If you are in your 20s, 30s and 40s, and you eat healthy, don’t smoke and you use sunscreen, you have got a good headstart.
To look and feel radiant you must provide your body with the raw materials (the essential nutrients) to make the best cells and hormones to keep you looking young. You need vitamin A, C and E, and fatty acids.
But if you’re looking in the mirror right now and wondering where your fresh-faced complexion went, be reassured — it is never too late to fix things naturally.
Eating colourful vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, with small amounts of whole grains and fruit, and staying hydrated, could help you to look younger than your age.
Other superfoods that are rich in antioxidants as listed by Daily Mail are:
Acai (available as a powder from health food stores): Add to smoothies and juices for healthier, fresher-looking skin.
Blueberries: Calms inflammation. Use fresh or frozen.
Dark, green vegetables such as kale: Rich in vitamins A, C, K, plus calcium and iron, these are great for your skin’s immunity.
Green tea: Contains anti- oxidants called polyphenols, making it good for warding off inflammation and free radicals.
Pomegranate seeds (pictured): Packed with vitamin C to help fight skin damage.
Things you should avoid
Margo Marrone, a British pharmacist recommends being as vigilant when buying a products or processed food items.
‘Look out for preservatives called parabens — they will be listed as methylparaben, ethylparaben or isobutyl. They get absorbed and go straight into the bloodstream and can mimic oestrogen in the body.
‘Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, so watch out for formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. These are not listed as formaldehyde, but as 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 2-diol, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.’