Better than Botox
"You Can Take No Credit For Beauty At Sixteen. But If You Are Beautiful At Sixty, It Will Be Your Soul’s Own Doing" – Marie Stopes
Who needs botox when a little trip to the supermarket can help you achieve the same results with a fraction of the risk and the cost. Prevention over retouching every time! Here is a little list of foods that will help to keep your skin supple and those little lines at bay.
Avocados are great for moisturising the skin. They are rich in skin conditioning Vitamin E, carotenoids and vitamin C. Antioxidant absorption increases when avocado is added to a mixed salad.
The omega 3’s present in salmon and other oily fish repair the skin and reduce inflammation. The best way to prepare is to poach the salmon. This will preserve its essential fats. Alternatively, bake in the oven. Try to avoid pan-frying. Aim to eat 3 portions of oily fish a week. Oily fish is one of those marmite foods so if you really cannot stomach it, consider taking Omega 3 supplements or consuming alternative omega 3 food sources.
Green superfoods are great for purifying the skin. Chorella, spirulina and wheatgrass are all rich in detoxifying chlorophyll to keep the skin radiant. I also love and recommend Kale and Seaweed. Try adding a daily handful of these foods into your diet-they can also work very well within smoothies and juices. I will share great weekly recipes for you to experiment with.
Green Tea is absolutely fantastic for skin renewal. The catechins found in green tea help prevent collagen from breaking down and help to reactivate dying skin cells.
Berries are great for skin defense. They contain potent antioxidants protecting the skin from free radical damage. Try to eat a handful a day. Blueberries are my favourite! I usually consume on top of a pro-biotic yoghurt with banana and a little granola.
Brazil nuts are great for skin repair (unfortunately I am allergic). They contain selenium which aids the production of the antioxidant glutathione which can help repair skin cell damage. Selenium is also great for keeping the skin clear and breakouts at bay.
Kale is packed with iron, which boosts collagen and fends off wrinkles. I would suggest eating this lightly steamed to preserve its antioxidants.
Melon is great for skin elasticity. A 175g serving contains your RDA of vitamins A and C, which stimulate collagen. Eat with salad, as part of a smoothie or as a wedge, in a glass by the pool!
Tomato is packed with lycopene and Vitamin C which is great for collagen support and skin protection.
Consuming yoghurt is a great way for getting your skin to glow. Dull looking skin can be due to imbalances in the digestive tract. Yoghurts and pro/ pre-biotic drinks contain beneficial bacteria which are not only great for your gut but also have little added beauty benefits as well.
Our skin needs good levels of protective antioxidants to help fight signs of ageing. Minerals such as zinc, magnesium and copper support the skins antioxidant defenses and assist in collagen formation. Other skin protective nutrients include coenzyme q10, curcumin (found in turmeric, astaxanthin (found in salmon), vitamins A, E D and carotenoids including lycopene and polyphenols.
To increase your intake of polyphenols consume foods such as onions, cacao beans, grape seeds, tea, apple, citrus fruits, cherries and soy.
To get more carotenoids into your diet focus on carrots, sweet potato, peppers, tomatoes, melon, mango, papaya, broccoli and spinach.
Higher intakes of collagen boosting vitamin C are associated with fewer wrinkles and softer skin. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant, so quenches free radicals thirst. Citrus fruit, red peppers, tomatoes, green leafy veg, berries, kiwi fruit and melon are great sources of this vitamin.
Biotin is another important nutrient for glowing skin. Biotin is also great for your nails. A great source of biotin is egg yolks, I would recommend including several eggs in your weekly diet. People often still associate eggs as being high in cholesterol which is not really true, like with most things they are just fine as part as a varied diet. Other sources include tomatoes, romaine lettuce and carrots.
Your skin is your largest organ and it is extremely important to keep it healthy, nourished and hydrated so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. I always make sure to keep a bottle of water in my bag or by my side.-I drink it by the gallon
Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic – Rosalind Russell