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What To Eat For Younger Looking Skin

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When it comes to looking good and having youthful skin, eating the right kind of diet is more important than you think. Creating beauty from the inside out has become sort of a craze lately, with a new area of research all its own called nutricosmetics, but it has been this way for many centuries. As more and more people are beginning to rediscover that they can heal their skin and create a glow from their diet, certain foods have come to the forefront as being superstars. There are a few pioneers of this movement but one of the most well known has got to be Maye Musk, the mother of Elon Musk, who at 70 years old is still a supermodel and a registered dietitian that helps her clients create youthful skin through diet.

Maye Musk might be out of your reach, but the foods that she recommends to her clients are not. The kind of diet that Musk suggests eating is supposed to be balanced to give your skin the best nutrition while at the same time making sure that you don’t take in too many chemicals or toxins that will harm your skin or cause it to break out. This means avoiding sugary foods in particular, including high-sugar fruits such as pineapples and cantaloupe, as well as excess alcohol and refined carbohydrates. Experts also suggest staying away from smoking and ultraviolet radiation.

The skin becomes more and more susceptible to environmental factors with age because of a few processes that take place in our bodies. The skin has two main proteins that are used in the skin and that create a youthful-looking skin, tight and supple. These are elastin and collagen and they help maintain firmness and elasticity. The body naturally creates less and less of these two proteins as we age which shows on the skin. Youthful skin can also be overpowered by free radicals though, even when we are young. The body has natural antioxidants but if the free radicals overpower them then the signs of skin aging will show prematurely. Free radicals damage elastin and collagen specifically which affects the overall appearance of the skin. Ultraviolet rays can also incur more free radical molecules which leads to more damage in the skin structure.

Youthful skin doesn’t have to disappear with age though – there are many foods that will help you boost your levels of collagen and introduce more moisture into your skin. Antioxidant rich foods will also help your body’s natural antioxidant supply to not be depleted and keep the free radicals at bay. Take a look below at a list of some foods that you can add to your diet, or increase your consumption of, to keep your skin glowing.


Collagen Rich Foods

You don’t have to wait until you’re older to start eating foods that will benefit and boost the collagen in your body. Starting now and setting a habit for yourself will ensure that even as you age the collagen will not be depleted in your body. There are two sources of collagen in nature – either cultivated from other mammals, meat or poultry, or from plants. Non-vegan collagen can usually be obtained through powder form or bone broths. Some research has already been conducted on the use of hydrolyzed collagen as a collagen-booster and anti-aging product and the results are promising. To take advantage of collagen boosting foods, start adding more of these foods to your daily routine:

    • Beans
    • Berries, blackberries/blueberries/raspberries/strawberries
    • Garlic
    • Kale
    • Spinach
    • Lean Meats, poultry/red meat/fish
    • Bone Broth

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