You can’t stop ageing, but you can certainly slow it down — or at least reduce the appearance of it. Load up on these antioxidant-rich foods to keep fine lines at bay and help your skin stay silky smooth.
We all know that greens keep our insides squeaky clean, but did you know that they are also some of the hardest workers when it comes to fighting ageing? The humble broccoli is loaded with antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C, which have been proven to protect the skin from ageing. Broccoli also speeds up your body’s detoxification process, and in doing so, it helps to shed old skin cells and make way for new ones (just like exfoliation does, only better!).
Shiny, red tomatoes are not only bursting with flavour, but they are also anti-ageing powerhouses. Their acidic properties are great at giving your skin a helping hand: They work to eliminate oil, reduce the size of pores and clear the bacteria that causes adult acne. If you’re more concerned about dullness than breakouts, you’re in luck: Tomatoes also contain lycopene, an antioxidant that fights cellular damage and — you guessed it — slows down ageing.
The omega-3 found in oily fish like salmon has a host of health benefits. Along with aiding weight loss, relieving arthritis and preventing heart disease, the essential fatty acids found in salmon smooth and clarify your skin. For the best results, aim to eat three serves of salmon every week. If you want to mix it up, mackerel and anchovies are great alternatives — just remember to keep your portion sizes fairly small (about the size of your palm).
Olive oil — and we’re talking the good, extra-virgin stuff — packs a powerful punch when it comes to tackling the signs of ageing. The best thing about olive oil? It has properties that help to keep you looking youthful on the inside and out. To start off with, the monosaturated fats (aka “good fats”) in olive oil reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. It also contains polyphenols, an antioxidant that combats the outward signs of ageing (like “loose” skin) and helps create that “glow” we all know and love.
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With so many vitamins and minerals, it’s no wonder spinach has earned the “superfood” label. This leafy green vegetable is rich in vitamin A, which is a master at moisture retention. In other words, it boosts your skin’s health and radiance, and keeps the wrinkles at bay. It also has plenty of dietary fibre, which not only aids digestion, but also helps to clean the toxins out of your system. A detoxified body leads to clear skin. Spinach contains flavonoids (those antioxidants found in blueberries) and vitamin K, which fight cancer and boost brainpower. If you want to look younger (and feel smarter!), eat at least one serve of spinach every day.
This fruit may be tiny, but it has more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals than almost any other. It’s gold in the superfood world, and if you’re going to add one anti-ageing food to your diet, make it blueberries. We’ll explain why. The flavonoids in blueberries protect the body against ageing by neutralising free radicals — those nasties that break your skin cells and cause wrinkles and sagging. Blueberries also contain huge amounts of vitamins C, B, E, A and anthocynanin, which prevent toxin build up and work to smooth and clarify your skin. If you’re still not sold, consider this: These little berries reduce the chance of weight gain and cancer.
Pomegranate is as beneficial as it is pretty to look at. This colourful fruit is absolutely packed with antioxidants, which fight the cell-damaging free radicals that cause wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Convinced? If you don’t already have pomegranate in your diet, start throwing a handful into smoothies and salads every day.