Have you looked in the mirror recently and seen tired sagging skin? Could it be the result of a late night, a bad diet, or just plain fatigue?
A sure sign that a diet is lacking will firstly show up in the skin, as it is the largest organ and an external indicator of what is occurring internally. Moisturisers, face creams, botox; external remedies can only do so much – one has to be healthy on the inside first.
There are certain foods which are a cut above the rest in terms of just how powerful they are for boosting the complexion and fighting the signs of aging by refreshing the skin and giving it a “plumper” look.
For the sake of this article, I have called them the “Instant Face-Lift Foods” because of their powerful antioxidant, vitamin, and essential oil qualities. These foods will give your skin and energy levels a welcome boost. Whether you are feeling tired, had a late night, or just need to take a healthier path going forward, you cannot go wrong with these five foods:
Packed with essential skin moisturising fatty acids; Omega 3 and Omega 6. These oils nourish from the inside, and are especially good for those who suffer from dry skin. Salmon improves the production of collagen, keratin, and melanin; and also helps the skin to retain water – fighting wrinkles and keeping the skin smooth and plump. There is no better food to give an instant boost and lift to tired skin.
As we’ve seen before in previous posts, this superfood is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C, which are both key players in the fight against aging. Because the health benefits of blueberries are so vast, I dedicated an earlier post entirely to this magical little berry, which can be found here:
Spinach contains Vitamin A – an anti-aging warrior which promotes water retention in the epidermis, giving the skin a “plump” affect. Spinach also contains vitamins B, C, and E; potassium; calcium; iron; magnesium; and omega-3 fatty acids. The antioxidants in spinach help to clear troubled skin – it can also be used as a refreshing face mask. Simply blend some spinach with water, spread on face and leave for 20 minutes. Your skin will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Crammed with healthy fats and phytonutrients, avocados help the body absorb carotenoids (which protects skin from UV damage. Just a half an avocado per day contains enough oils to replenish dry skin, giving it a smooth, healthy glow. Don’t like the taste of avocado? Why not use it as a face mask instead. It absorbs easily into the skin, while assisting skin in the production of collagen. It is nature’s all-round beauty remedy!
Another great superfood. Known for being an antioxidant, almonds contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (the good fats). In fact there are so many health benefits to eating almonds, it may warrant an entire article in the near future J. Almond oil is well-known for fighting wrinkles, blackheads, and dry skin. Used externally, the oil rejuvenates tired, fatigued skin cells, improving blood flow. One oz of almonds contains almost half your daily allowance of Vitamin E – THE skin vitamin. Almonds are a great source of skin-plumping goodness – make it a habit to have a handful a day to help skin retain its youthful glow.