Remember the phrase; “you are what you eat”? When it comes to your skin, this couldn’t be more true. Sure, you could slather your skin with high-quality products twice a day in the hopes of erasing the appearance of those wrinkles and tightening the look of your skin, but if you’re consuming a skin-destroying diet at the same time, results, if any, will be slow to appear.
If you really want to see a difference in your skin, then you’ll need to start combining good skincare with an anti-aging diet. How? Stick with us at Venofye – we’re about to explain.
Start With Vitamin C
There are several nutrients that are key in a good anti-aging diet, but one of the most important is vitamin C. Why? Because of how it stimulates collagen production in the skin.
Collagen is one of the main proteins that hold your skin up from beneath. It gives your skin structure, volume, and smoothness. Unfortunately, natural collagen production declines with age, hence the wrinkles and sagging skin that accompany this.
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant. It’ll neutralize the free radicals in your skin that accelerate the aging process. This also helps to counter the effects of sun damage.
So, which vitamin C-rich foods should you be adding to your anti-aging diet?
Some of the best sources are:
- Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruit
- Yellow bell peppers
- Leafy greens, such as spinach and kale
Since vitamin C is quite a temperature-sensitive vitamin, it degrades quite quickly when exposed to heat. For this reason, try to consume vitamin C-rich foods in their raw form as much as possible. Alternatively, cook them very lightly and very quickly.
Vitamin C Skincare
While science backs the fact that adding more vitamin C to your diet will give you better skin, you can double up on these effects by making use of vitamin C-infused skincare products too.
Here at Venofye, we love all that vitamin C does. So, you’ll find it in several of our products, with the ViperLift Bio Serum being one of the most popular. This serum has been designed to target the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and it contains vitamin C in its purest form; ascorbic acid.
However, if the visibility of dark spots and other signs of sun damage are your biggest concern, then consider the Orchard Bee Dark Spot Solution. This serum makes the most of vitamin C’s properties by combining it with other proven ingredients that lighten the look of the skin. You’ll find kojic acid, licorice root extract, lactic acid, bee venom, and vitamin A in this formula.
Add in Some Healthy Fats
Many people believe that all fats are bad, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are plenty of healthy fats out there. These aren’t just vital for several functions within your body, but they’re key to keeping your skin healthy and hydrated too.
So, while we wouldn’t recommend chowing down on greasy, fatty, fried food, we would definitely say yes to foods like olive oil and fatty fish. Why those two in particular?
Olive oil is packed with monounsaturated fats. Research shows that these fats have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect that can reduce the skin aging process. This is enhanced by all of the other anti-inflammatory compounds in olive oil, such as beta carotene and phenolic compounds.
When it comes to fatty fish, this is a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids. Again, this acts as an anti-inflammatory and can help to improve skin hydration and elasticity.
Avocados are another fantastic plant-based source of healthy fats. Just like olive oil, they’re packed with monounsaturated fat that can make the skin smoother and bouncier.
Healthy Fats in Skincare
The healthy fats that you consume are needed in so many different parts of your body. This means that your skin only receives a small portion of it. So, in addition to adding more of them to your anti-aging diet, look for skincare products that deliver them topically too. Healthy fats usually have quite a fast-acting effect when used on the skin – you should notice that your skin quickly looks plumper and fuller.
One product that takes these effects to the next level is our very own Iron Bee Skintight Syringe. You’ll find avocado oil in this blend, which, as mentioned above, is a great source of healthy fats. This is combined with other high-performance ingredients that enable you to enjoy instant effects each time you use this product.
Another option would be our Royal Bee Rapid IV Plump Infusion. In addition to avocado oil, this fast-acting formula is also infused with sweet almond oil. This is another ingredient known for being loaded with healthy fats.
Focus on Antioxidants
We’ve already talked about vitamin C, but there are so many other antioxidants out there. Antioxidants are vital in an anti-aging diet. Without them, your skin would age so much faster. You’d develop fine lines and wrinkles earlier on in life, along with dark spots, sagging skin, and a dull complexion.
Antioxidants not only prevent this, but they also reverse those aging changes that have already begun.
So, how can you add more antioxidants to your anti-aging diet?
It’s easy. There really are so many antioxidant-rich foods out there.
