As we age, our skin ages along with us. Help prevent and diminish the signs of skin maturing by using these top eight natural foods. Your skin will thank you!
1- Chia Seeds
The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of zinc (of which there is a lot of in chia seeds) has been linked to increased collagen formation and decreased oil production. Both of these activities are required to obtain healthy skin.
2- Aronia Berries
A strong antioxidant that helps to increase blood circulation and minimize wrinkles, aronia berries(chokeberries) are even easy to grow in your own backyard. Add the tart berries to muffins or make them into jelly for a delicious treat that pays off with healthy-looking skin.
3- Dark Chocolate
Another tasty treat, high-quality dark chocolate is also good for your skin. Containing flavonoids which absorb UV light, your skin’s complexion will be protected just by eating a few ounces of this dessert.
Rich in beta-carotene and folates, cilantro can be easily eaten as a flavorful garnish for your soups, salads, and tacos. You can also turn this herb into a face mask when you mix it with honey and olive oil. Your skin will be brighter and less acne-prone.
Grape skin is full of both polyphenol (an antioxidant) and resveratrol (used as an anticarcinogenic) that can help slow the skin’s aging process. Drink a glassful of grape juice and you are on your way to fewer wrinkles and tighter skin.
Papaya is not only healthy for the inside of your body but is also healthy for the outside. Mashed papaya is loaded with vitamins A and C, both of which are necessary for skin cell growth and the building of collagen.
An herb similar to clover with the fragrance and taste of maple syrup, fenugreek (sometimes called methi) can be applied to the skin to calm inflammation.
8- Rose Water
A powerful astringent that cleans your skin and constricts the pores, rose water is used all over the world to sooth sensitive skin, keep acne at bay, and hydrate the skin. Bonus, it smells nice, too!
Before you head to the drug store for expensive skin care products, look in your fridge or pantry first! You may just find your fountain of youth is in your very own kitchen.