The 'most powerful anti-ageing vegetables' for younger-looking skin as they blunt the harm from UV rays

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Cruciferous vegetables may slow down ageing of the skin

Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 11/06/2024

- 13:32

Certain vegetables may be better to rejuvenate the skin than others

Changes in skin texture are inevitable as we age, but emphasising the right foods in the diet helps maintain dewiness for longer.

Fortunately, the best foods for anti-ageing are easy to recognise in supermarkets, because they comprise whole and healthy ingredients.

When it comes to vegetables, however, some varieties may work better than others to restore elasticity.

It should be noted that no fruit and vegetable is unhealthy, meaning shoppers will reap benefits regardless of the variety they choose.

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Vitamin C-rich foods will blunt the effects of UV rays


Dr Joel Kopelman, a facial surgeon on Park Avenue in New York City who is often asked about the most powerful anti-ageing foods, claims greenery with the highest concentrations of vitamin C promotes the elasticity of the skin.

“Some of the most powerful anti-ageing vegetables include leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss Chard, which are packed with antioxidants like vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and lutein," said Kopelman.

Antioxidants in these plant sources help combat free radicals, reduce oxidative stress and protect against cellular damage.

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage also contain sulfur compounds and glucosinolates, which support detoxification and have been linked to reduced inflammation in cancer prevention.

“Other anti-ageing vegetables include tomatoes, bell peppers and carrots, which are rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that promote skin health, boost immunity and support overall well-being," said Dr Kopelman.

While optimising diet with the right food is paramount, it is equally important to avoid products that speed up ageing.

The main culprits are alcohol and sugar, as they promote inflammation in the body which results in skin conditions like acne and rosacea.

Additional lifestyle measures like exercise and hydration will further enhance the appearance of the skin over time.

Luvly Jilian Osborne, a certified beauty expert with more than 15 years of experience, recently told GB News about the benefits of vitamin D for the skin.

The expert said: "To replenish your supply [of vitamin D], eat plenty of vitamin-rich foods such as fatty fish, fortified dairy products and leafy greens.


Fruits and vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables contain anti-ageing compounds


"Add a sprinkle of nuts, seeds and oils - full of vitamin E - which protects against oxidative damage," said Jilian.

According to the experts, these antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals such as UV rays, pollution, and environmental aggressors, which damage cells and increase ageing. However, it is worth noting that while it can lessen damage from UV rays, it should not replace SPF, which offers full protection.

Jilian added: "With the right diet, your skin will thrive as spring arrives, leaving you radiant as you approach the new season."

The expert recommended exfoliations to dissolve dead skin cells and promote a glow at all stages of life.

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