Anti-Aging Foods To Eat For Glowing Skin

of 10

Healthy Eating Equals Young Skin

older women
Creative RF/Sam Edwards/GettyImages

Maintaining glowing healthy skin as we age is a matter of balance and discipline. You need to use the right skin care products on a daily basis in order to have soft, smooth skin with as few wrinkles and fine lines as possible. But that is only part of the equation. You also need to lead a healthy lifestyle in order to have beautiful skin as you age. Part of that healthy lifestyle involves eating anti-aging foods.

of 10

Eat Fermented Foods

Creative RF/FotografiaBasica/GettyImages

Eating fermented foods helps to maintain a healthy gut. Why is this so important for healthy, young looking skin? Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, just to name two, help to maintain healthy bacteria in our gut. If your gut has more bad bacteria than good bacteria then inflammation starts to form in the body. Inflammation leads to the breakdown of collagen in our skin and wrinkles start to form. So by keeping a high level of healthy bacteria in your gut, you are actually helping your skin stay wrinkle free.

of 10

Eat Oranges

Creative RF/Brian Macdonald/GettyImages

Oranges help your skin in a number of ways. First of all, they are filled with water so they can hydrate your skin from the inside out. Since they are filled with Vitamin C, oranges can build collagen in your skin, which will keep you wrinkle free. One orange a day can give you half of your needed daily dose of Vitamin C. A British study found that the more Vitamin C you eat, the less dry your skin will be, and you will have fewer wrinkles as well.

of 10

Use Olive Oil

olive oil
Creative RF/Studer-T. Veronika/GettyImages

Cooking with olive oil and using it in salad dressings protects your body from disease and aging. Olive oil contains a type of antioxidant called polyphenols that help slow down the aging process. A diet rich in antioxidants protects your body from free radicals, which destroy your skin's collagen causing wrinkles and skin sagging. The more antioxidants in your diet the better; they keep you and your skin healthy.

of 10

Eat Fish

Creative RF/Angela Bax/GettyImages

Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fats, which might be able to stop skin cancer cells from growing. In addition, omega-3s keep cell walls plump, making them elastic and full again. Fatty fish such as salmon gives your skin an anti-aging boost. On the advice of her dermatologist, Victoria Beckham eats salmon everyday to maintain flawless and youthful skin. If you are not a fan of salmon consider eating artic char instead.

of 10

Eat Berries

Creative RF/photography by azrudin/GettyImages

Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries do many wonderful things to our skin. Like many other foods mentioned in this article, they are also high in antioxidants and can even help promote cell rejuvenation in your skin. In addition to antioxidants, berries contain vitamins, probiotics, flavonoids, and polyphenols, all of which protect our skin. Berries also contain ellagic acid, which may fight the negative effects the sun has on our skin.

of 10

Eat Nuts

Creative RF/Tetra Images/GettyImages

Nuts are a great source of unsaturated fat, vitamins, and minerals. They are also anti-inflammatory, which means they may be able to help reduce the effects of inflammatory skin diseases like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Like fish, nuts are a good source of omega-3s. Keep in mind that you don't want to go overboard when eating nuts, but the next time you feel like reaching for some potato chips you are better off eating a handful of almonds instead. Your skin will appreciate it.

of 10

Drink Green Tea

green tea
Creative RF/Westend61/GettyImages

Green tea is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and may even reduce the negative effects of the sun on the skin. There are skin care products that contain green tea in them so you can get all the positive skin benefits of this ingredients not just from the inside out but also from the outside in. Green tea also helps your skin cells grow properly and stay healthy, which keeps your skin plump and younger looking.

of 10

Eat Tomatoes

Creative RF/Westend61/GettyImages

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant that can stop free radicals from damaging the skin. Eating tomatoes before spending time in the sun has been shown to reduce sun damage to the skin. The sun causes most of our skin aging, so finding a way to stop that through the foods we eat is more than helpful.

of 10

Eat Oats

Creative RF/Westend61/GettyImages

Foods high in sugar actually cause skin aging, so it's important to reach for complex carbohydrates like oats that fill you up without causing your blood sugar to spike. When applied to the skin oats are soothing. Oats can also prevent damage to skin cells, which keeps them looking younger for longer.