If you’re scrutinizing over your dull, dry winter skin and fine lines
and wrinkles, you’re not alone. According to a recent national survey by
Allergan, Inc., approximately 60 percent of women 21- to 65-years-old
said they would rather have a younger-looking face than a
Yet experts say it’s time to forget the expensive creams and procedures.
The key to aging gracefully is simple: Eat healthy.
Here, find out which foods to avoid and which to add to your plate for
beautiful, younger- looking skin..
Another cause of wrinkles is the weakening of collagen and elastin in the
skin that happens as we age. Amino acids found in protein sources can help
rebuild and repair damage. Meat, fish, eggs, tofu, some grains, nuts, and
seeds are all excellent sources.
“As we age, the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer) thins and weakens,
making it susceptible to dehydration and wrinkling,” Simpson said.
What’s more, production of ceramides— molecules that keep the skin firm
—starts to slow down. Phytoceramides, plant-based ceramides found in wheat
germ, brown rice, spinach and beets, can help to protect the skin’s outer layer.
Cut out inflammatory foods
“Foods that create inflammation are pro-aging,” said Dr. Frank Lipman, an
integrative and functional medicine physician and author of “The New
Health Rules.” Nix processed, packaged and fast foods, as well as gluten,
dairy and sugar.
“Eating too much sugar will make you more prone to wrinkles and make you
age quicker,” he said.
Omega fatty acids
Keeping your skin well-hydrated from the inside out is one of the best
ways to prevent dry skin and wrinkles. Omega fatty acids -3, -6, and -9
found in healthy fats and oils are vital because they become part of the
skin cell walls.
“If the skin cell walls are plump and healthy, the skin will look more
hydrated and dewy as well,” said Paula Simpson, a nutricosmetics
formulation expert and beauty nutritionist.
Salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, coconut oil, olive oil and avocado
are all great choices.
Leafy green vegetables
and healthy. Green juices are also an easy way to help absorb the
nutrients more quickly.
“It’s like a liquid multi-vitamin full of antioxidants,” Lipman said. Be
sure to limit the added sugar and fruits with a high glycemic load.
Probiotics regulate digestion and put the good bacteria back in the gut,
which can also help skin look healthy, Lipman said. Sauerkraut, kimchi,
kefir, and fermented vegetables are all probiotic-rich.
If you have dark circles under your eyes, it’s probably genetic but they
can also be caused by water retention or sodium-rich foods. Many fruits
and vegetables, as well as potatoes, nuts, beans, legumes, meat, poultry
and fish are potassium-rich and can offset the sodium. Plus, cutting down
on your salt intake is a wise choice for your skin and your overall
High in polyphenols that help protect the skin from premature aging,
rooibos tea hydrates the skin and is an alternative to coffee, which can
dehydrate your skin.
Too much time out in the sun is a leading cause of aging. The sun creates
free radicals that can permanently kill off healthy skin cells. Yet the
sun is not the only culprit— an unhealthy diet can do the same. Load up on
a variety of brightly colored, antioxidant-rich foods that contain
carotenoids like tomatoes, carrots, kale and pumpkin that can protect the
skin and reverse some of the damage.