Simple Eating Habits That Give You Better Skin and a Healthy, Youthful Glow

We will literally try any workout or beauty remedy that promises to make us look younger. But did you know that the key to losing years from your face is right in your kitchen? Both what we eat and how we eat have a huge impact on how old we look and feel. Need more proof? Check out the eating habits that can make you look younger.

Get cooking!

Woman Chopping food

When you cook at home, you’re more likely to eat better. | iStock.com/Anchiy

In a time when we expect everything to be “instant,” we tend to lean toward take-out over cooking at home. But cooking is actually a tool to help you look younger — and how you cook your food is key. Naturopath Elizabeth Peyton-Jones explains to the New York Post that steam frying is the best way to prepare meals. “The cooking process,” she says, “should retain maximum nutrients and antioxidants in all our food, to sustain us and keep us looking and feeling younger.”

Know your spices

a bowl of tumeric spice

Tumeric is a great spice and has anti-inflammatory properties. | iStock.com

Ditch the fear that healthy eating means your food loses flavor! There are a plethora of spices that aren’t just good for your body, but they can also take years off your appearance. Additives such as turmeric, ginger, and cayenne pepper — just to name a few — are packed with a variety of vitamins to help keep skin softer and younger-looking. Even commonplace cinnamon has been proven to improve blood circulation, bringing blood vessels to the surface and improving skin quality.

Add fat, whenever possible

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Avocado toast is a great way to get your healthy fats. | iStock.com/jenifoto

Knowing the difference between good fats and bad fats is crucial in maintaining a healthy diet. Good fats such as nuts, avocado, fatty fish, and olive oil function as fountains of youth. The omega-3 fatty acids aid in preserving the skin’s elasticity, and battle against the damage caused by over-exposure to the sun.

Go crazy for antioxidants

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Green tea is full of antioxidants. | iStock.com

We aren’t just talking about fruits here — although you should be getting plenty of those in your diet as well. Antioxidant-rich foods treat your whole body, but also improve your skin’s elasticity. Sip on an afternoon green tea, savor a bite of dark chocolate, and hoover as many vegetables as you can stomach. (Bonus points for veggies like carrots that have beta carotene, which fights off free radicals that age your skin.)

Consider taking a probiotic

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A daily probiotic is a great way to stay youthful. | iStock.com

It’s fascinating how poor digestion and skin conditions go hand-in-hand. So naturally, having a healthy gut thanks to probiotics is connected to having healthier skin. Just make sure to talk to your doctor before integrating this form of healthy bacteria into your regimen. Not all probiotics are approved by the FDA, so getting as much information as you can from an expert is important.

Get familiar with anti-inflammatory foods

blueberries

Blueberries are one secret to staying youthful. | iStock.com

Anti-inflammatory foods should be staples in your diet no matter what. Cucumbers, blueberries, and sweet potatoes — just to name a few — help fight inflammation in the body, in addition to many other health benefits. And reduced inflammation also means a healthier, younger-looking complexion.

Drink a cup of joe

Pretty woman with coffee in hand walks

Coffee is a great (and delicious) way to retain that youthful glow. | iStock.com/Ales_Utovko

We know — not everyone likes coffee. But if you want to look younger, this morning staple can help you achieve that goal. The key is to not load your coffee with a bunch of artificial sweeteners, which have the opposite effect on your appearance. While we are on that subject …

Ditch the garbage

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A delicious, but dangerous dessert. | iStock.com/happy_lark

At this point, you have probably guessed that good eating habits play a huge roll in how old you look. So it may not surprise you that refined sugars and heavily processed foods add years to your complexion. In fact, there’s no way to combat looking older if you keep eating a ton of sugar. “There is no point in spending lots of money on expensive skin creams if you are eating a diet high in sugar,” cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Aamer Khan tells the Daily Mail. Long story short: Ditch the cakes and canned soups.

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