I’m a woman of a certain age so the development of wrinkles and fine lines is inevitable, but when and how intensely these signs of skin aging form is somewhat controllable. So while you cannot alter your genetic code to preserve your skin, you absolutely take steps to protect it from the sun, care for it with great skincare habits, consistent usage of specific beauty products, and healthy foods.
Eating plenty of foods high in antioxidants, vitamins for skin repair, and fiber can help slow skin aging. Fresh, colorful fruits are the go-to foods for these nutrients. Try including these potently nutritious anti-aging fruits in your diet for a skin-nourishing boost.
*Please do a skin test to check for allergic reactions before eating and applying these fruits to your skin.
Kiwi for Vitamin C
Kiwi fruit is one of the best fruits to eat to help maintain younger-looking skin because it is such an excellent source of Vitamin C. While small, this fruit is large on both nutrition and flavor. One kiwi has well over the daily requirement for Vitamin C. It is also a good source of fiber. Plenty of fiber in the diet helps to eliminate toxins from the body. This takes some of the burdens of elimination off of the skin.
Why is Vitamin C so essential for aging skin? It is necessary for the formation of new collagen and it acts as a protective antioxidant. In mature skin, collagen starts breaking down and the skin loses some of its elasticity. Eating lots of Vitamin C-rich fruits such as kiwi fruit is a way to give the skin the necessary ingredients for renewal.
Other Fruits Packed with Vitamin C
Kiwis aren’t the only fruits that are packed with Vitamin C and repairs collagen. Some oranges will additionally hydrate your skin and maintain a radiant glow. Another great source of Vitamin C is bananas and strawberries. Did you know that just eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than a single orange? Strawberries help rid the skin of dark spots, lightens, and gives you a radiant glow. Lastly, pink grapefruit. This fruit acts as a natural exfoliant that not only aids in the reduction of dark spots it also repairs sun-damaged skin, moisturizes, and gives the skin a radiant glow.
Papaya and for Skin Repairing Vitamins
Papayas are another one of the best anti-aging fruits. Not only are they extremely high in vitamin C and fiber, but they are also rich in Vitamins A and E, both of which have antioxidant properties. With strong antioxidant action, they help to reduce inflammation, which contributes to the deterioration of the skin. They also help with skin healing and tissue repair. The carotenoids in papaya are important for protecting and renewing sun-damaged skin.
Other Fruits Packed with Vitamins
Cantaloupe and honeydew are loaded with Vitamin A which promotes skin regeneration. Vitamin B helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins E and K help your skin look healthy and radiant.
Pineapple for Anti-Inflammation
Pineapple is loaded with Vitamin C and an enzyme in the juice called bromelain. Bromelain is an anti-inflammatory. Pineapples also contain AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) which penetrate the skin clearing away dead skin to make way for new skin growth. The results will leave you with clear and brighter skin. In addition, bromelain is also great for reducing acne, skin irritations, psoriasis, and eczema.
Other Fruits Packed with Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Berries, pomegranates, and grapes have an antioxidant property called anthocyanins which are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-cancer. Meaning these properties are helpful with protecting the skin from sun damage which is a major cause of skin aging and cancers.
Avocado for Anti-Aging Skin
Avocados are great for the skin, both topically and when enjoyed as food. Eating this anti-wrinkle fruit can help to create smoother-looking skin. Not only are avocados rich in carotenoids, vitamin E, and fiber, but they are also high in omega oils to help fight inflammation and fortify the skin. This fruit also contains vitamin B5, which encourages regeneration and helps the skin to retain moisture.
Other Fruits Packed with Anti-Aging Properties
Dragon Fruit contains antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients which are great for reducing the signs of aging. The Vitamin C content also helps with acne when applied directly to the skin. Niacin (known as the B3 vitamin) also helps soothe sunburns and any irritation and inflammation resulting from overexposure to ultraviolet rays.
Watermelon for Hydration and Anti-Aging
Watermelon is 90% water and will give your body a hydration boost. It also naturally contains lycopene which gives the fruit its red color and lycopene is also an antioxidant from the tetraterpene carotenoid family. The lycopene contains anti-aging agents to help slow down the aging process. Don’t throw away those rinds. You can use them to
Other Fruits Packed with Hydration
Cantalope and honeydew are also 90% water so when applied directly to the face it will hydrate and rejuvenate the skin to keep it supple.
Let me reiterate, simply eating lots of kiwi fruit, papaya, and avocado will not stop wrinkles. You will get them as we naturally continue to age, but including these anti-aging fruits and a variety of vegetables, nuts, and seeds in the diet can help slow it down. Combined with healthy skincare habits packed with a nutrient-rich diet, and you’ll be on your way to beautiful, youthful skin.