Eat Yourself Handsome


Men's Health |

Five food-based face-fixers – it’s like getting a facelift at the supermarket

1. “C” A YOUNGER YOU

To avoid looking like a crumpled road map, eat some guava – preferably three times a week. With five times more vitamin C than oranges, they’re high in protective antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause premature ageing.

2. KILL THE RED EYE

Look like you’ve joined the living dead? Sort it out with Popeye power. Spinach is excellent for the eyes as it contains the protective carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which helps keep the whites clear. Buy frozen for ease and eat three times a week. Drizzle on olive oil for the best results. No, on the spinach, you fool.

3. BERRY A BAD NOSE

If years of heavy drinking have you looking like a car guard with a reindeer nose, reach for the blueberries. Rich in bioflavoniods, they bolster your blood vessels and prevent them from leaking and breaking. Keep a small punnet on your desk, or blend some with your protein powder for a great smoothie.

4. BEAT BALDNESS

Stress, crap genetics and fast food can all save you a fortune in barber bills. Being undernourished is a fast way to become bald. But you can slow the balding – with eggs. They’re great for healthy hair: their iron content can prevent hair loss, while sulphur battles brittle hair and B vitamins help you deal with stress. Aim for six a week: anyway but fried.

5.GET A SMOKE SCREEN

Car fumes, smoke, city grime – all destroy the quality of your skin. Pollution strips the skin of vitamin E, which keeps it smooth. Repair it by eating avocado, which is rich in the stuff. Aim for one a week as it’s very kilojoule-laden for a fruit; perfect in salads or eaten with a spoon for a quick, high-energy snack.