Every fruit and vegetable will contain its own range of antioxidants. This is why “eat the rainbow” is great advice. By consuming fruits and vegetables of every color, you’ll be covering all bases. For example, eat some tomatoes for lunch for a dose of lycopene, and then some carrots with your evening meal for some beta-carotene.
That said, some foods do contain more antioxidants than others. Some of the best ones to add to your anti-aging diet include:
- Dark chocolate – a 100g portion of dark chocolate contains even more antioxidants than blueberries and raspberries
- Blueberries – one of the best sources of antioxidants among the most commonly eaten fruits and vegetables
- Strawberries – in addition to vitamin C, strawberries contain an important, skin-loving antioxidant group called anthocyanins
- Artichokes – although rich in antioxidants, frying artichokes reduces their antioxidant content. However, boiling and steaming increase it
- Goji berries – referred to as a superfruit because of all of the antioxidants within
Ideally, try to have two, or even three, portions of colorful fruits and vegetables with each meal.
Antioxidants in Skincare
Antioxidants are abundant in skincare. It would be difficult to find a product that didn’t contain any.
That said, just like with the foods that you eat, some products contain better antioxidants than others. If you’d like to really supercharge your skin with antioxidant goodness, Venofye recommends the Apitoxin Collagen Cream.
This formula is potent, which is why we recommend it for weekly, rather than daily use.
If you’d prefer to pile on those antioxidants in mask form instead, try the Venofye Orchard Bee Elevating and Balancing Mask. From ginkgo to sage, there are a number of botanicals in this formula that are revered for their antioxidant properties.
Before we finish, let’s talk serums. If you’re looking to beef up your routine, then the Beehive Hydracap is worth a try. This is an encapsulated serum. That means that it keeps each dose of serum potent for longer, since it prevents air or light from degrading the ingredients within.
Sip on Some Green Tea
We may have already discussed antioxidants, but the antioxidants within green tea deserve a mention of their own. These antioxidants are called polyphenols, and they do spectacular things for your skin.
Not only will green tea help with skin elasticity and firmness, but it can also reduce sun damage in skin cells. This means that all of those dark spots and expression lines could soon be a thing of the past.
Research also shows that green tea has a moisturizing effect on the skin. This is extremely important as the skin ages. Why? Because as the skin grows older, it thins out. This means that it’s less capable of retaining moisture, leaving it drier. To make things worse, fine lines and wrinkles appear so much more prominent on dry skin.
Drink more green tea and not only will you be treating your skin to all of those moisturizing compounds and anti-aging antioxidants, but you’ll also be quenching it with all of that extra water that you’re sipping on.
Don’t enjoy the taste of green tea?
Venofye’s top tip is to mix it with honey. However, wait until your tea cools slightly before adding the honey. This helps to retain all of its nutrients better.
Green Tea in Skincare
Many of the studies carried out regarding green tea and aging skin have found even better results when green tea is both consumed and used topically. You’ll notice results faster, with particularly significant improvements in the feeling of skin elasticity.
This is why, here at Venofye, we’ve added green tea to several of our products. It’s an important ingredient, and using it topically can make a huge difference to your appearance.
It’s also extremely gentle, making it ideal for eye care products. If you’ve been dealing with puffy-looking eyes, or have been noticing the visibility of fine lines appearing around your eyes, give the Royal Jelly Bee Eye Firming Cream a try. In addition to green tea, this cream contains a number of other vitamins and hydrating compounds. Use it daily and you’ll see results in no time.
Another daily product that’ll treat your skin to green tea is the Beehive Silk Cream. This lightweight moisturizer feels silky to the touch, yet its ingredient list really packs a punch. From the natural wonders of green tea, chamomile, and rosemary, to the science-backed compounds of sodium hyaluronate, retinyl palmitate, and soluble collagen, this is a product that will beautifully complement your anti-aging diet.
Putting Your Anti-Aging Diet Into Action
Dietary changes can seem daunting – we completely get that. However, when it comes to adopting an anti-aging diet, you don’t have to make multiple drastic changes at once. Start slow – pick one small change that won’t affect you too much, such as adding in a colorful fruit or vegetable to each meal. Then, build up on these improvements, until your anti-aging diet becomes second nature.
However, don’t forget that even the best anti-aging diet can be made even better with a skincare routine. Use the two together and you’ll have younger-looking skin in no time.