Everyone wants smooth, youthful-looking skin. Did you know that what you eat and your daily skin-care habits can actually slow the aging process for your skin? By eating the right foods, having a set routine, and avoiding bad habits that damage your skin, you could have the radiant skin you’ve always wanted.
What you eat plays an important role in your health and how you feel, but it also impacts the way your skin looks. Here are some nutrition-packed foods that are good for your skin:
- Oats (prevents damage to skin cells and soothes irritated skin)
- Oranges (keeps your skin smooth, since vitamin C helps make collagen)
- Avocados (keeps your skin hydrated)
- Brussels sprouts (promotes collagen)
- Salmon and tuna (have omega-3 fatty acids, which help to preserve collagen in your skin to keep it firmer)
- Lean beef (builds collagen)
- Grapes (believed to slow the aging process due to resveratrol found in them)
- Dark chocolate (contains flavonals that reduce rough texture in skin and protect against skin damage)
How to Prevent Signs of Aging
While eating healthy is extremely beneficial in slowing the aging process, it’s also very important to have a routine to protect your skin and also avoid things that could cause damage to your skin.
Here are 10 anti-aging tips:
- Wear sunscreen daily that has an SPF of at least 30 and states “broad-spectrum.”
- Avoid tanning both outdoors and indoors, since it can cause skin discoloration and damage to elastin and collagen.
- Wear sunglasses to protect the delicate skin surrounding your eyes.
- Wear hats and sun-protective clothing.
- Don’t smoke. Doing so speeds up the breakdown of collagen and constricts blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to your skin.
- Avoid large amounts of alcohol. It dries your skin and can lead to rosacea, a skin disorder where you’ll have redness and pimples.
- Avoid yo-yo dieting. Repeated weight gain and loss can stretch the skin, causing it to sag.
- Use retinoids or retinols, which are prescription face medications to help skin look younger.
- Use serums that contain antioxidants and peptides, such as grape seed extract, resveratrol, green tea, and vitamins A, C, and E.
- Use treatments for youthful skin damage like light peels, laser treatments, or microdermabrasion.
By adding foods that are naturally packed with nutrients, taking great care of yourself, and avoiding anything that could cause damage, you’ll be on your way to more vibrant, healthy skin.
Dr. Siunaina Likhari is a board-certified dermatologist who cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold’s Summer Creek Clinic in Humble. She likes having a partnership with her patients and helping them be as involved in their care as possible.