Ageing. It’s the one word no one likes to hear, but sadly is something that cannot be avoided. Yes, you can spend thousands of dollars on fillers, facials and face creams, but at the end of the day there’s only so much money can do for you.
It’s true that beauty starts from the inside, and FYI, it also doesn’t come at a steep price. In fact, it’ll cost you just 50 cents a day to keep yourself looking young for as long as possible. How? The humble egg.
For a small price, a single egg contains 11 different vitamins and nutrients that all work in favour of your skin. Vitamin A helps to form and maintain healthy skin and teeth, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect body tissue from disease, and Vitamin B12 helps regulate the production of pigment in the skin, meaning you can say goodbye to dark spots and pigmentation.
But the good news doesn’t stop there.
Antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin found in eggs increase the skin’s hydration and elasticity and protects it from harmful UV rays, while Vitamin D optimises the skin’s immune system, reduces inflammation, and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature ageing.
You can also ditch the smelly fish oil supplement, because sparing 50 cents a day will also give you a hit of Omega-3 fatty acids, which work to banishing a whole alphabet of skin conditions – from acne to wrinkles.
Leading dietitian Sharon Natoli from Food & Nutrition Australia explains that while the time and effort you spend applying anti-ageing creams and serums is important, the role of your diet is just as pivotal:
“We can’t put a stop on our body clocks but we can certainly help them to work their best. One of the tricks to looking and feeling youthful is a well-balanced diet which will help nourish the skin from the inside out.
“People are often looking for a quick fix and instant results however the real secret is that maintaining a well-balanced diet will reap its benefits over the years.”
To keep those wrinkles at bay, Natoli has seven anti-ageing tips:
1. Limit your intake of sugary foods such as cakes, biscuits and sweet pastries (soz,the egg in your banana bread doesn’t count)
2. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which provide essential nutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin C and beta-carotene
3. Include low-GI carbohydrates such as milk, yoghurt, legumes, wholegrain breads and pasta
4. Include adequate protein from eggs, lean meats, fish and seafood, dairy and plant-based alternatives
5. Ensure you maintain adequate intakes of zinc
6. Consume good amounts of Omega-3 foods such as eggs, salmon, and nuts and seeds
7. Stay hydrated by drinking water and limit your intake of alcohol and soft drinks
For more egg-cellent information and recipe ideas, head to Australian Eggs.
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