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Looking to get younger looking skin? It might be a good time to look at your diet and see if you’re consuming enough of these youth enhancing foods.
Carrots and tomatoes
Carrots and tomatoes contain betacarotene – which is the precursor of vitamin A. After the body digests foods that contain betacarotene, it then converts them to vitamin A (retinol).
This chemical stimulates skin cell growth and builds collagen – a structural protein present in the skin which is essential for skin elasticity.
Betacarotene is also a good anti-ageing food because it blocks antioxidants. Antioxidants are our body’s defences against free radicals – highly-reactive molecules that may lead to premature ageing and disease.
Free radicals are a by-product of the normal usage of oxygen by the body, but they can also arise from pollution, over-exercising and sunlight exposure.
Lemons and limes are good sources of vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect the skin against ageing. Like vitamin A, vitamin C contained in citrus fruit is essential for the production of collagen in the skin.
Lemon pith is also rich in bioflavonoids – a biologically active compound found in the rinds of citrus fruits. These help strengthen the tiny blood capillaries in the skin and prevent unattractive broken veins.
Hazelnuts and brazilnuts
Nuts are high in essential fatty acids and when digested act as a support to those essential fatty acids already naturally present in the skin cells. Essential fatty acids help to replenish collagen, naturally moisturise the skin and help to promote skin firmness. Nuts also contain anti-inflammatory properties which helps to ensure that the skin stays smooth and unpimpled.
Avocados are rich in the antioxidant vitamin C, helping to protect the skin against ageing. Avocados also contain essential fats, the building blocks of collagen, a structural protein contained in the skin essential for elasticity. You can try applying avocado externally too. Mashed to a pulp, avocado flesh makes a nourishing treat for dry, lack-lustre skin.
(Thanks to the Daily Mail for these tips).
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