Eat your way to younger looking skin

Although ageing is a natural part of life, some foods can help slow the process.

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Vitamin A

There are two key types of vitamin A–retinol (from animal products) and carotenoids (from yellow or orange fruit and veggies such as mango, papaya and carrots). Eating foods that contain retinol or carotenoids (which are converted to retinol by the body) has been shown to prevent premature skin ageing and cell damage.

Vitamin C

This powerful antioxidant protects our cells, including skin cells, from oxidative damage, as well as internal elements like stress. Find vitamin C in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes. 

Vitamin E

A fat-soluble, essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin E works with vitamin C and aids with the normal formation of collagen and protects against cell damage and UV damage. It’s found in nuts, sunflower seeds and green, leafy vegetables.

Omega-3 and omega-6

These fatty acids help to ward off signs of ageing by keeping our skin hydrated. They have been shown to help with skin conditions caused by inflammation and help create a protective barrier to the skin’s surface. Find them in chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, soy products and green vegies.