Ways To Keep Young Looking Skin!
Whilst we all know that sun damage and cigarette smoke speed up skin ageing, our daily food intake plays a large part in how young (or old) your skin will look.
SUGAR in our diet, particularly refined sugar prematurely ages skin, creates dullness, discoloration and contributes to deep lines. Cut out as much refined sugar as you can….I’ve been sold ‘partly’ on a ‘paleo style’ lifestyle where it’s focus is on eliminating dairy products and processed food and all forms of sugar.
To protect your skin, and even reverse some of the damage try filling your diet with foods that have natural skin-boosting properties — such as purple, red or black fruit and vegetables, beans and wholegrains (the last two are definitely not part of a paleo diet, hence why I’m only ‘partly’ sold on paleo!)
To protect our skin and to make it look and feel younger we need to start with cultivating a healthier gut microbiome. Most beneficial bacteria thrive from good carbohydrates, these are soluble fibres found in oat bran like porridge or bircher muesli, fruit salad, eggplant dip, lentils, soy beans….and the list goes on!
Another good carb is derived from resistant starch. Research has found that resistant starch is another source of dietary fibre and to not bore you with the scientific detail the research does suggest it may be as important as fibre to help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer! It’s found naturally in unprocessed foods such as cereals, firm bananas, lentils and beans.
Resistant starch are starchy foods (potatoes, rice or pasta) that are cooked and then cooled it’s this process that makes them resistant to digestion and travel through your intestines to feed your good bacteria. Other food to improve the healthy level of bacteria in your gut is yogurt….NOT that sweet stuff that’s been processed and destroy the health benefits of yogurt but the yogurt that is as natural as possible, such as Greek Style Yogurt.
The key is keep your food fresh, limit caffeine and alcohol and do what the southern Europeans do….detox once a month or once every quarter for just 3 to 5 days! Give it a shot and see how you go over the next few months !
Lastly, keep your skin care to a strict routine, morning and night and remember to protect your skin and beautiful face from the harmful rays of UV radiation….particularly true for people living closer to the equator, e.g. Australia! So slip, slop, slap that sun cream irrespective of the weather.
Until next time……