Do you want flawless, younger looking skin? You can erase years off your face by changing your diet.
Of course, there are no foods that can magically whisk away wrinkles. However, there are foods that can make your skin appear smoother, healthier and more radiant.
These eight superfoods contain the vitamins and minerals needed to protect your skin from sun damage, and to speed cell turnover (revealing healthier skin underneath). By including these anti-aging foods in your diet, you help turn back the clock for younger looking skin.
Free radicals are those nasty little particles that try to steal our collagen and harm our skin cells, making our skin more prone to wrinkles. You can fight against their damage with anti-oxidant rich berries, like blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Eating just a half-cup of berries slows down the free radical aging process.
Another fighter of free radicals is the sweet potato. It contains beta-carotene which destroys free radicals. Our bodies convert beta-carotene into vitamin A which fights the signs of aging. Eating one cup a day will do your body good.
Not a fan of sweet potatoes? No problem. Swap it for carrots, mangoes or cantaloupe for similar benefits.
Red bell peppers
These brightly colored vegetables are loaded with goodies for your skin. Just a half-cup of chopped peppers gives you more than the daily recommended amount of the wrinkle-fighting vitamin C. Vitamin C increases collagen production which means fewer fine lines around your mouth and eyes.
Avocados are filled with skin-hydrating monounsaturated fat—a healthy type of fat. Also packed with moisturizing vitamin E, this creamy fruit reduces free radicals and protects the skin against damaging UV rays.
Add it to your diet by replacing high-fat salad dressings and mayo with avocados. It will add a lot of flavor and texture while nourishing your skin.
Yes, they may require a piece of gum after eating, but onions can really benefit your skin. They are rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that protects against wrinkles. Studies also show that onions may save our skin from harmful UVB rays, so try sneaking these helpful veggies into some of your favorite dishes.
Tomatoes contain lycopene which may help prevent sun damage. This potent antioxidant works best when cooked, so try out those recipes for homemade marinara sauce or tomato soup and do your skin some good. Aim for at least one portion (about one-fourth of a cup or five tomato slices) five times a week.
Fruits and vegetables aren’t the only foods that produce younger looking skin. Whole grains also fight against the aging process with polyphenols and carotenoids. Add it to your diet by choosing whole grain cereals with soy milk.
If you’re a fan of seafood, salmon is a good choice for your skin. It’s rich in anti-aging ingredients including omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help our skin retain moisture, keeping it soft, smooth and supple. It also helps our scalp maintain it’s natural oils.
To get the maximum benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, aim to get four to six ounces three times a week.
Dr. Mike Malone and his team practice expert cosmetic dentistry in Lafayette, LA. Dr. Malone is the former president and accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also the official Cosmetic Dentist of the Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA pageants.