It’s no surprise to learn that there’s not a single food alone that will prevent wrinkles and ageing, both internal and external.
But focusing on a predominately organic plant-based diet rich in colourful phytonutrients, healthy fats and collagen-building proteins will keep your skin beautifully and naturally nourished from the inside-out, and the internal workings of your body healthy too.
Skin is a reflection of what is going on inside the body, plus a combination of genetic inheritance, hormones and lifestyle but the way you ‘feed your skin’ really does have a fundamental part to play in the way we age.
“The following skin-feeding foods when eaten regularly and part of a balanced diet will work to boost skin, support your digestive system and keep you looking as glowingly youthful as possible,” Jessica Shand naturopathic nutrition coach at Potion London, told us.
Most nuts will benefit the skin thanks to high content of healthy fats and walnuts are especially skin strengthening being one of the richest plant sources of omega-3.
The Selenium found in Brazil nuts is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from free radicals and can also help keep skin clear from breakouts too.
This protein rich fermented milk ingredient has a high concentration of bacteria, yeasts and is full of skin loving amino acids. It will promote a healthy balance of gut flora and will heal any overgrowth of ‘bad bacteria’, resulting in a positive (and in some cases dramatic) impact on the look and quality of the skin. Probiotics and prebiotics are skin heroes!
A powerhouse of anti-ageing vitamins and minerals puy lentils are also great for their slow release energy and to keep blood sugar levels at bay to prevent insulin spikes that will almost certainly create havoc for your skin.
Loaded with antioxidant lycopene tomatoes, especially when cooked, will create an external beauty barrier against free radicals, sun, inflammation, stress and pollution.
The high levels of vitamin K found in broccoli will help boost circulation, strengthen capillaries and help fight dark circles. Also contains vitamin C, A, folate, calcium and fibre a true beauty-feeding cocktail!
An internal moisturiser, avocados are full of monounsaturated fats which moisturise the skin from the inside and provide the skin with fibre and vitamin E to protect against UV damage and help keep skin elastic and strong.
The dark colour of this vegetable indicates the high level of antioxidant and phytochemical anthocyanin (also found in blueberries, plums, cranberries and blackcurrants) which helps fight against ageing free-radicals whilst the flesh being high in dietary fibre and vitamin B which contributes to radiant skin.
Super rich in skin brightening vitamin C, kiwi fruit will aid growth and repair of tissues through collagen production.