Putting Your Best Face Forward in 2013

Every woman wants to look her best and as we get older we might start to take notice of those ads on TV for miracle creams and quick mini-lifts. But there is another way – it’s in the foods you eat.

Protect your skin from the sun: The sun is our worst enemy and remains the number one culprit of skin damage.  Eating orange/red veges rich in lycopene and beta-carotene can go a long way towards giving you the protection you need.  Researchers have discovered that beta-carotene can suppress the factors caused by UVA exposure that lead to aging.  In another UK study researchers reported that people who eat tomato paste burn 33% less than a control group not eating tomatoes.  The difference was attributed to the lycopene in the tomatoes.

Suggested fruits and veges:  tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, guava, watermelon, persimmons and red cabbage.

Give your collagen a boost: Collagen is one of the most basic building block of healthy skin.  As we age collagen can lose its elasticity and have us reaching for those mini-lift brochures. First take a look at your intake of Vitamin C, a vital component your body needs to produce healthy collagen.  Try eating red bell peppers – cup for cup they have three times the Vitamin C of an orange.  Aim for at least 500 mg of Vitamin C each day.

Suggested fruits and veges: Kiwis, Papaya, Strawberry, Bell Peppers, Oranges and Clementines.

Keeping your skin well oiled: Have you ever wondered why the Mediterranean cultures have great skin tone?  Their diet is rich in EFAs – Essential Fatty Acids, or the “good” fats.  They control our body’s oils and fats which keep our skin soft, smooth and youthful.  Our bodies can’t synthesize EFAs so we have to get them in our diet.

Suggest sources:  flax seeds and flax seed oil, walnuts, Brazil nuts, avocados, wheat germ oil, salmon and mackerel.

All of these food are also good for your general health so while you’re working on that New Year’s Resolution to get fit and healthy, include these foods and tone up your skin at the same time.


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