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They contain all essential micro and macronutrients to keep those wrinkles at bay.

The keys to youthful skin are hydration, sunscreen, sleep, and plenty of anti-inflammatory foods. Here are the anti-ageing powerhouses that will keep your skin supple and glowing: 

Berries

In general, berries support the health of your skin by giving you a significant dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C, of course, is an anti-ageing powerhouse that fights the free radicals that age your skin and make you more vulnerable to disease and illness. 

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate (70% cocoa content or higher) is packed with antioxidants that lower skin-ageing inflammation. In particular, its high levels of theobromine and magnesium fight free radicals. These compounds are also linked with increased circulation and better moisture retention—both boons to beautiful skin. 

Watermelon

Watermelon rejuvenates skin with its magnificently high water content—it’s 92% water! In addition, this fruit is a rich source of vitamins E, C, and A, which are all linked with healthy skin. Finally, it contains lycopene, an antioxidant that fights free radicals, making it a significant skin-saver. 

Walnuts

Walnuts deliver healthier skin (and a healthier body in general) because they are full of omega-3 fats and have more antioxidants than any other nut. Walnut proteins may also protect your skin from harmful UV rays, everyday sun damage, and thereby, photoaging.

Pomegranates

Research shows that ellagic acid, a bioactive molecule abundant in pomegranates, could slow the process of wrinkle formation. This compound works by preventing inflammation from UV rays and the breakdown of the collagen that keeps skin firm. 

Kale

Dark leafy greens, in general, are rejuvenating foods. Kale, in particular, is rich in active compounds like lutein, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids that appear to support your skin’s elasticity. These antioxidants may indirectly protect your skin from UV rays, free radicals and other toxins that accelerate skin ageing

These six versatile #WholeFoods may almost reverse wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and other signs of ageing on skin — in women and men alike. These foods are abundant in vitamins, minerals, essential fats, proteins and protective antioxidants that give you younger-looking skin.

Above all, these fruits and veggies are versatile and delicious. They can go into a variety of recipes, be eaten as a whole or be used as healthier substitutes for routine ingredients. So, get these foods on your grocery lists and do your bit in naturally rejuvenating your body and skin.

References

  1. The relationship between food and the signs of aging Health and Wellness, Loma Linda University
  2. High-ORAC Foods May Slow Aging Agricultural Research Service, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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  9. Pomegranate Juice and Extract Consumption Increases the Resistance to UVB-induced Erythema and Changes the Skin Microbiome in Healthy Women: a Randomized Controlled Trial Sci Rep. 2019; 9: 14528.
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