Superfoods of the Middle East.

Do you believe that you eat your way to healthy skin? We sure do! Here are some of the foods easily found in our Middle Eastern cuisine that can support your skincare journey.

Tahini

Captivating glory in its fashionable resurgence nowadays, this versatile sesame spread is packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant associated with anti-aging.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a fantastic source of the antioxidant Lycopene, which helps guard the skin from the sun and environmental damages that can cause dryness, dark spots, and lines. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals triggered by inflammation, such as acne. It also increases our skin’s natural protection factor (SPF), protecting us from the sun’s damaging UV rays, which cause wrinkles.

Olives

A remarkable characteristic of olive (oil) is that it has a chemical structure almost identical to the skin’s natural oil. What’s more, it is loaded with Vitamin E and oleic acid that keeps the skin soft and healthy, hence improving the appearance of wrinkles.

Za’atar

Za’atar is considered both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which means it can be valuable in improving the appearance of the skin and even shrinking age spots and blemishes.

Hummus

As it’s made from the king of legumes, chickpeas, hummus have high levels of manganese, which fights free radicals, and molybdenum, helping the skin detoxify by removing sulfites. Other nutrients, such as folate and vitamin B, nourish skin cells while mending damage caused by harmful chemicals and the sun.

Dates

Dates are eaten all year round, and we especially like them with coffee to offset the bitter taste. Rich in vitamin C and D, they help retain skin suppleness and give you a smooth, radiant complexion. Dates also offer anti-aging effects and reduce melanin buildup.

Pomegranates

Because this delightful fruit is high in antioxidants, it is a natural anti-aging agent that nourishes the skin and protects it from free radical damage. Pomegranate seeds, crushed, are a fantastic exfoliant as well. The punicic acid (a fatty acid) in these seeds stimulates cell regeneration and rejuvenation through its antioxidant characteristics.

Foul Medames (Fava Beans)

Fava beans contain high protein and fiber content. They’re high in copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber. To top it off, they’re loaded with vitamins A, B6, and C. This potent mix of vitamins and minerals has a lot of dietary fiber, which aids digestion and detoxifying. This ingredient has a low glycemic index because they are high in nutrients that promote slow digestion and lower blood sugar levels. All of these qualities contribute to your quest for a healthy skin.

Last but not least, did you know?

The Kakadu plum is a fruit loaded with Vitamin C that helps the skin fight the harmful effects of pollution and UV rays. Unfortunately, it is unavailable in the Middle East region to consume. Still, Youth & Age got you covered with our Dermadoctor Kakadu C range, including the cleanser, eye cream, serum, face cream, vitamin C peel pads, evening oil, and the clay mask.

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