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You might have heard or read a lot about superfoods and how they have some amazing super powers when it comes to healing and health. We have written a few blog posts about treating chronic illnesses with some specific superfoods ourselves. These entrees, in their raw, organic forms, offer a number of health benefits that can make you feel more energetic, even as you age. But which foods are best for physical anti-aging routine, and why are they so great? You and many others search for details about which specific superfoods will make you look as young as you feel.
The coolest thing about many anti-aging superfoods lies in the fact that you can also apply them to your skin as well as ingest them for great results. We decided to write a comprehensive list of superfoods that not only taste super amazing, but will help your skin look super wonderful as well. So, take a look at this ultimate guide to recreating your complexion, and prepare to get your hands a little dirty by making some tasty snacks and preparing some brilliant skin-care treatments right in your own home with this collective list of anti-aging superfoods and how to make the most of them.
We write a lot about the benefits that avocado provides the skin – both through eating and smearing it onto your face. We even use it to make some of our own skincare products, so it is a trustworthy option. It is one of the richest sources of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids needed to maintain a brilliant glow on your complexion. Let us take a few moments to re-examine the mine of goodness that lies beneath its peel.
Avocados contain vitamins A, K, B6, and B12, with two main antioxidants: vitamins C and E. They also contain a wealth of minerals, including zinc, calcium, iron, and copper, with an even larger reservoir of phosphorous, manganese, and potassium. Add fatty acids like omegas 3 and 6, and you have yourself a key player in anti-aging. What does all this mean for you? Well, the antioxidants fight free radicals, and help repair the damage that they cause. The other vitamins help maintain vitality and health on a cellular level. Minerals are highly important to maintain a youthful texture. And fatty acids? They rock at eliminating inflammation, meaning that they can reduce redness. Plus, they keep your complexion moisturized and supple.
Of course, you will want to add more avocado to your diet to maintain nourishment from the inside out. Make some extra guacamole, slice up avocado to add to a sandwich or salad, use it as an ingredient in a smoothie, or eat it plain. Eating avocado will ensure better cell-binding abilities with collagen and elastin to keep your skin firm and supple. This will keep sagging and wrinkles from forming. Many of these nutrients are fat soluble, and will work best when you actually consume them from their source. Eating more avocado will let you maintain your skin structure for a longer period of time.
Here is the fun part: you can also apply avocado to your skin to reap aesthetic benefits as well. It is a highly moisturizing fruit that will bring out your even, youthful, dewy complexion. Even though they offer the best benefits when eaten, you can definitely earn some instant satisfaction when you apply it to your face. Mash it up until it has a paste-like consistency, and mix it up with our Pomegranate Antioxidant Mask. This will give your skin optimal detoxification, pore refinement, and exfoliation for skin. Plus, you will love the skin-brightening effects that these two can offer when mixed together.
Green tea is not just a healthy trend sweeping the population. It has abilities rooted in scientific studies too. Not only can you drink it, but you can use it on your face as well. It has polyphenols and the antioxidant catechin – two important substances for attaining and maintaining healthy skin. Drinking it will allow its properties to actually metabolize through your system, which provides the weight-loss abilities and immune system boost that many people seek. However, using on your skin can prove helpful too.
This tea can prevent, protect, and heal sun damage. If you have grown more prone to sunburns as you get older, then this may be the treatment for you. The aforementioned polyphenols will decrease the aging process by defending your face from free radicals. Plus, green tea works well at making your complexion more even, and reducing inflammation or irritation. So, if your skin tends to get red or if you have some darker or lighter spots to make your complexion patchy, green tea offers an excellent remedy.
Try drinking one cup of green per day. Save your used tea bags, and use them as packs for your eyes. This will help reduce any puffiness or dark circles under your eyes. You can also mix the tea in with one of our masks as a base. Our Purify Facial Mask contains organic green tea leaves as an ingredient to reduce oiliness and shine, and maximize astringency for toning. You could also match green tea up with any of our other clay masks to enhance the anti-aging capabilities. Whether you drink it or apply it, green tea will help you achieve the juvenescent glow you crave.
