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This is Martha Thomas, head of customer care for Tree of Life Beauty, and I want to welcome you to our weekly newsletter where we discuss important ways to age gracefully, “how-tos” for keeping skin healthy as you age, and so much more about your skincare regimen.
Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be discussed with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.
Healthy skin works from the outside in and the inside out. If you want young, radiant, age-defying skin, most wrinkle products can’t work their magic without a little boost from your diet and nutrition.
What can you eat to help your skin naturally promote those age-defying features so your favorite Matrixyl Anti-Aging Moisturizer can do its job even better?
Avocados are a form of monounsaturated fats, which help your cells maintain their hydration. Hydrated cells lead to supple skin and diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines. Avocados also help your skin better absorb the vitamins and nutrients it needs, so it can actually boost the effectiveness of your skincare products.
Avocados are so good for the skin that you’ll find avocado fruit oil in a lot of topical products, like our Niacinamide Serum. Avocados are brightening and moisturizing—on the outside and inside!
Functioning in the same way, olive oil is also ideal for your cell’s ability to retain moisture. Olive oil may also help prevent age-related diseases, actually reversing signs of age in your organs and cells. This same philosophy applies to the maturation and wrinkling of the skin, as olive oil may work to help promote healthy cell production.
Oranges are loaded with water, which help to hydrate your skin cells in minutes! (Drinking water is one of the best ways to revitalize your skin instantly.) Furthermore, oranges are an amazing source of vitamin C, which helps promote collagen production. Consuming and cleansing with vitamin C may be the powerhouse that your skin needs to look younger and more supple! Pink grapefruit is another great source of vitamin C.
Brussels sprouts are another source of vitamin C, as well as vitamin A and folate. Vitamin A and folate can help prevent skin damage, which works well with vitamin C’s promotion of collagen production. Together, these little sprouts are an anti-aging powerhouse for current and future wrinkles! You’ll get similar effects with kale, collard greens, broccoli, and cauliflower. Leafy greens are usually a good purchase since they’re great for your skin and organs.
Phytoceramides are not a food group, but you can get these from spinach, wheat germ, brown rice, and beets as well as other leafy greens. Ceramides are little protectors that keep our skin firm, but they slow down and diminish production as we age. Phytoceramides are plant-based ceramides that work against this slowing of ceramide production to protect the outer layer of skin and also fight against dehydration and wrinkling.
Salmon is chock full of omega fatty acids, which have anti-aging effects throughout the body. Omega fatty acids keep the walls of the skin cell plump and healthy, which makes your face radiant and glowing! Omega fats are also found in walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, olive oil and avocados (even more reason to eat avocados and olive oil).
The skin of grapes contains resveratrol, which has been found to counter inflammation. Long-term inflammation is one of the greatest causes of wrinkles. This inflammation can actually stretch and crease the skin over time. Grapes, though, may actually fight off inflammation, slow this aging process, and even help fight off sun damage. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin E also help to reduce inflammation when applied to the skin, like with our hyaluronic acid serum.
Yogurt and other fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kimchi, are filled with probiotics and good gut bacteria. By introducing more probiotics into the intestines, your system starts working better and overall body toxins are reduced. This spreads throughout your cells, including your skin cells. You’ll notice that tired and sagging skin will find life again with a diet of probiotic-rich foods.
Oats are low-glycemic carbs, which stabilize blood sugar (unlike high-glycemic carbs like breads and pasta, which spike blood pressure and can cause acne and wrinkles). Although oats will not reverse wrinkled skin, a bowl of oats can soothe skin irritation and prevent further damage from environmental toxins and UV rays.
Rooibos tea is a reddish tea with a lot of health benefits, including the ability to fight off serious infections. One such benefit is that it can help protect skin from premature aging, and it may even work to reverse fine lines and dark circles under and around the eye!
Green tea is also great to drink—or used as an exfoliator on your face—since it’s loaded with antioxidants that protect the skin from environmental damage. Plus, green tea is used in spas worldwide because of its ability to brighten skin.
Pro-Tip #11: Drink water! Water is the easiest way to boost your skin’s hydration and minimize the look of wrinkles.