Ever noticed how Italian women age so well, despite all that sun? It’s thanks to their Mediterranean diet, says the British Nutrition Foundation – packed with foods rich in antioxidants that reduce damage to your skin cells. Studies show that people who follow this type of diet enjoy a longer and healthier life.
Wrinkle Fighter Olive Oil
Why So Good? Olive oil consists of vitamin E and other antioxidants, which help neutralise free radicals – unstable chemicals that attack the body and damage the skin. But watch out for that calorie content. Olive oil is fattening so use it sparingly in place of butter or margarine, or drizzled over salads.
Wrinkle Fighter Green Tea
Why So Good? For years, it has been told our daily cuppa is the devil‘s drink as it contains high amounts of caffeine, but it turns out green tea is great in moderation. It’s a rich source of the antioxidant epigallocatechin, which is 200 times more powerful than vitamin E and helps fight ageing. Time to put the kettle on!
Wrinkle Fighter Oily Fish
Why So Good? Oily fish like mackerel, salmon and sardines are a good source of omega-3 oils, which protect against heart disease and cancer, enhance your immune system and help combat free radicals. Eating two portions (200g) a week completes the recommended weekly 3g. Try grilled sh with a green salad.
Wrinkle Fighter Carrots
Why So Good? Carrots are rich in betacarotene, the orange pigment your body converts to vitamin A, which prevents your skin from drying out. They are best when eaten raw, so grate them into salads as one portion of your recommended ve fruit and veggie a day.
Wrinkle Fighter Garlic
Why So Good? Packed with wrinkle-busting phytochemicals, garlic is also a fantastic anti-cancer and heart-preserving food. Include it either raw in salad dressings or cooked in food, but if you hate the taste (or value your love life), take an odourless garlic capsule every day instead.
Wrinkle Fighter Apricots
Why So Good? Dried apricots are a rich source of iron, which boosts levels of haemoglobin and improve cell regeneration, meaning younger-looking skin. They’re also a fantastic source of fibre, which aids digestion to help safeguard against bowel cancer,’ explains Jo. A handful a day keeps the Botox away.
Wrinkle Fighter Berries
Why So Good? Studies have shown that berries contain anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that mop up free radicals. Berries also contain vitamin C, another antioxidant that’s important for producing collagen and improving skin’s elasticity. Bung a handful into your muesli or yoghurt.
Feed Your Face
Forget pricey products, slap on these edible face masks instead
- Mash half an avocado and spread it over your entire face. Leave for 20 minutes before wiping off with a damp cloth.
- Combine 1tbsp of natural yoghurt, a few mashed strawberries and 1tsp of honey, and leave on your face for 15 minutes.
- Whizz up 2tbsp of natural yoghurt and two inches of cucumber in a food processor and apply onto your skin for the ultimate rehydration mask.