Eat Your Way To a Younger-Looking Complexion

Fri, 18 January 2013 10:04AM

With all this talk of superfoods and activated almonds, it’s hard to not get caught up the excitement. Personally, I love a superfood (or ten), often skipping between nibbling on seaweed or raw cacao or goji berries to give my body the goodness it deserves.

But it’s not all about the body, Primpers. The promise of a perfectly illuminated complexion that’s free from wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation is enough to make any woman (or man) tune in. Right? Too right! Well, now you’re listening, here’s a fact about our friend, the superfood: it’s also great for your skin. So believe the hype and start snacking on these five foods for younger-looking skin.

1. The Anti-Inflammatory: Turmeric

Who hasn’t suffered a little skin inflammation in their life? Often manifesting in the form of acne, eczema or redness, inflammation is a common skin ailment among women of all ages. Sound familiar? Try incorporating turmeric into your diet to help ease the redness, reduce swelling and even increase skin elasticity. Oh, and just in case this spice didn’t do enough already, it can also help reduce pigmentation when applied topically to the skin with a little lemon and cucumber. Try it! Thandie Newton (above), for one, does – she not only adds a couple of spoonfuls to her water every day, but sprinkles some into her foundation to make her skin look extra glowy.

2. The Hydrator: Avocado

As you age, your skin becomes more prone to dehydration. Once dehydrated, fine lines and wrinkles are more prominent as the skin isn’t as lovely and plump as it once was. Cue in: avocado, the ideal product to help bring some healthy oils back into your complexion and nourish your skin from the inside out. Avo oil also helps slow the loss of collagen – a crucial ingredient in youthful skin. This fun little fruit also contains copious amounts of sterolins, a protein proven to reduce the appearance of age spots, scars and sun damage. Bottom line? Include between 1 and 3 avocados a week in your diet for amazing skin benefits.

3. The Free Radical Fighter: Berries

We don’t discriminate around here. All berries – black, blue, straw, rasp, goji – are all anti-ageing winners when it comes to eating your way to younger-looking skin. You can thank their high levels of antioxidants (also found in dark chocolate) that help neutralise free radicals and slow the ageing process right down. Berries also have another trick up their sleeve, they are amazing at protecting your skin from the sun. Yep, blackberries and raspberries in particular contain a type of ellagic acid that helps protect against sun burn and sun damage. That said, don’t skip your sunscreen by any means, but if you are a sun worshipper, I suggest taking a punnet or two down to the water with you next time. Happy snacking!

4. The Acne Buster: Oily Fish

Oily, acne prone skin types often steer clear of oils of all sorts. It’s understandable – who wants to attract more of what you’ve got in abundance? But it is right? Well, no. Oily skin types benefit greatly from certain oils both topically (in the form of a cleansing oil or balancing oil) and edible. Oily, cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines offer your skin high levels of omega-3s, which help reduce inflammation in the skin, ergo, reducing acne significantly. So, if you suffer from acne switch your fried foods for healthy oils and watch the transformation take place one sashimi piece at a time.

5. The Regenerator: Violets

I know, I know. The prospect of eating flowers is a foreign one to me, too. BUT, did you know that the violet flower contains the highest levels of vitamin C of any plant? Crazy. Snacking on violets (just add them to your salads for a pretty pop of colour) will not only boost your immune system but also help your skin cells regenerate. A great thing when you’re concerned about ageing. In addition to the high levels of vitamin C, violets also contain chlorophyl, which has a list of benefits so long, I can’t count them all out here. Just think: alkaliser, infection-fighter, detoxifier, rejuvenator of cells… again, all things you definitely want when you strive for perfectly glowing, healthy, youthful skin.

Tell me, Primpers…
Do you eat any of these five foods?
What else do you eat for its anti-ageing benefits?

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  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 01:08pm

    I eat plenty of avocado’s and berries (not that they have made any kind of difference to my skin that I am aware of) but I love the taste of them so its no hardship.lol The violets are a new one to me, how awesome and I bet they really would be great in salads.

  • Posted by: isabella21 Enthusiast // Fri, 18 January 2013 01:30pm

    Eat lots of berries and avocado. Tumeric I use in cooking quite often. Violets now that is something I have not tried I would have thought they would just be for decoration. Now I know they are good for you as well as pretty.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 01:35pm

    I love avocado on toast with mayo and tomato, or just balsamic vinegar..trust me, it’s delicious.. and berries are yummy in a smoothie and oily fish is another good one, 3 out of 5, not bad :)

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 02:00pm

    Use most of these ingredients while cooking and love them. Eating violets! Where would u buy them? Would look so lovely with salads and deserts!

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 02:24pm

    That surprises me about violets. I have stacks of them in my garden but they look a bit dry right now. I’ll have to take better care of them and then they can take care of me!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 03:08pm

    I eat so many avo’s and lots of salmon, so when I don’t for a while, I really notice a difference in my skin.

    Sugar is the arch enemy of glowy skin, too- so eating all the avocados, berries, oily fish, etc in the world isn’t going to help if you’re still slugging back 4 cans of coke a day.

  • Posted by: ssminnow Enthusiast // Fri, 18 January 2013 03:13pm

    I’ve read about Tumeric masks which are meant to be really effective but I haven’t tried it yet. Apparently it’s an old secret to beautiful skin in India.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 04:07pm

    I love salmon and tuna as well as avocado. Its not too ofther though that I get to make an avocado face mask, it usually just goes into my belly.

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 08:34pm

    Also wondering where to find the violets?

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 09:14pm

    great tips

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Sat, 19 January 2013 10:23am

    Wow where did you find violets Yaz? Turmeric is awesome in juice, Bali style with lime if you can find it fresh.

  • Posted by: Lisa-1294413802 Master Fan // Sat, 19 January 2013 01:46pm

    OK, so we need tumeric smeared on tuna with an avo and violet salad topped with berries. What kind of violets though? My mum will kill me if I start munching the African violets on her windowsill.

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Mon, 21 January 2013 07:49pm

    All great suggestions. I love berries and avocado’s :) Also, I’ve never heard of violets as being used as an ingredient in meals, however they would seem like a great garnish for salads!

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Mon, 21 January 2013 07:49pm

    All great suggestions. I love berries and avocado’s :) Also, I’ve never heard of violets as being used as an ingredient in meals, however they would seem like a great garnish for salads!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 01:43pm

    Luckily for me I love 4 of the 5 superfoods mentioned! I’ve only ever had Violets in chocolate, but will hunt them down so I can claim to love all 5!!! :)

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 06:45pm

    great tips, i love avocado and berries!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 23 January 2013 06:46pm

    and salmon, too :D

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 26 January 2013 06:24pm

    i love avocado

  • Posted by: aeko91 Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 03:11pm

    I truly believe you are what you eat, but sometimes you don’t always get the results you seek.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 17 February 2013 01:33pm

    great tips

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Wed, 20 February 2013 01:01pm

    love all berries and avo… they are in my diet most days!

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Sun, 15 September 2013 10:11pm

    Did not know you could eat violets…never heard of it. I love my avocado, oily fish and berries though.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 8 October 2013 08:25pm

    I eat several of these foods, I cannot stand seafood of any description.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 23 January 2014 06:10pm

    I love avocado and berries, yum, yum.

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