Wrinkles may seem like an inevitable part of your future, but the good news is you can delay that process. Holla!
There have obviously been several developments in anti aging, but rather than rely on a product, you can take matters into your own hands and rely on a healthy diet instead.
Mother Nature, that sassy minx, has provided us with several anti wrinkle foods and incorporating these into our regular diet will benefit our skin’s appearance.
So let’s dive right in and get to the tasty stuff!
Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
Sounds a little vague and obvious, but the fact of the matter is, fruits and veggies are amazing for you.
Many of your favourite fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin C; an active ingredient in many anti aging products due to its ability to increase collagen production and promote skin’s elasticity.
As we age, our body loses its levels of this nutrient. Things like smoking, exposure to UV rays and pollutants can all lead to lower Vitamin C levels. By increasing your intake of Vitamin C rich foods, you can reverse aging effects on your face.
Some foods you might want to add to your grocery list include red and green hot chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, fresh herbs, leafy greens like kale, broccoli and cauliflower to name a few.
Other foods you may want to consider are those full of Vitamin A. These nutrients are called carotenoids and act as an antioxidant against UV exposure. These include foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots and cantaloupe. Yum!
Nuts and Seeds
Mmm, bird feed! It may not sound too tasty, but almonds and sunflower seeds are full of Vitamin E which work to protect cell membranes from breaking down.
Blended with Vitamin C rich foods and you’ve got yourself one helluva sun-protecting-age-battling dish.
Nuts and seeds like walnuts and flaxseed reduce wrinkles thanks to their linoleic acid content. They provide much needed moisture to your skin which helps reduce wrinkling and and fine lines. Just the thing we ladies are looking for!
Lean and Clean Protein
Your skin is made primarily of protein, so it stands to reason that increasing your protein intake will have beneficial effects on the appearance of your skin.
Since fat can actually increase the appearance of wrinkles, maintaining a lean protein diet reduces your odds. Lean proteins are a source of niacin which affect collagen and protect your skin.
For the meatatarians out there, your lean proteins include poultry, fish, beef eye and pork tenderloin. Vegan/Vegetarian options include beans and lentils, grains, soy products and legumes.
A Tasty Wrinkle-Free Recipe
If you aren’t sure how to incorporate your anti wrinkle foods into one meal, let me give you a hand. This recipe will incorporate an abundance of Vitamin A, C, E and of course, lean protein.
You will need:
- 1 cup of chopped kale or spinach (or half and half!)
- 1/2 cup blend of diced bell peppers, broccoli and cauliflower
- 1 inch shaved carrots
- 1/4 avocado
- 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted soy nuts
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed
- depending on your lifestyle choices; 3 oz. grilled chicken breast or 1/2 cup chickpeas
Mix together in a bowl and top with a homemade salad dressing. My favourite homemade dressing is made with:
- 1/2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- half a freshly squeezed lime
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
If you are craving something a little more sweet, add some dried apricot or cranberries to your salad and trade out the lime and cayenne for balsamic vinaigrette. Mmmm! It’ll slim your waistline and trim a few years off your face. Now that’s a win-win if you ask me!
If you’ve got a recipe rich with anti wrinkle foods then be sure to share it in the comment section below. After all, we ladies love us some tasty options.