Have you recently noticed fine lines and wrinkles pop up on your face that were never there before? If so, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. As we get older, the collagen production in our skin starts to slow down and elastin loses its spring. Outside environmental factors such as sun, gravity and hot water also play a role in the aging process.
But don’t give up on your skin just yet. There are plenty of natural ways to help slow those signs of aging. One of the easiest ways to protect your skin from further damage and help bring back the shine is by using antioxidants.
Antioxidants are substances that protect cells by inhibiting the interaction between oxygen molecules and the different substances they contact. They assist in skin repair and help strengthen blood vessels.
You don’t need to spend alot of money on antioxidants. Many can be found in their natural forms in the foods you eat every day. Here are some of the most common antioxidants found in food:
Vitamin A: Found in carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale, tomatoes, cantaloupe, peaches, apricots and collards.
Vitamin C: Commonly found in oranges, can also be found in limes and other citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli, leafy green veggies, strawberries and tomatoes.
Vitamin E: A fat-soluble vitamin, can be found in nuts and seeds, whole grains, leafy green veggies, liver oil and vegetable oil.
Selenium: Which is most commonly associated with fish and shellfish, is also found in red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic.
In addition to antioxidants, keep your healthy skin glowing by limiting your sun exposure and avoiding smoking.
If you would like to read more about the positive benefits of nutrition and overall skin care, I recommend reading, “American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide,” by Roberta Larson Duyff and the ADA (American Dietetic Association).