Do you gasp when you look in the mirror? Hopefully your wrinkles and sallow skin color aren’t that bad.
However, it’s normal to see changes in your skin color and quality over time. Another thing that comes with time? Wrinkles.
Most of us want to stay wrinkle free, but we treat it from the outside-in with creams and serums.
What if you could treat it from the inside-out? As it turns out, you can. Eating the right foods keeps you wrinkle free.
Get your shopping list ready with the foods below.
1. Seeds and Nuts
Not only are seeds and nuts a great way to get protein, they can help your skin look young too. The fatty acids in nuts and seeds don’t expand your waistline like other fats.
They’re the kind of good fatty acids that build up and fortify cells in your body. One of those fats nuts and seeds deliver are Omega-3 fatty acids.
These have anti-inflammatory effects on skin, which boosts your glow and lessens redness. You’ll need to eat them over time before you see a result.
2. Strawberries and Blueberries
One thing that creates wrinkles is free radicals in the body. Free radicals are harmful things we ingest from food and the environment that break down healthy cells.
That includes skin cells. Anti-oxidants are molecules that kill free radicals. The more antioxidants you eat, the less harm free radicals can do to your body and your skin.
Fruits have a high level of anti-oxidants, as do foods labeled “superfoods”. Working fruit into your diet is easy. Sprinkle some over your daily cereal or oatmeal!
Blend them into smoothies along with spinach and some nuts and seeds. You’ll get omega-3s and anti-oxidants in one sip!
Your body is one big chemical experiment. You have to keep all the solutions at the right levels to keep your body running right.
One of those levels? The alkalinity of your blood. You want your blood to be slightly alkaline. That’s why you hear about people eating an alkaline diet.
You can bring your blood into alkalinity with potassium-rich foods. These are things you probably already have around the kitchen.
Avocados and bananas are two potassium rich foods you’re probably already eating. They’re both delicious and have other health benefits than potassium.
They can help improve your skin from the inside out, but also the outside in. Squish up some banana, honey, and some avocado and spread onto your face.
Leave it on for twenty minutes then rinse and pat dry. You’ll notice a healthy glow!
4. Mushrooms and Squash
Like bananas and avocados, both these foods are high in potassium. They carry other health benefits unique to themselves.
If you eat good amounts of summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, and other variations in the family it’ll help your skin cells renew more quickly.
You know how good your body feels after you eat a meal of vegetables. The next morning it feels like you have a little more life in your cells.
The same thing happens when you eat these foods, but for your skin. Over time, keeping these foods in your diet will increase new skin cell production.
To see your new skin cell growth, make sure you’re exfoliating your skin. You don’t want to exfoliate every day, maybe two or three times a week.
Sloughing off the dead skin cells gives your new ones time and room to shine.
5. Oranges and Peppers
Vitamin C is a powerhouse nutrient for your body. It revs up your immune system to keep you from getting sick.
Along with keeping the sniffles and flu away, Vitamin C increases collagen. Collagen is the thing in your skin that keeps it elastic and natural production decreases over time.
That’s why you see anti-aging creams with collagen listed and advertised as an ingredient.
You can get vitamin C in a lot of foods. If you drink organic, high-quality orange juice, you get a good dose in one cup.
It’s better to get your vitamin C from whole foods than from supplements. Your body absorbs the nutrients better when you actually eat them.
6. Turkey, Pork, and Pumpkin
A strange pairing, isn’t it? But all three foods have a high natural level of amino acids.
Amino acids are the proteins that feed, repair and help move your cells. Your body doesn’t function well without them.
You produce fewer amino acids as you age, which slows down your cell production time and quality. You can counteract that by eating foods high in amino acids.
If you’re seeing dull skin along with wrinkles, up your amino acid intake. You’ll see your skin starting to glow again and look younger over time.
7. Eggs and Spinach
Phytoceramides are a new and upcoming discovery in skin-care. Other than being hard to spell, they increase and help retain moisture in our skin.
Keeping your skin moisturized not only treats wrinkles but can prevent them entirely.
The more moisture your skin has in your body, the more resources it has to work with.
When your skin is hydrated from the inside-out, it looks plump and young. Want smooth and plump skin? Learn more about that here.
You find these nutrients in eggs and spinach, but they’re present in soybeans, rice, and potatoes as well.
8. Carrots and Cantaloupe
Beta-carotene is the nutrient that gives carrots their orange glow. It’s the same with cantaloupe, though it’s orange color can be more subtle.
Beta-carotene helps repair badly treated skin. You know that you put yourself at risk for cancer by tanning, but you’re also at risk for wrinkles!
Eating foods rich in beta-carotene repairs the damage you’ve already done. It’s not a time machine, but it can help!
Eating to Be Wrinkle Free
If you add the foods above to your diet, you’ll see healthier and younger looking skin.
The foods that keep you wrinkle free are all good for your body too, in other ways. Eating more fruits and vegetables is never a bad thing and your body will feel better because of it.
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