Preserve your skin from the onslaught of years with a multiprong approach. Eat organic food, exercise regularly, don’t smoke—the usual. Then slow the aging process with these up-and-coming plant-based ingredients.
Argan oil. Made from the nuts (pictured above) of a Moroccan tree species, argan oil contains twice as much vitamin E as olive oil. Like other antioxidants, vitamin E slows the damaging effects of free radicals—molecules in your body that when exposed to environmental stressors, such as ultraviolet rays and car exhaust, start attacking and breaking down healthy cells.
Astaxanthin. This carotenoid antioxidant harvested from micro-algae and found in salmon packs a double punch: Not only does it protect cells from future sun damage when applied before sun exposure, but it also shores up skin after a day outside by fighting off the oxidative damage of free radicals.
Red tea. Recent studies performed by the Institute for Medical Science of Aging in Japan show that red tea, also called rooibos (pronounced “ROY-boss”), contains nearly 50 percent more skin-salvaging antioxidants than green tea. Bonus: This South African tea is caffeine-free and packed with zinc, a mineral that helps the body metabolize fatty acids and keep cells plump.
Turmeric. Curcumin, a naturally occurring chemical in this yellow-colored spice, slows down the aging process by fighting inflammation-causing, hormone-like proteins called cytokines.
Omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that the omega-3s in coldwater fish, such as wild salmon, sardines, and herring, prevent cellular inflammation—which, when unregulated, can damage collagen and cause wrinkles. Omega-3s also mitigate water loss from the skin, keeping cells plump and your complexion dewy. Take 1,000 mg of pure, mercury-free fish oil up to three times daily.
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By Cheryl Meyers, Delicious Living