Yet another highlighted ingredient that we just cannot get enough of. It has a long list of compounds, vitamins, and minerals that nourish your skin. It offers one of highest sources of beta carotene, which protects your skin from environmental damage. Vitamin C is also available, providing further cell protection and repair. Plus, it hinders the aging process and offers incredible moisture to your skin’s surface.
You should incorporate more carrot into your diet, as beta carotene works most effectively when consumed and metabolized. Besides that, it provides an excellent detox ingredient that cleanses your liver. This is important because toxins inside of your body can contribute to your age showing more on the outside. The vitamin A abundancy will also help reduce acneic blemishes and skin sensitivities. If your skin has gotten more sensitive with age, then adding this superfood to your diet could help out. Add carrots to smoothies, salads, or just eat some carrot sticks on the go for an anti-aging snack.
To apply carrot to your skin, puree some carrot in a blender and mix it with some warm honey. You can apply this mixture to your face alone, or blend it with the Mango and Honey Smoothing Mask or the Rose Petal and Honey Beauty Mask. This will help tone, moisturize, detox, and balance your complexion while delivering a wealth of nourishment to your skin. Plus, you can fade out old scars and age spots with this mixture, as carrot is known for maximizing these benefits. We also carry some products that contain carrot seed oil as well, if you wish to add some carrot care to your daily routine.
Stop picking the tomatoes off of your salad if you want to get rid of wrinkles and free-radical damage! One study showed that people who consumed tomatoes regularly had a higher presence of pro-collagen – a substance responsible for helping the skin maintain its texture and elasticity. That same study also found that the tomato-eaters has less mitochondrial damage, which may be linked to the skin’s aging process as well.
Eating tomatoes, especially cooked, will provide your body with lycopene, a substance known for its anti-aging abilities. Lycopene offers your skin cells protection from damaging UV rays, which are often the cause of sunspots. Lycopene itself is an antioxidant that repairs as well as protects. Serve tomato slices on salads, make a tomato sandwich, or sauté some tomato chunks as a part of your lunch or dinner. This will help reverse existing damage, and shield your skin from environmental damage to come.
Use organic tomato juice as a mask base to optimize your youthful results as well. You can blend the juice with the Strawberry and Lemon Brightening Mask or the Pomegranate Antioxidant Mask to add a touch of detoxification as well. Tomato juice has astringent properties, which allow it to tone and shrink pores. It can also provide a more radiant complexion, and helps the skin absorb oxygen at a greater level. It literally allows your skin to breath easier.
Another ingredient that we love and cannot get enough of – pomegranate. We use it many of our products to pack a punch of antioxidant power into the formula. Like avocado, it has an amazing profile of nutrients that can benefit the skin. It contains antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and other vitamins B6 and K. Other beneficial properties include niacin, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which offers the ability to help your skin maintain its structure on a molecular level.
Eating pomegranates means stimulating the function and production of keratinocytes, a compound responsible for maintaining a bright complexion. It also helps your body absorb a unique fatty acid called punicalagin, an omega 5 fatty acid that helps your skin maintain an optimal level of collagen. You can also prevent cancerous tumors from forming on the surface of your skin as well. Add pomegranate to your diet by eating the fruit itself or drinking pomegranate juice daily. This fruit is literally the new ‘apple a day.’
You can also add pomegranate to your skin-care routine by either applying the juice itself to your skin, or mixing the juice in as a base with one of our masks. Pomegranate can penetrate deep within the cell structure of the skin’s surface, and hydrate, lighten dark spots, prevent loss of moisture, and maintain elasticity. The results? Softened, less noticeable wrinkles and fine lines, firmer skin, and bright, dewy complexion that reminds you of the good old days. You can even amp up your options by using one of our products that contain pomegranate as an ingredient.
Cucumbers are a familiar favorite when it comes to skin-care. You see them in spa advertisements, and lots of beauty brands will blast it out proudly for everyone to see that their latest product harnesses the benefits of cucumber – and rightfully so. Cucumber is an anti-aging powerhouse that can do a great deal in helping you achieve your ideal image. Plus, they are not as messy as other raw-food options, so putting them to use is not as much of a hassle.
