Almost everybody would say one thing when asked how you can prevent yourself from getting wrinkles. Shield your skin from the sun! Spend less time outdoors and wear sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.While protecting your skin from ultraviolet radiation is a significant part of the equation, this effort is all done from the outside. What can be done to protect our skin from the inside?
The skin, which is the largest organ of our body, is continuously exposed to various sources of stress which includes many environmental factors. Studies show that what you eat or don’t eat can make a huge difference in not only how young or old you look, but how you feel as well.
One recent study conducted to explore the extent of diet’s role in skin aging process revealed that people whose diets are rich in vegetables, beans, olive oil, nuts, and multigrain bread are less likely to wrinkle than those who feast on red meat, butter, and sugary foods.
According to experts, antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E as well as minerals zinc and selenium reduces the amount of damaging free radicals produced by skin cells thereby keeping wrinkles at bay. Those would include spinach, carrots, squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, oranges, grapefruits, whole-grain cereals, eggs, milk, papayas, and mangoes. Cartenoid-rich foods like cantaloupe, apricots, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and other fruits and vegetables offer similar UV protection and may contribute to healthy skin coloring.
To achieve a healthy, youthful glow, eat at least four servings of fruits and five of vegetables each day.
Drinking enough water moisturizes the skin from the inside out, maintaining elasticity, and suppleness, less drying, less damage. Caffeinated drinks have diuretic effect that depletes the body’s water supply. Exercise also affects the body’s water level, so compensate for these factors by drinking extra water.
Bottom-line is, you’ll get what you put in. If you’re seeking to prevent wrinkles and promote a more youthful appearance, eating a diverse diet that include vegetables, essential oils, cartenoids, and antioxidants, can bring out a healthier, and younger-looking you.