Best Anti-Aging Foods for Your Skin
Eat these foods to age in reverse!
Taking care of your skin involves more than just a good skin care regimen, that matches your skin type and regular visits to your dermatologist. What you put in your body is as important as what you place on your skin when it comes to maintaining a dewy and fresh complexion.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with our expert-approved guide to the best anti-aging foods and drinks to provide vitamins and minerals for your skin.
H2O – Water
Your body is made of 60 percent water that helps keep everything working properly. Even mild dehydration will cause your skin to look dry and dull. Aim for eight 8-oz glasses of water each day, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests.
Add sliced cucumber, lemon, or oranges if you’re craving some extra flavor. Hydration can also come from foods with high water content such as cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and strawberries. Include these in your diet.
Drinking too much alcohol can leave your skin dehydrated and more prone to wrinkles. If you do drink, moderation is key. For women, this means up to one drink per day and for men, moderation is defined as up to two drinks per day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states.
Blueberries and another great source of vitamin C
Vitamin C is a key ingredient in many anti-aging serums, and for good reason. This antioxidants powerhouse helps produce the collagen that gives skin its supple and elastic properties. Vitamin C-rich foods include blueberries, broccoli, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Make sure at least one of your 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day is loaded with Vitamin C.
“Collagen is the main protein that gives skin the supple and elastic properties most associated with youth, but our supply diminishes as we age,” says New York City dermatologist Jessica Weiser, MD. “Many energy-based technologies such as Sofwave work by boosting collagen stores underneath the skin’s surface.”
Vitamin E is another building block of collagen, and it can be found in abundance in almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes and avocados. Eating almonds can add valuable nutrients and healthy fats to your daily diet and help protect skin elasticity. Make sure to include Vitamin-E-rich anti-aging foods in your diet every single day to take advantage of their antiaging potential.
Found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel, omega-3 fatty acids help prevent and fight inflammation that drives skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and not just age related skin conditions. If you don’t like fish, there are many plant-based omega 3s to help you get your fill. In his book “Food Can Fix It: The Superfood Switch to Fight Fat, Defy Aging, and Eat Your Way Healthy,” Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show suggests getting your omega-3 fix by soaking a tablespoon of chia seeds in one tablespoon of water to plump them and then adding them into your salad dressing. It’s really that simple!
Dark chocolate is rich in healthful flavonoids that boost blood to the outer layer of your skin for a healthy glow and anti aging, Dr. Oz says. Choose one with 70 percent or more dark chocolate and eat only 1 oz a day to help keep calories and saturated fat in check, Harvard University researchers suggest.
Mug of matcha
Sun is the leading cause of premature skin aging, but a mug of matcha or another green tea is loaded with an antioxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) that helps protect skin from the sun’s damaging rays, Dr. Oz says.
What you don’t eat also matters when it comes to protecting your skin from signs of aging and how you look and feel.
“Sugar equals wrinkles. No doubt about it. Sugar ages our skin more than any other dietary factor”, writes Troy, Michigan-based plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn in “The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger.” Sugar spikes in our blood can result in chronic inflammation, which can be damaging to the skin. Sugar also causes glycation, a process where the sugar molecules bind to and deform the collagen and elastin in our skin cells, he writes. Steer clear of sugary sweets and desserts and refined sugars found in white bread, white rice, and pasta.
Eating a healthy diet will help skin retain its youthful quality, but sometimes you need to up your game. Leading dermatologists and plastic surgeons are excited about the latest energy-based treatment for aging skin and skin health.
“Sofwave noninvasive Synchronous Ultrasound Parallel Beams technology (SUPERB)™ provides a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles for all skin types,” says Dr. Weiser. “These needle-free treatments can achieve visible results in a single 30-45-minute treatment.”
Get a head start on your path to younger looking skin today.
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- Barbara Gordon, RDN, LD, “How Much Water Do You Need”, November 6, 2019, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/healthy-eating/how-much-water-do-you-need
- “Alcohol and Public Health FAQ”, February 16, 2021, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/faqs.htm
- Ryan Raman MS, RD (NZ), “7 Impressive Ways Vitamin C Benefits Your Body”, February 18, 2020, Healthline Media a Red Ventures Company, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits
- Jessica Weiser, MD, “Bespoke Cosmetic And Medical Dermatology”, Weiser Skin MD, https://www.weiserskin.com/
- Joe Leech MS, RD, “9 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Almonds”, September 6, 2018, Healthline Media a Red Ventures Company, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-proven-benefits-of-almonds
- “The Nutrition Source”, The President and Fellows of Harvard College, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/dark-chocolate/