The connection between nutrition on skin aging has been an interesting research field from ancient times to nowadays. Skin aging consists of two didactically independent, clinically and biologically, distinct processes.
- The first is intrinsic skin aging, which represents chronological aging and affects skin in the same pattern it affects all internal organs.
- The second is extrinsic skin aging, which we view as aged skin and is the result of external factors and environmental influence, mainly chronic sun exposure and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation but also smoking, pollution, sleep deprivation and poor nutrition.
Prevention is the most effective way to work against extrinsic skin aging effects. The best prevention strategy against the harmful action of free radicals is a well-regulated lifestyle with low stress conditions and a balanced nutritional diet, including anti-oxidative rich food. antioxidants such as carotenoids, tocophenols and flavonoids, as well as vitamins (A, C, D and E), essential omega-3-fatty acids, some proteins and lactobacilli are capable to improve skin health and beauty.
- Enhance oxygenation of the skin
- neutralize harmful free radicals, helping to keep fine lines and wrinkles away.
- good for collagen production
- have a variety of anti-inflammatory properties
- help protect skin from sun damage, pollution, and environmental toxins.
- help your body shed dead skin cells, leaving you with glowing, vibrant skin.
- Help to produce collagen, improve strength and elasticity of the skin.
- promote strong, shiny hair,
- give skin a beautiful glow by preserving its natural oil barrier
- help to protect against skin cancers.
- promote skin cell turnover, and ultimately contribute to soft, youthful-looking skin.
- reduce levels of inflammation in our system.
The most of foods rich in antioxidants are come from fruits, vegetables and green leafy vegetable groups. The more colors you can fit on your plate is the better. Here are the top ten anti aging foods which are antioxidant dense.
BY: Dt. Mayumi Gunathilake (GLOBAL NUTRITION & ACTIVE LIVING)