Many of us link having beautiful skin to using skincare cosmetics alone, but that’s not a fair association. After crossing a certain age, tell-tale signs of ageing such as blemishes, undereye circles, wrinkles, and dullness start reflecting on our face. We use different products for different skin woes. We even give promising skin treatments a shot, but the results vary from person to person. However, while worrying about skin problems, the one thing we worry less about (or completely forget to worry about) is our diet.
Beautiful and glowing skin starts with good food choices and healthy water intake. If you want to avoid wrinkly skin, it’s time that you make diet alterations, because eating nutritious foods can work wonders for your skin.
9 Foods to Include in Your Diet for Wrinkle-free Skin
Foods packed with anti-ageing nutrients can protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays and other environmental damage, and give you younger-looking skin by working their magic from within. Let’s see which are the foods that can help you combat wrinkles and bring back the glow to your face.
This superfood is rich in antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, E, and K, and minerals that help in improving skin elasticity and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Papayas even contain an enzyme called ‘papain’, which works as an anti-inflammatory compound and provides anti-ageing benefits. Include this nutritious fruit in your breakfast, and look fresh and young.
Broccoli is becoming extremely popular among health-conscious people today for the various benefits it offers. The anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties of broccoli make it particularly good for the skin. This Vitamin C-rich veggie also helps in the production of collagen, a necessary protein in the body, which keeps your skin healthy and firm. If you don’t like the taste of raw broccoli, you can steam it, add your favourite toppings, and enjoy.
Avocados are nutrient-rich fruits and a source of good fats. They are also a storehouse of antioxidants that can help you fight free radicals – a prominent cause of ageing. Avocados also contain Vitamins A, C, E, and K, and other essential nutrients. The Vitamin A content in avocado helps in shedding dead skin cells, giving you glowing skin. You can include avocados in salads, make a smoothie, or just eat them raw. Take your pick, but do remember to EAT!
This tiny vegetable can do wonders for your skin. Although you may not like the pungent after-taste of garlic, it’s something you probably won’t mind dealing with once you experience the benefits of eating garlic cloves. The antioxidants and polyphenols found in garlic can help protect your skin from free radicals that break down collagen production. Garlic adds flavour to any dish, and since you know now how good it is for your skin, add it generously to the scrumptious dishes that you make. Add chopped or whole garlic cloves to any dish, and let it stand for 10-15 minutes to activate its beneficial compounds. You can even add it to salads, pasta, gravies, and endless other options.
Thinking of making gajar ka halwa already? Well, go ahead, we are not stopping you, because it’s the season of carrots. Carrots are an ideal source of Vitamin C that can help boost the production of collagen in your body, thus improving the elasticity of your skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Apart from this, carrots are also high in fibre and water, which make them the ideal skin-friendly fruit. While you can eat carrots in the form of halwa, try not to eat it large amounts because you know well that the ghee and sugar content in halwa won’t do any good for your health. So, eat mindfully (hey, raw carrots do the trick too!).
Spinach is a good source of beta-carotene and Vitamin C, which again, enhances collagen production, giving you smooth and fresh-looking skin. It is also packed with various antioxidants, such as Coenzyme (CoQ10), that helps fight free radicals in the cells of your body. Our body makes these antioxidants naturally, but as we age, our body’s ability to produce CoQ10 decreases, making our skin prone to damage. However, eating spinach and other green leafy vegetables can fulfil the requirement of antioxidants of your body and give you gorgeous skin.
Most of us love to eat nuts. Well, the good thing is that if you like munching on nuts, you can continue to do so (although in healthy amounts!), because they are extremely beneficial for your health and skin. Nuts, especially almonds, are a good source of Vitamin E, which helps repair the skin and protect it from harmful UV rays. Similarly, walnuts contain anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids that help protect the skin from sun damage, giving it a glow. So, make it a point to eat a handful of nuts daily. Time to go nuts over nuts!
8. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate lovers, aren’t you ecstatic on finding dark chocolate in our list? Now, you have the perfect excuse (or shall we say, a valid reason!) to continue eating dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains flavonols which have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a potential source of Vitamins C and E, which help fight the signs of ageing. The higher the amount of cocoa in dark chocolate, the more antioxidants it has. So, when you’re going to buy dark chocolate next time, do look for the percentage of cocoa in the bar you pick.
9. Green Tea
Green tea contains catechins that help fight wrinkles, blemishes, and other skin woes. For glowing skin and a healthy body, drink green tea instead of your regular chai or coffee. You can sip 3-4 cups of green tea daily.
These are some healthy foods that you can include in your diet. Wrinkles are also one of the signs of maturity and experience (we are kidding, of course!), so don’t worry about them too much. Eat good food and drink lots of water – your wrinkles will disappear. The food choices that you make today will reflect on your skin and health tomorrow, so be mindful and eat HEALTHY!