Although aging isn’t a bad thing (after all, some people aren’t so lucky), none of us want premature wrinkles giving away our age, especially when we feel so much younger. Sure, you could spend hundreds of dollars on tonics and creams that promise to fill in those fine lines that illustrate a life well-lived; however, there is an easier way. Here are some of the best foods that can help keep those wrinkles at bay!
Under the umbrella of legumes, you will find various beans, lentils nuts, and peas – the perfect snacking foods! These little nuggets are full of protein, fiber, and antioxidants and can help keep your skin looking its best. The fiber traps toxins in your digestive system before they are able to be absorbed and affect your skin. They are also high in vitamins C and E which help to protect your skin against UV rays from the sun which speeds up the process of aging.
Another important vitamin for protecting against wrinkles is vitamin A, which you can find in beef liver, eggs, and butter, and the beta-carotene which then becomes active vitamin A can be found in most orange or yellow fruits or veggies. Vitamin A helps with binding the body’s skin cells together to form tissue. Its main job is to heal tissue damage such as cuts and scrapes, but it can also fight wrinkles in the same way.
Foods that are rich in vitamin C include most fruits and vegetables, but especially citrus fruits, bell peppers, and strawberries. As mentioned above, vitamin C is great for protecting against the sun (although you do still need to always apply sunscreen!), but it is also an antioxidant too which can help relieve the effects of oxidative damage which is caused by things such as a bad diet, stress, and air pollution.
Omega-3 is an essential fat that you will find in fish, but especially fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel, etc. It is necessary for keeping your skin supple and flexible, and your skin cells hydrated. They also happen to be anti-inflammatory which is another way to decrease skin dryness. All of these aspects will work together to keep your skin looking radiant, smooth and youthful.
Some wrinkles are caused by dry skin which allows it to sag. While water is a great way to keep hydrated both inside and out, the right types of fats are important to help keep the moisture inside your skin cells. Olive oil is an ideal choice as it has the healthy monounsaturated fats which are needed to hold water in the cells. It also has a lot of antioxidants and plenty of vitamins E, and A. Use it as a salad dressing, dipping, or general cooking (although not to deep fry!) and reap the benefits.
Instead of spending your hard-earned cash on lotions and potions that may or may not work, just head to the grocery store and fill your pantry with some delicious items that just so happen to be amazing for your skin!