Contributed by: Rachana Arya

Introduction

Do they really exist? Foods that increase elasticity and firmness of the skin? Or at least tighten loose skin? 

Well, your choice of diet does matter when it comes to preventing laxity of the skin.

Your skin loses its elasticity over time due to various factors like age, poor diet, losing weight too quickly, and eating excessive sugar or salt.

Even though you should not expect a miracle overnight from eating certain foods, the right foods do create magic for your skin.

Eating right is the absolute best way to get you the skin of your dreams.

In this post, we will go through certain foods that make you look younger.

Go ahead and include the below-mentioned skin tightening foods in your diet and see them work wonders on your skin.

Cottage cheese

This delicious dairy product is not only a great source of calcium, which is something that most women in menopause and post-menopause need for preventing osteoporosis.

It provides you with live enzymes keeping your digestion normal and helping eliminate toxins from your body.

Additionally, cottage cheese has essential minerals including selenium that leaves your skin with a smooth and youthful glow as vitamin A (Retinol) helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while vitamin E helps you fight off free radicals. 

Apricots

Dried apricots are not only an easy snack to carry around; they are also a powerhouse full of vitamins and essential nutrients including phytochemicals that help you with a younger-looking appearance.

This is because they contain high amounts of B-carotene that stimulates the production of new skin cells and converts itself to the well-known anti-ageing vitamin A.

Consuming this powerful food saves you from the breakdown of collagen from photodamage after being exposed to the sunlight.

Pomegranates

With its neutralising properties, this superfood helps keep your skin healthy by fighting off free radicals that you come into contact with during the day.

Consuming this delectable fruit helps to keep your skin hydrated and supple, making it appear ‘plumper’ and masking the appearance of wrinkles and other age-related concerns.

Pomegranates, which are high in antioxidants, also stimulate cellular regeneration by waking up keratin-cycle (skin) cells.

Beets

Beets are a popular superfood that most dermatologists recommend to their patients because of the numerous health benefits they provide.

Beets are high in carotenoids, vitamin C, and folate. They have been shown to cleanse and offer an anti-inflammatory effect on swollen and inflamed skin, leaving the surface smooth and firm.

With studies confirming its anti-ageing effect, one key benefit of eating beets on a regular basis is that high amounts of folates and antioxidants can reduce the depth and severity of skin wrinkles by 60%!

You can eat them raw or juice them; it’s never too late to start incorporating more of this highly concentrated potent antioxidant into your daily routine.

Broccoli

Lutein, a carotenoid vitamin found in broccoli, acts to protect your skin from oxidative damage, which is known to cause fine lines and wrinkles, while also stimulating and maintaining collagen creation from vitamins C, selenium, and A.

Eating broccoli induces sulforaphane, which reduces the number of skin cells destroyed by UV light in 48 hours by up to 29%.

Sulforaphane works with other protective mechanisms to guard against UV damage while also eliminating free radicals that cause your skin to age.

Legumes

This ‘magical’ food provides our bodies with many needed nutrients and benefits that really turn them into the magical treat it really is.

When you include beans in your diet, you help to protect the skin by neutralising substances that are harmful to it.

With their anti-inflammatory characteristics, legumes assist to maintain healthy skin that is free of irritation and inflammation.

Another way these beans can help you seem younger is because they contain Biotin, which is a necessary nutrient to erase the indications of age written on your face.

Soy

Soy is an excellent food to include in your diet because it not only improves the appearance of your skin but also protects it from UV radiation, which can damage the cells inside our bodies.

It helps fight off free radicals from prematurely ageing your skin. It can be found in tofu, soybeans, and even soy milk!

Walnuts

Walnut is another food that makes your skin less blotchy, smoother and more taunt than it was before.

Including this omega-3-rich snack in your diet helps to shield the skin from the damaging rays of the sun and lock in moisture and minerals.

Many of you will note that with a high vitamin E concentration, the appearance of mild to moderate dark eye circles that cause an even more fatigued appearance will become visibly lighter, waking up those sleepy appearing eyes.

Final thoughts

Adding protein-packed foods and those loaded with antioxidants to your meals can slow down the hands of time.

Although getting rid of or at least minimizing loose skin isn’t an overnight fix, the fastest way to naturally firm your skin is to get your beauty sleep, live a healthier lifestyle and eat foods that not only taste good but that benefit the skin and the way you age.

Moreover, you should also frequently opt for health screening. It provides you with vital insights into your health, allowing you to take necessary measures to improve it.

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