When we think of skincare we usually think of buying items to put ON your skin.
Dermatology professionals know that what you EAT has a significant impact.
If you feel like your skincare routine isn't getting the results you're after or are looking to improve your overall health... this article is perfect for you!
Wrinkle-fighting foods protect your skin in a variety of ways. Some them hydrate your skin, some build strong cell walls, some guard against sun damage, while others protect against free radicals.
What's more, these foods often work together, boosting each other's power. Combine them, and you'll get far more wrinkle-fighting power than each one offers on its own.
So if you're serious about looking younger than you are, add all of these foods to your diet — and eat them daily if you can.
Within a few weeks, you'll start to see a difference and within months, your skin will look so much you won't be able to escape the compliments!
According to Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, M.S., N.D. it's possible to erase years from your face simply by changing your diet.
Below are some of the most powerful wrinkle-fighting foods we've discovered through personal experience. If you want soft, young-looking skin, we recommend making them the core of your beauty ritual.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids - A good analogy is to think of aging cells as balls that are under inflated.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the air you pump in. They plump up your cells and make them "bouncy" again.
Fish, walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp seeds and algae are all excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. You can also get them from high quality supplements.
Amino acids - Amino acids are literally the building block of healthy skin. Collagen and elastin wouldn't exist without them.
And believe it or not, your body doesn't make them on its own.
Eating enough amino acids helps to keep your skin firmer and more elastic. Whereas if you don't eat enough, skin gets dry and thin.
Meat and eggs are the best sources of amino acids. Buckwheat, hummus and hemp seeds are excellent options as well.
Potassium-rich foods - A quick way to add more potassium to your diet is to switch from regular old table salt to sea salt.
When you eat regular salt, it takes water out of your cells. And they need to stay full to be plump.
Sea salt, however, is high in potassium and actually firms up cells by pulling water in.
If salt isn't an option, you can also get potassium from bananas, avocados, sweet potato, salmon and spinach.
Fermented foods - Healthy gut bacteria help keep your skin supplied with nutrients. That's why gut health deterioration is a leading cause of s ick, blotchy, old-looking skin.
The "bad" bacteria can cause a leaky gut - which creates inflammation in your skin by allowing toxins to "leak" into your body.
A quick way to boost your gut health is to increase the amount of fermented foods you eat.
Kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, miso, tempeh and yogurt are some fermented food ideas.
Green and yellow vegetables - You've probably heard of free radicals and have some understanding of the havoc they can wreak.
Green and yellow vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and work to help prevent damage to skin cells caused by free radicals.
And when combined with a higher intake of healthy fats, increasing green and yellow vegetable intake has shown to promote wrinkle reduction.
Asparagus, broccoli, peppers, squash and sweet potatoes are just a few ideas.
Green tea - Similar to vegetables, green tea is loaded with antioxidants - helping to neutralize free radicals, preventing them from causing damage.
In addition to its antioxidant properties, green tea also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Research has shown that it protects your skin again sun damage.
The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the skin, leading to premature aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
The antioxidants in green tea can help protect the skin from UV damage, reducing the risk of these problems.
Phytoceramides - Phytoceramides are good for skincare because they are similar to the ceramides that are naturally produced by the skin. Ceramides are a type of lipid that helps to keep the skin hydrated and protected. As we age, the amount of ceramides in our skin decreases, which can lead to dry skin, wrinkles, and other skin problems.
Recently, the FDA approved phytoceramides in nutritional supplement form based on research showing that they can help heal dry, rough, wrinkle-prone skin.
Beets, soybeans, wheat germ, rice, millet, sweet potatoes, potatoes and corn are all excellent dietary sources of phytoceramides.
By changing your diet, exercising and changing to organic skincare products, you will not only feel more energetic but your skin will look more youthful!
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