Look again ladies. Searching feverishly at the beauty counter for your next cosmetic fix may be fruitless. Emma Bangay discovers that the best anti-ageing finds actually reside in your fridge.
“The health of your skin is largely dependent upon the presence and retention of moisture,” explains health coach, nutritionist and author of ‘Supercharged Food, Eat Yourself Beautiful’, Lee Holmes.
“One way to ensure that your skin is glowing and healthy is to drink adequate amounts of water and eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, proteins and good fats to keep your body moisturised from the inside and in the epidermis, the top layer of your skin where moisture is held,” she suggests.
“It’s no secret it’s better to steer clear of processed foods, refined sugars and saturated fats to avoid diet-related beauty problems.”
So what should you be stocking up on in order to feed your face with goodness?
Lee’s top 5 beauty boosting foods:
Berries are high in antioxidants and phytochemicals that have been associated with healthy ageing and increasing the effectiveness of Vitamin C, giving your immune system a healthy boost. And this epic level of internal joy shows all over your face!
“Loaded with the ultimate anti-ageing nutrient- Omega3, salmon helps to reverse the effects of sun damage on your skin,” Lee explains. “It is also an amazing source of Vitamin D to make sure you hair is glowing, and your fingernails and musculoskeletal system remain strong.”
High in protein and Vitamin E, nuts are the perfect snack, Lee says. So next time you get the munchies, ensure you satiate it whilst simultaneously giving your complexion a boost with a handful of unsalted nuts to improve skin tone and radiance.
Dark Leafy Greens
As we age, the turnover of new skin cells slows, so Vitamin A - found in dark leafy greens - supports cell turnover in addition to supplying the body with the top four essential minerals- calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.
Once you’ve got a taste for sardines, your skin will love you for it. Fantastic for hair, skin and nails, thanks to the good fats and protein found within them, sardines are a simple go-to snack that truly boosts so many elements of beauty.
3 foods to avoid:
Alcohol activates glucocortoid secretion in the body, which leads to elevated stress hormones encircling the body Lee explains. “Chronic exposure to these hormones results in acceleration of the ageing process and nerve cell damage.”
Although it supplies the everyday kick that so many of us crave, coffee can exacerbate skin troubles Lee cautions. “Due to its high temperature, coffee can cause rosacea or redness,” she explains. “Caffeine also acts as a diuretic, which prevents you from holding water, therefore dehydrating your skin.”
Aside from the hidden calories, refined sugar damages the proteins within your body, including collagen and elastin, the protein fibres that keep skin firm and elastic. So by cutting out refined sugar, you are allowing cells to thrive.