The foods we eat and drink are key to supporting our overall health and wellness, but did you know that certain foods can actually keep us looking (and feeling) youthful and radiant? By including age-defying foods in your daily nutrition, you can eat your way to a more youthful appearance and fight the signs of aging.
Foods to Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out
Today, we will explore some of our favorite anti-aging foods and drinks that you will definitely want to add to your daily diet. Keep reading to learn more, and be sure to explore Pretty Rx by Dr. Myla to find the ideal skincare treatment for you!
Citrus fruit contains high amounts of vitamin C and other nutrients that help protect skin cells. In particular, grapefruit contains nearly 60% of the body’s needed daily value of vitamin C to help protect the skin and support collagen production to increase tightness and elasticity in the skin. By increasing your intake of vitamin C-rich citrus fruits, your skin will feel softer, look more youthful, and will be less prone to damage caused by the sun and other environmental pollutants.
As we age, the tissues in our body — including our skin — become much more susceptible to inflammation, but what is inflammation, exactly? Inflammation is the body’s natural response to protecting itself from illness and infection caused by outside invaders, which manifests in the various tissues of the body as redness, swelling, and tenderness.
Enter turmeric! Turmeric is a spice that has been used for ages for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Turmeric is packed with antioxidants like curcumin, which is a powerful bioactive component containing strong healing properties to soothe and calm inflammation on the skin.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and other berries are jam-packed with antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body that can damage cells. When our bodies contain more free radicals than antioxidants and other age-fighting nutrients, our skin becomes more susceptible to damage caused by the sun’s UV rays, pollution, and poor lifestyle choices, which can contribute to those pesky wrinkles, fine lines, and blemishes we’d rather not have. Not only that, as we age, our bodies’ ability to fight free radicals naturally is reduced, making it harder to protect cellular function.
Blueberries, in particular, are one of nature’s greatest gifts to us humans to fight the signs of aging and support our cellular health. These little blue gems contain anthocyanins that help maintain the skin’s softness, suppleness, and youthfulness — so eat up and enjoy all the benefits!
Similar to berries, drinking green tea daily can support the health and youthfulness of your skin. Along with containing age-fighting antioxidants, green tea contains powerful compounds called catechins that protect your skin from free radicals, sun damage, dryness, and inflammation, while strengthening the skin’s elasticity to fight those unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. Better yet, green tea is excellent for supporting your heart health and immune system, which can keep you feeling youthful regardless of your age.
Omega-3 Fatty Foods
Not all fats are bad for your health. In fact, foods rich in omega-3 fats can actually support tighter, firmer, more radiant skin to fight the signs of aging. Why is this exactly? Well, your body can’t naturally produce essential fatty acids to support healthy skin, so finding the foods that contain these acids is key to:
- Keeping your skin supple, firm, and full
- Maintaining optimal oil production to hydrate your skin
- Reducing premature aging as a result of free radicals
- Managing acne and other blemishes
To get more omega-3 fats in your diet, start eating more of these foods:
- Flax seeds
- Chia seeds
- Fatty fish (like salmon, herring, and sardines)
- Brussels sprouts
Enhance Your Beauty Routine
A big benefit of being intentional and mindful about the foods you eat to support youthful vitality is that these healthy eating habits may strengthen your beauty regimen. By eating your way to fabulous skin in conjunction with applying high-quality skincare products, you can enjoy softer, supple, more radiant skin so you can look and feel amazing, confident, and beautiful.
Be sure to explore our entire collection of cruelty-free skincare products that are paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalates-free, which have been thoughtfully formulated for all skin types. Shop Pretty Rx by Dr. Myla today, and enjoy more youthful skin tomorrow!