These 10 Foods Help Youthfulness in the Skin

By Rebecca Monaghan


The old saying goes, you are what you eat, and too much disbelief there’s truth to it. Healthy skin starts from within which means that your skin’s condition can reflect what you’re consuming.

In terms of how our skin changes as we mature, our twenties should be treated as our preventative years, with a focus to protect our skin from environmental damage. This then transitions to our thirties. During this decade, the epidermis (outer layer of skin) starts to thin resulting in a drier complexion. Collagen will break down meaning that there is a decline in skin elasticity; this introduces the emergence of fine lines and dark circles. Whilst our skin’s journey transitions as we age, together with getting enough sleep and exercise, the food you consume can lend a hand in maintaining a youthful glow and delaying the signs of ageing.

Green Tea

Green tea has been hailed a skin saviour for centuries which is no surprise due to its endless health benefits. It is one of the most powerful antioxidant sources as it contains polyphenols (micronutrients often found in plant-based food) which neutralises free radicals and protects the skin against sun damage. Our Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser is formulated with green tea, this powerful brightening cleanser has been designed to correct dull and uneven complexions that will minimise the look of pigmentation, discolouration and flushing. Used both in your morning and evening routine, this cleanser will remove the build-up of dirt and oil as well as leave the skin refined, tight and brighter.

It doesn’t stop there, green tea cleanses the body and despite having a significantly less amount of caffeine to coffee, it is said to improve physical performance. This powerful, yet natural antioxidant also kills bacteria and helps to improve dental health.

Salmon

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, implementing salmon into your diet 2-3 times a week will retain moisture and help to increase skin’s elasticity, something we naturally lose as we mature. Vitamin D is a pivotal component to prevent signs of ageing as it helps repair skin cells and prompts growth. While it isn’t naturally found in a lot of food, salmon contains around 75 per cent of your recommended daily intake in just one fillet.

Red/Yellow Bell Peppers

Reap the anti-ageing benefits from produce you already own.

Loaded with antioxidants and containing more Vitamin C than oranges, bell peppers will help to support the skin’s structure whilst acting as a catalyst for collagen production. According to Self’s Nutrition Data, a cup of chopped green bell peppers contain 200% of your daily Vitamin C requirements - this will help neutralise the free radicals that can cause skin stress and premature ageing.

THESE 10 FOODS HELP YOUTHFULNESS IN THE SKIN

By Rebecca Monaghan

The old saying goes, you are what you eat, and to much disbelief there’s truth to it. Healthy skin starts from within which means that your skin’s condition can reflect what you’re consuming.

In terms of how our skin changes as we mature, our twenties should be treated as our preventative years, with a focus to protect our skin from environmental damage. This then transitions to our thirties. During this decade, the epidermis (outer layer of skin) starts to thin resulting in a drier complexion. Collagen will break down meaning that there is a decline in skin elasticity; this introduces the emergence of fine lines and dark circles. Whilst our skin’s journey transitions as we age, together with getting enough sleep and exercise, the food you consume can lend a hand in maintaining a youthful glow and delaying the signs of ageing.

Green Tea

Green tea has been hailed a skin saviour for centuries which is no surprise due to its endless health benefits. It is one of the most powerful antioxidant sources as it contains polyphenols (micronutrients often found in plant-based food) which neutralises free radicals and protects the skin against sun damage. Our Vitamin C Brightening Cleanser is formulated with green tea, this powerful brightening cleanser has been designed to correct dull and uneven complexions that will minimise the look of pigmentation, discolouration and flushing. Used both in your morning and evening routine, this cleanser will remove the build-up of dirt and oil as well as leave the skin refined, tight and brighter.

It doesn’t stop there, green tea cleanses the body and despite having a significantly less amount of caffeine to coffee, it is said to improve physical performance. This powerful, yet natural antioxidant also kills bacteria and helps to improve dental health.

Salmon

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, implementing salmon into your diet 2-3 times a week will retain moisture and help to increase skin’s elasticity, something we naturally lose as we mature. Vitamin D is a pivotal component to prevent signs of ageing as it helps repair skin cells and prompts growth. While it isn’t naturally found in a lot of food, salmon contains around 75 per cent of your recommended daily intake in just one fillet.

Red/Yellow Bell Peppers

Reap the anti-ageing benefits from produce you already own.

Loaded with antioxidants and containing more Vitamin C than oranges, bell peppers will help to support the skin’s structure whilst acting as a catalyst for collagen production. According to Self’s Nutrition Data, a cup of chopped green bell peppers contain 200% of your daily Vitamin C requirements - this will help neutralise the free radicals that can cause skin stress and premature ageing.

Avocado

What may seem like a millennial phenomenon, avocado boasts a catalogue of essential nutrients your body can’t produce on its own. The oil in avocados contains antioxidants which help to fight free radicals which are thought to cause ageing. The consumption of avocados can therefore diminish fine lines and enhance a youthful glow. While avocado is (rightly so) hailed the superfood of the century, it is packed with Biotin, Vitamin B and E for healthy hair and nails. They also contain more potassium than bananas which assists in lowering blood pressure.

