Beauty Superfoods for beauty, lashes, Kate Ritchie
No treatment can compare to the age-defying benefits of foods that double as beauty boosters
When Aussie nutritionist Lola Berry meets someone, she always notices their face – no matter how old they are – and if they’re “vital” or not.
A person appears vital when their “skin is bright and the whites of their eyes are clear,” explains Lola. “You can also see it in people’s energy. When you’re healthy, you’re the best version of yourself.”
To get in on the glow up, Lola recommends swapping an exxy face cream for nutrient-dense foods, which will make you feel beautiful, inside and out.
Food for your face
Load up on these to boost collagen production, reduce free-radical damage and balance your hormones – the key factors behind unhappy skin. BLUEBERRIES “The antioxidant anthocyanin – the stuff which makes blueberries blue – can help combat free-radical damage and protect you from inflammation, which not only ages the skin, but the brain, too,” says Lola. CHOCOLATE “Dark chocolate – we’re talking about 70 per cent cocoa and raw cacao powder – helps combat beauty’s number one enemy – stress. Reduced stress means less collagen breakdown and less wrinkles.” MACA POWDER “It’s a Peruvian root vegetable known for its hormone-modulating effects. It’s also said to increase libido, especially in males.” OYSTERS “They’re one of the best food sources of zinc. This is important for tissue growth, including our hair, skin and nails.” .” PAPRIKA “The spice is packed d full of vitamins ns A, B6, C and E, , as well as iron, n, which makes it t the perfect nail il l spice. Its awesome so ome colour comes from the carotenoids (beta-carotene), which are brilliant for skin health, too.”
The ultimate youth booster? Fat!
“The body thrives on good fats and our skin loves it,” says Lola. “I eat about an avo a day! Other great fats include wild salmon, mon, raw nuts, coconut oil, eggs and organic butter.”
Ageing ingredients ts
“White, refined sugar is what hat we consume the most of, which ich ages us,” says Lola. If you decide to change just one thing, cut out the sneak sneaky refined sugar in n lollies lollies, dips, cereals, health bar bars, and even health th d drinks. For overall l h health, it’s a great idea to s stay off heated, p polyunsaturated o oils [used in tak takeaway fryers] and hy hydrogenated oil oils, which are used in confectionery.” confectio
A healthy snack for a sweet tooth
“Remove the pit from a medjool date, stuff it with a walnut and then sprinkle it with cinnamon. The delicious treat will satisfy any sugar craving while quelling your hunger with ith a small, healthy snack.” nack.”
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