8 foods to help you stay glowing after 50

How we really are what we eat…

Getting older doesn’t mean having to spend thousands of pounds on anti-ageing creams or surgery. Looking to what you eat can help your skin stay gorgeous and glowing after 50.

Here are the best eight foods (and drinks) which are proven to help your body renew itself, and minimise signs of ageing on your skin.

Gorgeous and glowing after 50

1. Leafy green vegetables

Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collards, contain vitamin C which encourages the production of collagen. Collagen is the protein that helps the skin to stay full and plump. As you age, your collagen stores start to deplete. However, adding leafy green vegetables to your diet will restore collagen levels and reduce skin aging while improving its texture as well as firmness.

2. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids

According to a study, these help in fighting non-melanoma skin cancer by protecting against ultraviolet(UV) radiation on the skin. Therefore, the intake of foods rich in omega-3 acids will reduce inflammation signs and make the skin resistant to UV rays. Examples of such foods include salmon and cold-water fatty fish such as sardines. They are rich in vitamin E which is an antioxidant that helps the skin stay elastic, hydrated, and bouncy.

3. Dark chocolate

Pass on the milk chocolate and go for the dark chocolate instead. Staying gorgeous doesn’t have to be boring!  Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants called flavanols that improve blood flow to the skin as well as absorb UV radiation, improving your appearance.

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4. Avocados

They are delicious, and most importantly, filled with fats that keep the skin nourished and hydrated. Avocados contain fatty acids that fight inflammation and improve skin smoothness. Not enough? They are also rich in nutrients such as Vitamin K, C, E, A, B, and potassium which have anti-aging effects. Avocados are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin that protect the skin from UV damage. Vitamin A in the fruit also helps you shed dead skin cells. If you want to have healthy glowing skin at your 50s, add avocados in your food.

5. Olive oil

Olive oil helps in keeping the skin looking younger. It offers good monounsaturated fats that increase skin elasticity and firmness. A study by Nutrition Journal found that olive oil guards the skin and hair against damage caused by UV radiation. So, if you want to reduce the effects of photoageing on the skin it is a healthy choice to include olive oil in daily life.

6. Green tea

When choosing an energising drink that will also benefit your skin, green tea is the best choice for you. Results from a study in 2011 found that green tea is loaded with catechin, an antioxidant that increases blood flow to the skin. With boosted blood flow, your cells get a regular stream of fresh oxygen and nutrients that keep it looking younger. Research also shows that green tea helps in protecting the skin from harmful UV radiation, promotes better elasticity, and keeps the skin smooth.

7. Bone broth

It is a combination of water, chicken bones, and veggies scraps. The mixture is then put to simmer until it forms a thick texture. The bone broth is rich in collagen, gelatin, minerals, and amino acids which help the skin stay healthy and youthful. It erases wrinkles better than botox or wrinkle cream and reduces induced dry skin leaving you with a youthful glow.

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8. Berries

According to WebMD, berries such as blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are rich in antioxidants that slow the ageing process. They are also rich in vitamin C and E that keep the skin bright and healthy. A diet rich in antioxidant-rich fruits also keeps the skin free from radicals that damage collagen stores in your skin. Include berries in your breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a less wrinkle-prone look.

Eating well for a healthy glow

As you have read, what you eat affects your skin in many ways. Include the above foods in your diet, and the antioxidants and nutrients in them will your skin looking younger and vibrant regardless of your age.

About Kori Anderson

I'm a dermatologist and a health blogger. I run a site about skin care helping people to be beautiful, glowing and enjoy a healthy lifestyle and diet.