Do you suffer from crow’s feet, laughter lines and wrinkles? Is your appearance getting your down? If so, a few small changes to your diet could help. Try munching on the following wrinkle-busting foods and enjoy a softer, younger complexion:
Believe it or not, pineapples are packed with antioxidants that help combat free radicals in the body. If left, free radicals can run riot damaging the delicate composition of each skin cell, so it’s important to eat a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Luckily, pineapples are delicious, as well as nutritious and should keep your skin in tip-top condition.
Papayas originate from North and South America and are ideal for fighting wrinkles and blemishes. They contain a magic enzyme known as papain – which encourages the production of new skin cells – and are packed with skin-reviving vitamins such as A, E and C. Many people book a chemical skin peel to achieve a glowing complexion, but papayas could do the trick.
Summer is here, so make a fresh avocado salad and give your body the energy boost it needs! This delicious fruit contains vitamins A, B and E which feed the skin and is rich in potassium, lutein and antioxidants.
It also contains monounsaturated fats which plump and smooth the skin and the natural oils will keep lines and wrinkles at bay. According to the World Beauty Book by Jessica Harris, avocado skin can also be used as an exfoliating scrub – so it’s worth a try, right?
If you’re into healthy eating, you have probably come across the term ‘superfood’. This is a word used to describe any food with a high nutrient or phytochemical content that are thought to be excellent for your health.
Blueberries are considered a superfood as they contain antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals and fibre and are thought to strengthen collagen production – which reduces coarse wrinkles.
Honey can do so much more than sweeten your tea. If want your skin to look instantly rejuvenated, try using it as a mask by spreading a thin layer on your face and letting it sit for 8-10 minutes before rinsing it off.
"Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws free water from the inner tissues to the surface layers of skin," says New York City dermatologist and psychiatrist Amy Wechsler, MD. "That subtle fluid shift creates a plumping effect that temporarily improves the appearance of wrinkles." Honey also soothes irritation, and it's packed with antioxidants to ward off free-radicals and fight aging.
The same olive oil you use for cooking is also a fantastic moisturizer. Choose an organic olive oil—it's higher in antioxidants—and massage a few drops directly onto your face. Amy Fazio, a pharmacist and co-owner of New London Pharmacy in New York City, also suggests using it to remove makeup. Put olive oil on a cotton pad, and even waterproof mascara will wipe away easily.
Next time you have an overripe tomato sitting around, use it for what Fazio calls a "Roma facial."
First, apply a layer of yogurt to your face (she recommends the Greek variety); then, take the juice of the tomato and paint it over the yogurt. The two ingredients blend together for the perfect combination of cleansing (from the enzymes in the yogurt) and skin-nourishing (from the antioxidant properties of the tomato). Relax for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water. "The tomatoes soothe the skin, reduce irritation, act as an astringent, and even fade sun spots," Fazio explains.
Chamomile tea can calm puffy eyes the same way it mellows you out before bed.
Steep two tea bags in hot water, and set them aside to cool. (Enjoy a cup of tea in the meantime.) Apply one tea bag to each eye, sit back, and relax for as long as you like. Swelling will virtually disappear.
You probably know that baking soda has umpteen uses, but you may not have realized that it's a fantastic face scrub.
Mix three parts baking soda with one part water, and massage it into your skin. It's extremely gentle, and because it dissolves it's difficult to over-exfoliate. Rinse it off with warm water, and follow with your favorite night cream.
Cosmetic surgery is available at clinics, but lemon juice is a non-surgical alternative. It’s highly acid, which helps to exfoliate the top layer of skin and can help remove any dead cells which might be blocking your pores. Lemon juice can also dry out spots, keeping acne under control and is also a natural bleach – helping you to dye excess facial hair.
Mother Nature provided plenty of natural cosmetics, so why not give them a go?