There are a lot of ways you can keep looking young. From an endless palette of various products, treatments, all the way up to the regular training and daily routine. Still, one of the best ways for keeping your skin young and wrinkle-free is to take care of the food you’re eating.

Studies have shown that various foods have different effects on the skin, and regulating your diet helps not just with your skin, but also with your entire organism. Here are some of the foods that can help rejuvenate your skin, and make you feel younger overall.

1. Coffee

Various articles are indicating the bad sides of coffee. It can stain your teeth, some people claim they are addicted to it, and some can’t imagine starting a day without one. But is there something more to our beloved morning beverage?

The answer is – yes. Coffee is packed with bioactive compounds and elements which influence our organism in different ways. Besides helping us wake up, some of the properties of coffee have shown significant potential in cancer research. Various studies have shown that regular coffee drinkers have a way lower chance of developing malignant skin cancer than those who don’t consume coffee at all. Also, caffeine is present in a lot of skin products, as it has proven qualities for cellulite removal, and inflammation treatments.

2. Oats

It’s known that oats and other whole-grained foods are generally filled with healthy compounds and molecules that can help our body in various ways.

One of the biggest reasons for such effectiveness is that oats pack great nutritional value, yet they don’t make your blood sugar levels jump through the roof. This means that these foods are low in sugar, yet have big energy value. Sugars and high-glycemic food like pasta, rice, refined flour bread, etc, also have big energy values, but those sugar levels are known for inducing wrinkles and acne. Oats are also known to help skin become softer and lighter when regularly consumed.

3. Fish and marine products

Fish, and especially fatty fish, as well as practically all marine animals, are packed with healthy properties. Eating marine products help your organism develop a stronger immune system, it helps with brain cell regeneration, overall concentration, cardiovascular system protection, and it provides you with great nutritional values.

Marine protein powder combined with vitamins helps regenerate skin cells in the scalp and it helps with increasing hair growth. Zinc found in shellfish is great for acne, and also for skin regeneration. Omega-3-fats protect against inflammation, while astaxanthin, a carotenoid found in salmon, makes your skin softer and more elastic. Generally – fish and seafood represent a health bomb for your organism.

4. Olive oil

When it comes to sun protection, there’s no better food than olive oil. Known for its various health benefits like regulating blood pressure or preventing various metabolic syndromes, olive oil is also known for its amazing sun-protecting features.

A great source of monosaturated fat, olive oil has amazing anti-inflammatory abilities, it can reduce pain and damage to the skin, and it can also provide a solid protection from sunlight exposure. Some of its properties are also to make skin firmer and more elastic, and due to its healing power, olive oil can also be applied directly to your skin. Although extra virgin olive oil is the one with the most healing properties, refined and processed olive oils are also very healthy for your organism.

5. Avocados

Extremely versatile, delicious, and rich in healthy fat, minerals, vitamins and fibres, avocados are amazing fruit. It helps cardiovascular system, decreases inflammatory problems, and can even help with blood sugar regulation.

Its compounds are filled with monosaturated fat, oleic acid and omega-9 fatty acid and fatty alcohols which help skin cells regenerate quickly, and they also keep the skin moisturised.  They can provide solid skin protection, as well as strong protection against sun damage. Experts from Happy Healthy Wellbeing Centre indicate that avocado has great DNA reparation abilities. Various nutritionists and professional wellness and nutrition centres indicate the usefulness and applicability of avocado in nutritional treatments.

6. Pomegranates

Vitamins are great for your skin. Vitamin C is the one responsible for preventing your skin go dry. It’s one of the most important antioxidants, and it is extremely important for skin rejuvenation process.

Pomegranates seeds are incredibly filled with this important vitamin, some researchers say even more than oranges and other citrus fruits. Some of its known health properties include making skin firmer and elevating skin’s natural resistance to UV damaging effects. To top it all, pomegranates properties help repair already damaged skin and speed up the process of skin cells regeneration. And it has a number of other great health benefits too like blood sugar level regulation, cancer treatment application and inflammation regulation.

7. Tomatoes

People usually take tomatoes for granted. It’s practically an everyday food item for quite a number of people around the world. But studies have shown that tomatoes have various healthy tricks within their properties.

Besides being rich in antioxidants and vitamins, which reduce stroke risk, tomatoes are rich in a compound named lycopene. This compound is a carotenoid that has abilities to help regenerate skin cells. It also directly influences the dryness of the skin and can significantly influence the depth of wrinkles. Combining tomatoes with healthy fats can boost the absorption of lycopene, and can speed up the regeneration process of your skin.

8. Kale

There are a number of people that don’t like kale. This vegetable can seem a bit unfriendly with its dark green veiny leaves, but it is packed with healthy nutrients.

Loads of minerals, filled with iron, and a lot of vitamin K, are just some of the things making this a healthy super-vegetable. Kale regulates levels of iron in your blood, makes your skin more elastic and lively, returns the colour to your skin and also regulates blood clotting and helps in cancer treatments, all of which makes it a really a great source for healthy skin.

If you take care of your diet, it will reflect on your body, it’s as simple as that. These are just some of the foods that can provide your organism with what it needs to make your skin look younger, but well-balanced diet is truly what will make you “shine.”

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Author: Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith is a cycling enthusiast, a business consultant and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success.

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