Look at any French woman over 50 and chances are, the only thing that reveals her age is her ID. French beauty and the French diet—which is filled with healthy fats—are ideal for maintaining beautiful, glowing, youthful-looking skin. Does the phrase “you are what you eat” come to mind? It should. The recipe for beautiful skin starts with what you put in your mouth, reveals French nutritionist Martine Pellaë. Want to incorporate aspects of a French diet into your own menu? Keep reading.
Here’s the dish:
For a beauty boost, introduce more essential fatty acids, like omega 3, into your diet. Just be cautious: “The goal is to have a good balance of omegas 3 and 6, but many industrial products that are rich in sunflower oil and animal by-products contain high levels of omega 6 (to the detriment of omega 3),” warns Martine. “Cut down on some of these products and make room for new ones that will encourage a healthier balance!”
While it is ingrained at an early age that everything shall be enjoyed in moderation, you have permission to feed your skin with the following healthy options! They are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making them the perfect options for your healthy skin (French inspired) diet:
- Oils and seeds: rapeseed oil (mix with olive oil for better flavor!); linseed oil or flaxseeds; walnut oil, soya oil, wheat germ oil
- Fish—both fatty and lean: salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, tuna, trout, eel, anchovy, halibut, brill, bass, swordfish, sole, whiting, cod, monkfish, flounder, pollock, sea bream, haddock, bass, pike, Alaska pollock, skate, sea trout, turbot, red mullet
- Nuts: walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios
- Eggs, poultry, and meat rich in omega 3: choose from free-range livestock fed on grass, alfalfa, and flaxseed when possible
You can also easily incorporate more essential fatty acids onto skin not only through diet but through targeted cosmetics—superb for targeting visible signs of menopause such as dull, lifeless, sagging skin.