Getting older seems to cost quite a lot. We spend an absolute fortune on the latest creams and serums in attempt to keep wrinkles and fine lines firmly underneath the surface! Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a time and a place for anti-aging lotions and potions and I think there are some amazing products that really do help, but here at Hip & Healthy, we also believe that treating beauty through health is just as important. The food we put in our bodies is incredibly powerful and it can easily be the making or the breaking of our skin health. Below are some of our favourite anti-aging superfoods that we love to include in to our lifestyle.
Blueberries are awesome! Not only do they taste good, they are also the perfect anti-aging superfood. We’ve all heard that blueberries are one of the best sources for antioxidants but what are antioxidants exactly and why are they important for our skin? Antioxidants are shown to protect the skin against damaging, free radicals. These free radicals can be found anywhere from fumes in polluted cities to pesticides on our food…(a great reason to opt for organic food where possible) Get you blueberry fix with our Get Up & Glow Smoothie!
We wanted to include oats in this anti-aging list because it’s a great combat to sugar. Studies have found sugar (the evilest of substances!) can cause inflammation to the skin. Sugar, found in high glycaemic foods, has also been shown to break down collagen, affecting our skins elasticity. Bring on the oats! Oats help stabilise our blood sugar levels and helps to slow down the rate sugar enters our blood stream. Porridge for breakfast? Oh all right, if you insist!
Oranges are famous for their vitamin C content and this is what makes them a brilliant anti-aging food. Vitamin C helps promote collagen and has been found to help protect the skin against sun damage, another factor that contributes to anti-aging. Fresh out of the skin is the way to go, or if you fancy something a little more refreshing, get squeezing and chuck in some ice cubes!
Olive oil is a fantastic treatment for giving our skin plumpness and glow! Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids and these healthy fats help replace the oils that get striped away from things like commercial soaps and hair products, and the ever changing climate. As well as giving your salad a good drizzling, we love making homemade facemasks with it!
What are these little hippie seeds doing in this list you might ask? Well hempseeds are a great source of gamma-linoleic-acid (bit of a mouthful), an anti-inflammatory fat that forms a part of the membrane that surrounds the skin cells. We also recommend adding hempseeds into your diet because of it’s protein content. With one tablespoon of hempseeds adding up to just over 5 grams of protein, it’s an ideal, vegan form of protein that helps keep the skin firm and soft. Sprinkle in to your morning smoothie for a superfood kick!
Our last and final anti-aging superfood is coconut water! Staying hydrated is the key to youthful looking skin and it’s a delicious way to do it! Coconut water is full of electrolyte minerals like magnesium, sodium and potassium which help the body maintain fluid levels. Staying hydrated will work wonders for your skin and it’s amazing how much of a difference once small change can make. This one’s a no-brainer for us! For the real coconut experience, go for CocoFace Coconuts…and if you’re looking for a convenient gym bag essential, get your hands on some Jax Coco!