Getting older is inevitable.
But looking older doesn’t have to be inevitable.
After all, beauty and youth runs so much deeper.
“True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul,” Audrey Hepburn once said.
“It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”
Today, subtle lifestyle shifts can help you achieve a youthful look that belies your “true” biological age.
And while more drastic measures, like visits to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, can help reverse the hands of time, the foods you eat make a difference, too.
At your next meal, consider adding one of the following effective anti-aging foods for women over 50.
Incorporate these anti-aging, wrinkle-fighting foods regularly.
You’ll reveal a smoother, more flawless complexion that will have your friends, family and coworkers second-guessing how old you are.
The fruit of the pomegranate shrub (Punica granatum) are eye-catching, thanks to their vibrant hue, and your skin will be eye-catching when you eat more of this fruit.
A single cup of the edible seeds yield a third of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and vitamin K, which help brighten your skin tone.
Pomegranates are also exceptionally high in anti-aging antioxidants.
In fact, the fruit’s antioxidant levels are nearly three times that of red wine or green tea.
(1) Your skin develops wrinkles and other signs of aging due to damage caused by free radicals, and antioxidants neutralize these free radicals.
In other words, a cup of pomegranate is a cup of vital nutrition that your aging skin needs.
The next time you enjoy guacamole dip, you’re dipping into some incredible anti-aging benefits.
Avocados are rich in a healthy type of fat known as monounsaturated fatty acids.
These fats moisturize your skin from the inside out, creating a softer, dewier complexion.
If you suffer from fine lines and wrinkles, as many women over the age of 50 do, well-moisturized skin shows this skin damage less prominently.
In fact, one study reported that “intake of monounsaturated fatty acids has been reported to reduce oxidative stress, insulin resistance and related inflammatory processes and may thus protect from skin photoaging.” (2)
That’s fancy scientific jargon to say that eating avocados and other sources of monounsaturated fat reduces skin inflammation and keeps skin looking youthful.
New research warns that the older you get, the more your body needs the amino acids that make up protein to help repair damage and stress in your skin and the rest of your body.
(3) Fail to provide your body with enough protein, and your skin will start to show its age more and more.
Eggs are one of the most easily digestible forms of protein, making it easy for your body to rush skin-repairing nutrients to your skin surface.
Try making a sandwich with avocado and eggs for a powerful wrinkle-fighting meal.
Approximately 90 per cent of women don’t eat enough vegetables, warns researchers.
(4) This robs your skin of the vital phytonutrients that help defend your skin from damage, and help to speed up how quickly your skin can repair existing damage like fine lines or skin spots.
Aim to add at least one extra serving of high-antioxidant vegetables to your day today.
Great choices include:
- Herbs like garlic and onions
An additional anti-aging benefit of eating more veggies is the boost in fiber you get.
Fiber helps to improve your digestion, so your skin gets more of the vital nutrients in the food you eat.
Extra fiber also helps flush out toxins that could be harming your skin.
If you have a hard time eating more veggies, try blending them into a smoothie.
Drinking your raw veggies is much faster than trying to eat more and more salad.
If signs of aging has got you feeling blue, take hope: blueberries are the so-called “king of antioxidants” and have more antioxidant activity than most other fruits.
(5) This means these are one of the best berries for women over the age of 50 to enjoy if they want a brighter, clearer and younger appearance.
Studies have also shown that blueberries defend against DNA damage, which is the core cause of aging in both your skin as well as every other cell in your entire body.
This means that not only do you protect yourself from the signs of aging, but you also prevent aging on the cellular level, lowering your risks of aging-related diseases and potentially even cancer.
Watermelon is a delicious and easy way to incorporate more water into your day.
Staying well-hydrated helps flush your system of toxins that could be dulling or harming your skin.
Staying hydrated also keeps your skin plump and firm.
The red color in watermelon comes from antioxidants and beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A.
Vitamin A is one of the most widely used anti-aging ingredients on the market, and watermelon is a prime source for this nutrient.
Your gut health is linked with your skin’s health.
One meta-analysis of multiple studies (6) reports:
“The body of evidence demonstrating the beneficial effects of probiotics on the skin continues to grow in the published literature.”
In clinical trials, the study notes that probiotics slow down “the skin manifestations of both intrinsic and extrinsic aging.”
They even noted that probiotics could improve your hair health!
Yogurt is one of the best whole foods sources of probiotics.
Yogurt is also high in protein and calcium, which also enhance skin strength.
Almonds are rich in healthy fats, which keep your skin moisturized.
Almonds are also a natural source of vitamin E, a vitamin that helps soothe away fine lines and wrinkles.
Almonds are also rich in magnesium, a mineral that helps control blood sugar.
(7) Blood sugar spikes can cause embarrassing skin situations, including adult acne breakouts.
Eating more almonds keeps your skin calmer and smoother.
Most women should aim for 310mg to 420mg of magnesium a day, and a handful of almonds gets you nearly 150mg!
Almonds also pack in a lot of fiber, which as mentioned earlier, can boost your overall wellness and vibrancy.
Lemons have an alkalizing effect on your body’s pH, helping your body to run more efficiently.
This includes boosting the efficiency of your natural detox and repair process, resulting in a brighter, clearer complexion.
Lemons are also rich in vitamin C, which can help clear and erase discolorations in your skin tone.
Finally, some women also find that their digestion and metabolism slows down as they get older.
By adding lemon juice to your morning tea or water, you can jumpstart your digestion and help rev your internal engine.
In the above list, you likely recognize one or two foods that you might already be enjoying.
Consider adding one new anti-aging food to your diet every week.
You can even find creative ways to combine some of the above foods, such as eating yogurt topped with almonds for breakfast.
Your general health will thank you, and your skin’s radiance will show how this new, healthy approach to fighting aging is impacting you.
Eat to a younger complexion!