms.
So I guess I need to order some fragrances so I can show you how to make some great products!!
Ok, I’m out of here to go get my order ready!!
I started making my own products in 1998, well watch the video and you will understand why. And to think the products you bought back then were safer than they are today.
Are you making your own products? If not, I hope you are buying them from someone who does?
Wow, the holidays snuck up on me this year. I have been so busy at work that Christmas will be here and gone before I know it. I guess it’s time to start thinkging about my new years resolution.
No, it’s not going to be I promise to go to the gym, go on a diet, walk 5 miles a day or anything that just goes in one ear and out the other. No, it’s going to be different this year.
My resolution is going to be
1. To take life one step at a time. I always put to much pressure on myself to perform perfectly in what ever I do. So I will be more forgiving of my downfalls.
2. I will try something new and different. I always wanted to throw pottery. Maybe I will go out and buy a wheel and give it a spin.
Leave your comments and share what you will be doing in 2011.
I would like to take this time to welcome everyone to my journey in sharing sassy sexy skin through handmade products.
I will be sharing all kinds of information from how to make products, how to find supplies, the best books and a lot of education.
It’s going to be a journey of fun and friendship.
Until next time,