You have access to a whole alphabet of vitamins when you consume cucumbers: vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. The boost the amount of antioxidants you already had in your body, and help you detox. When you eat them, they can pull any excess water out of your skin cells to make you collagen levels more compact. This results in a more toned appearance with respect to slenderness. They also provide moisture from the inside out, which keeps your cells hydrated and leveled out better. Add them to salads, sandwiches, or eat the plain by the slice. You can even add them to a smoothie, and since they have a bland flavor, they should go well with most foods.
Topical application of cucumber works almost as well as consuming them. Placing two slices over your eyes will reduce inflammation. So, if you have those dark, puffy circles or your eyes look bloodshot red, then cucumber is your hero. You can also apply a cucumber slice to areas of irritation such as a sunburn or a patch of eczema reaction to calm the area naturally. Cucumber has very gentle astringent qualities as well, so rubbing it on your face will minimize pores, draw out toxins, and add a firmer appearance to your skin. You can either rub slices directly onto your skin, or puree them to add to our Soothe Facial Mask or Balance Facial Mask.
It might sound strange to you, but organic Greek yogurt is an excellent anti-aging treat both for dietary and skincare purposes. As a daily snack or a part of your meals, it offers a high content in minerals like calcium and proteins that help produce the materials needed to maintain a healthy, young skin structure and texture. As a facial mask ingredient, it is a living force that eats away some of the simplest things that could contribute to an aging appearance. Even if you are not looking into a full-fledged anti-aging routine, listen up! This stuff will even stave off premature aging, so you might want to take notes with this one.
Its nutrient profile includes minerals like zinc and calcium, and vitamins like B-complex. Plus its lactic acid and live enzymes that aid digestion and nutrient absorption. This is why Greek yogurt is good anti-aging food to eat on a daily basis. It keeps your digestive tract in tact, and an unhealthy digestive tract could let toxins slide by. Toxins eventually make their way to your skin, poisoning it from the inside. B vitamins are also highly important, and support a glowing, dewy complexion with an even tone. Zinc offers anti-inflammatory benefits that keep your skin from becoming too ruddy or sensitive. Plus, there is calcium. Did you know calcium makes up a large portion of your epidermal layer? So, eating some yogurt will help your skin get nourished from the inside out.
Additionally, Greek yogurt makes an excellent, luxurious base for your facial masks. Where do we even start? It has live enzymes that will exfoliate your skin by literally feeding off of the microscopic dead skin cells, sebum, and other debris that often collects and never gets washed away. Even if you exfoliate regularly, you probably still miss a lot of stuff. Yogurt helps with that. It also offers a gentle hydration option by cleansing your pores thoroughly with the aforementioned enzymes and delivering a dose creamy goodness directly into your pores. With all that dead skin, debris, toxins, and sebum knocked out of the way, you will look and feel younger whether you are into anti-aging or not! Add it to your favorite face naturals facial mask for a creamy, easy to apply consistency. A Greek-yogurt guarantee!
You do not have to take our word for all these anti-aging superfoods! Try them for yourselves, both as a part of your meals and as skincare remedies, and comment below to tell us the results! Some members of your face naturals family have already tried these options themselves, and wanted to give you the details straight from us! Tell us about other natural anti-aging superfoods that we did not mention in this article, or other natural remedies that worked well for you! This way, we and other readers can try your suggestions for ourselves. And who knows, you may see you suggestion mentioned in a later article!
Contact us to find out more about the products mentioned in this article! Provide us with information about your skin type, what you wish to accomplish, and which products interest you, and we will direct toward a skin-care regimen consisting of our all-natural products made from organic, botanical ingredients. Let your skin and hair detox from the harmful chemicals commonly found in other products, and treat yourself to some face naturals skin-love! We look forward to helping you make a selection that is right for you, and cannot wait to add you to the face naturals family today.
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