Eat more fruits & vegetables for healthier looking skin
Especially those loaded with vitamin C
Eating fruits and vegetables isn’t only good for your body, it’s good for your skin, particularly those that have high concentrations of vitamin C. Considered one of the most important antioxidants, vitamin C fights free radicals that would otherwise attack proteins, fats, DNA and break down collagen. All of these factors can speed up the aging process.
Antioxidants – the solution to Free Radical Damage
Antioxidants are known to prevent free radicals from damaging cells. Free radicals are a result of normal body processes, but they can also be created by exposure to various environmental factors such as smoking or ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and can speed up the aging process.
What the research shows
A 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate foods rich in vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those whose diets contained only small amounts of the vitamin. It is thought that vitamin C helps form collagen which helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
How to choose fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamin C
Since vitamin C is water-soluble your body doesn’t make or store it and the best place to get it is from your diet. Contrary to popular belief, oranges don’t rank very highly for their vitamin C content. Choose one of these options to boost your intake:
- Yellow bell peppers
Turn back the clock with some TLC
Added to increased intake of vitamin C, there are certain facial creams that can also add to the levels of vitamin C in your skin. Combined with a good skincare routine, a healthy diet is critical to having more beautiful skin. To help reverse previous damage, you can opt for procedures that will help make your skin look younger like chemical peels, fillers, vampire facials and Botox.