TROUT. PUMPKIN. Tomatoes. It may sound like a shopping list, but these are just a few of the power ingredients firing up anti-ageing.
These nutritional winners are now stretching well beyond the kitchen and into your skincare products. The oils and extracts of superfoods like chia seeds, amaranth and raspberries are capable of serious anti-ageing feats, from keeping collagen in good shape to hydrating dry skin and tightening up pores.
Adding a healthy dose of these farm-to-face picks into your daily routine could mean a complexion that looks 10 years younger. So, throw these miracle-working superfoods into your trolley today.
Pomegranate: The UV-exposure shield
Extract from pomegranate seeds (which are naturally high in antioxidants and cholesterol-lowering compounds) contains ellagic acid, a powerful polyphenol that can help prevent collagen breakdown and the inflammation caused by UVB rays, according to a recent study in the journal Experimental Dermatology.
Salmon and trout: The collagen stimulators
Hiding inside of oily fish is a tiny but mighty molecule that could change your skin for the better… creatine. Creatine is one of the building blocks for protein and muscle development, it is also an amino acid found in the body, most meats and fish like salmon and trout. So, how does it affect your skin? Theoretically, creatine may provide access to the building blocks of skin collagen, but this is yet to be proven in day-to-day use. Production of creatine declines with age, so seek out these skin savers and slather away.
Tomato: The pore minimiser
A firm favourite in salads and sandwiches, tomatoes also contain the potent antioxidant lycopene, which reduces the prominence of sebaceous secretions that improve the look of your pores. This anti-ageing all-star is also one of the best multi-tasking skin protectors around. When applied topically, it defends against free radicals and contributes to metabolic functions linked to growth and repair. Even better news: a study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in the US found that lycopene can reduce inflammation, boost cell renewal and inhibit DNA damage caused by UV exposure.
Pumpkin: The skin plumper
Pumpkins are rich in disease-preventing carotenoids, vitamin E and omega-3s. They also boast fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (known for their cell renewal properties) as well as vitamin A. The oil in the seeds, however, has one particularly attention-worthy ingredient:Zinc. Zinc is an essential trace element in the body very important in the production of collagen and connective tissue in the skin. Pumpkin, which contains large amounts of zinc, could be beneficial for those who may have lower levels. So, when you’re not slathering it on your face, throw it into salads or roast it instead of potato and serve alongside your next steak.
Chia seeds: The ultra-hydrator
The seemingly endless variations of chia (from pods and butter to chips and bars) are rich in fibre and protein. The oil the seeds harbour, however, is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it a must for hydrating creams and serums. They’re also packed with antioxidants for softening dry skin, reducing chronic redness and smoothing fine lines.
Red raspberry: The free radical fighter Not only do red raspberries taste great in smoothies and juices, but their high levels of anthocyanins and ellagitannins are responsible for their buzz in the beauty industry. In addition to fending off free radicals, these antioxidants also boast anti-inflammatory properties, according to a US study by the University of Rhode Island, making them especially effective to treat eczema and psoriasis. The oil from the seeds contains vitamins E, A and essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 to hydrate and rejuvenate skin.