14/08/2014 12:44 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Anti-Oxidants: How They Actually Benefit Your Skin

We all have that friend who comes to work armed with blueberries, nuts, and avocados. And yes, they are the ones who tend to literally glow.

The reason? Turns out these anti-oxidant packed superfoods are not just good for keeping our body healthy, they do wonders for our skin too. Rhiannon Davies goes through how we could all benefit from a diet high in these little miracle-workers...

Woman holding blueberries

Protection against UV rays
The detrimental effect of UV rays on our skin doesn't stop many of us bronzing in the sun. Luckily, anti-oxidants present in red wine (hurrah!) have been found to protect the skin against sun damage. The next time you need a tanning-fix, be sure to grab a bottle whilst you do. Chin chin!

Anti-ageing power
Another major skin concern, increased by our time in the sun, is the appearance of wrinkles. Anti-oxidants are said to reduce aging by blocking the effect of free radicals, which cause damage to the skin by oxidising the cells (if you've seen an apple go brown after peeling, you've watched oxidisation in action). Anti-oxidants found in green tea, tomatoes and red-wine will all block the effects of ageing.

Skin damage caused by stress
Stress is pretty much unavoidable and unfortunately, it can have a detrimental effect on your skin as well as your mind. However, increasing your intake of anti-oxidant rich foods like blueberries and avocados will not only help you to feel better, but reduce the effects of stress on the skin.

What anti-oxidant rich foods will you be adding to your meals? Tweet us @MyDailyUK.

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