Beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within...
Eat Your Way To Radiant Skin
1. Get your daily dose of vitamin C to boost collagen production
Collagen is the structural component of the skin that keeps it looking supple and youthful. As we age, collagen production declines. This ultimately reduces the structural integrity of the skin leading to wrinkles and sagging skin.
Vitamin C is a critical nutrient involved in the formation of collagen. By increasing vitamin C consumption we can stimulate collagen synthesis, which ultimately slows the signs of ageing.
To ensure you’re getting your daily dose of vitamin C, try to incorporate these vitamin C rich foods into your diet: broccoli, strawberries, kale, Brussels sprouts, red peppers, kiwis and oranges.
2. Fight wrinkles and skin sagging with antioxidants
Antioxidants are absolutely vital to protect from damage against harmful free radicals produced by sun, pollution, smoke, alcohol and stress.
Free radical damage is one of the main culprits of accelerated aging. Increased consumption of antioxidants can protect against damage to skin cells and further wrinkles from forming.
Top skin antioxidants are vitamin C, E, zinc and beta-carotene, which can be obtained from a diet rich colourful fruit and vegetables as well as nuts, seeds, and avocado.
3. Avoid sugar and avoid wrinkles, lines and discolouration
It is now being said, that sugar can be as ageing as sun damage or even smoking.
The reason for this is that excess sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption results in a damaging process called glycation. This is where sugar molecules permanently bond to protein molecules forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs cause huge damage to the skin, reducing its elasticity – a key factor in ageing and sagging skin.
Glycation and the production of AGEs is the same process, which happens when BBQ’ing or browning food, which can put into perspective what this process may be doing to our skin.
A blood sugar balancing diet is so essential to youthful skin. Consumption of good quality protein, healthy fats, whole grains and packing in the veg can ensure you be well on the way to radiant skin.
Thank you, Lily x
Lily Soutter Bsc (Hons) Nutrition, Dip ION, mBANT, CNHC
Lily is a Nutritionist and weight loss expert providing one-to-one nutrition consultations for health optimisation. She has obtained a Food and Human Nutrition degree from Newcastle University and a Nutritional Therapy diploma from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Lily has an extensive knowledge of the science of food and health, which enables her to regularly write for The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Mirror, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.
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