It’s no surprise that what you eat has an effect on your skin’s health, including the aging process. While we may think of wrinkles as an inevitable part of aging, certain foods can be wrinkles’ best friend or worst enemy.
Below are 5 foods you should avoid and 5 foods you should eat if you’re serious about fighting and preventing wrinkles.
And while we’re in the business of skincare products, we strongly hold the belief that achieving great skin requires a combination of having an effective skincare regimen and good nutritional habits.
First, let’s start off with the naughty list. These foods should be avoided as much as possible, not just because they’re bad for your skin but because they’re bad for your health in general.
Processed Meats and Red Meat
“Excuse me, how would you like those wrinkles? Rare, medium-rare, or well-done.”
Surely, we may not be able to prevent wrinkles 100%, but we’d prefer if they made a ‘rare’ appearance on our skin. If so, avoid red meat and processed meat as much as possible. While, lean red meat can be an acceptable source of protein, meat that’s cooked well-done or charred increases inflammation. Any inflammatory substance in our bodies spells out trouble for our health and skin.
Processed meats contain high amounts of sodium which contribute to inflammation. They also cause dehydration and water retention and these two factors can increase the likelihood of wrinkles.
Have you ever noticed that your skin looks puffier the next morning after a night out? Alcohol dehydrates your skin and causes inflammation like red meat and other substances. If you must drink, drink in moderation and avoid binge drinking.
However, there is one small exception. If you are going to drink, stick with red wine. Red wine can be beneficial for your skin because it contains powerful antioxidants like flavonoid and resveratrol.
Collagen is the foundation that holds your skin together. When this begins to break down, wrinkles appear. A loss of collagen means a loss of elasticity in the skin, which contributes to the appearance of wrinkles. Sugar is a powerful destroyer of collagen fibers. Therefore, high sugar foods like cakes, cookies, ice cream, and soda are a disaster for collagen fibers.
Also, be on the lookout for added sugar hidden in products you wouldn’t expect like ketchup and pasta sauces. This all adds up as extra sugar in your diet.
White bread, tortillas, pastries, prepared meals and anything that’s not prepared freshly is usually packed with unnatural additives and preservatives. If a food has an ingredient you can barely pronounce, it’s usually not a good sign.
Refined carbohydrates act the same way as sugar. It eventually turns into sugar which, as mentioned previously, destroys collagen. As a rule of thumb, stick with natural unprocessed foods.
A study published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition found that people who consumed margarine had more wrinkles than those who did not. Margarine has a high amount of polyunsaturated fat which causes inflammation and oxidative stress. You’re better off choosing real butter, or better yet, choose natural unprocessed nut butter.
This delicious creamy fruit is high in Vitamin E and B Complex. It’s rich in essential fatty acids which provide plenty of nourishment for your skin.
Fatty fish like salmon contain Omega 3 Fatty acids. These compounds naturally moisturize the skin and protect it from the sun’s UV rays. Protection against the sun is very important when it comes to wrinkle prevention.
Berries destroy the components and enzymes that are responsible for destroying collagen. In addition, berries are a good source of Vitamin E.
Green tea contains a chemical compound known as Catechins which has powerful antioxidant properties. Drink green tea on a regular basis and you’ll be preserving your youth.
Brazil nuts are high in Selenium and Vitamin E making them one of the most powerful foods in the fight against wrinkles. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that repairs damaged skin and protects against the sun. Selenium has an antioxidant effect and protects skin cells against damage.