Watercress

Watercress delivers endless health benefits with its notable levels of calcium manganese, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A, C, K, B-1 and B2. It acts as an internal antiseptic by increasing circulation and enhancing skin oxygenation. In a recent study, ten out of eleven volunteers noticed a visible improvement in their skin through adding a bag of watercress in their diet for 4 weeks. One volunteer noted that her fine lines were reduced by thirty-nine per cent.

Broccoli

Vitamin C is pivotal for collagen production (the protein that increases skin strength.) As we mature, we start to experience a decline in this protein. With a series of benefits such as Vitamin C and K, Fibre, Calcium and Lutein, Broccoli encourages strength and elasticity in the skin. Implementing the anti-inflammatory veg into your diet, whether it’s a steamed side dish or a snack on the go, broccoli can help you maintain a youthful radiant glow.

Pomegranate Seeds

Whether you treat these little jewels as an addition to your salad or eat them as a midday snack, pomegranates have been hailed a healing medicinal fruit for centuries. They protect our skin from damage with the array of potent antioxidants while also reducing inflammation in the body. With a compound called punicalagin, pomegranates can help preserve youthfulness by encouraging a healthy glow. Pomegranate extract has been infused within the Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask as an under-eye saviour, this eye mask delivers a blend of potent brightening ingredients to stimulate the skin’s own radiance for natural luminosity.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has the power to mould pathways in the body to deliver antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Eating dark chocolate with at least seventy per cent cocoa can increase circulation while retaining and replenishing the skin’s moisture. It has also been said to reduce heart disease.

Tomatoes

Thanks to lycopene (the pigment that gives them their colouring), tomatoes are believed to fend off UV-induced damage such as wrinkles. This powerful antioxidant is also believed to strengthen the skin by preventing the breakdown of collagen in the skin. They are also rich in vitamin C which will fight cellular damage and increase the skin’s elasticity.

Sweet Potatoes

The antioxidant, beta-carotene, is what gives sweet potatoes their colouring; it is then converted to vitamin A. This will contribute to - and encourage - youthful-looking glow in the skin. While being delicious and easy to use as a mealtime side, sweet potatoes also contain vitamin C and E which help improve our complexion by protecting us against free radicals.

Ageing is an inevitable process to be embraced. As we mature, so will our skin. Although skin care regimes are catered towards skin concerns and conditions rather than age, being more conscious about the food you’re putting into your body will not only benefit your skin but also your overall health and wellbeing.

Avocado

What may seem like a millennial phenomenon, avocado boasts a catalogue of essential nutrients your body can’t produce on its own. The oil in avocados contains antioxidants which help to fight free radicals which are thought to cause ageing. The consumption of avocados can therefore diminish fine lines and enhance a youthful glow. While avocado is (rightly so) hailed the superfood of the century, it is packed with Biotin, Vitamin B and E for healthy hair and nails. They also contain more potassium than bananas which assists in lowering blood pressure.

Watercress

Watercress delivers endless health benefits with its notable levels of calcium manganese, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A, C, K, B-1 and B2. It acts as an internal antiseptic by increasing circulation and enhancing skin oxygenation. In a recent study, ten out of eleven volunteers noticed a visible improvement in their skin through adding a bag of watercress in their diet for 4 weeks. One volunteer noted that her fine lines were reduced by thirty-nine per cent.

Broccoli

Vitamin C is pivotal for collagen production (the protein that increases skin strength.) As we mature, we start to experience a decline in this protein. With a series of benefits such as Vitamin C and K, Fibre, Calcium and Lutein, Broccoli encourages strength and elasticity in the skin. Implementing the anti-inflammatory veg into your diet, whether it’s a steamed side dish or a snack on the go, broccoli can help you maintain a youthful radiant glow.

Pomegranate Seeds

Whether you treat these little jewels as an addition to your salad or eat them as a midday snack, pomegranates have been hailed a healing medicinal fruit for centuries. They protect our skin from damage with the array of potent antioxidants while also reducing inflammation in the body. With a compound called punicalagin, pomegranates can help preserve youthfulness by encouraging a healthy glow. Pomegranate extract has been infused within the Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask as an under-eye saviour, this eye mask delivers a blend of potent brightening ingredients to stimulate the skin’s own radiance for natural luminosity.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has the power to mould pathways in the body to deliver antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Eating dark chocolate with at least seventy per cent cocoa can increase circulation while retaining and replenishing the skin’s moisture. It has also been said to reduce heart disease.

Tomatoes

Thanks to lycopene (the pigment that gives them their colouring), tomatoes are believed to fend off UV-induced damage such as wrinkles. This powerful antioxidant is also believed to strengthen the skin by preventing the breakdown of collagen in the skin. They are also rich in vitamin C which will fight cellular damage and increase the skin’s elasticity.

Sweet Potatoes

The antioxidant, beta-carotene, is what gives sweet potatoes their colouring; it is then converted to vitamin A. This will contribute to - and encourage - youthful-looking glow in the skin. While being delicious and easy to use as a mealtime side, sweet potatoes also contain vitamin C and E which help improve our complexion by protecting us against free radicals.

Ageing is an inevitable process to be embraced. As we mature, so will our skin. Although skin care regimes are catered towards skin concerns and conditions rather than age, being more conscious about the food you’re putting into your body will not only benefit your skin but also your overall health and wellbeing.

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