So I heard that dreaded question when I picked the kids up yesterday. “Is that your mom or your grandma?” Really, little girl, do I look that old? I know she is only eight years old, but really, little girl?
I recently changed my skin care regimen to included coconut oil, and I guess it hasn’t “kicked in” yet. In the meantime, I am offering a list of foods that can help our skin look younger.
But first, on a side note, for all of you who are trying to lose those last five pounds, consider this: There is a saying – if you’re thin, you’ll look good from behind, but your face will suffer. Depressing as it may seem, there is some truth to the saying. A couple of studies have found that women with a low body mass index (BMI) have increased skin aging (read: more wrinkles).
So do thinner women just look older, or do they actually have more wrinkles? Actually, both are true. As your BMI goes lower you lose some volume of soft tissue, particularly over the age of 40, and loss of soft tissue can mean the wrinkles either become deeper or more noticeable.
Okay, if thinner women have more wrinkles, is the opposite also true? Well, yes, heavier women may look less wrinkly as they age because they have more fat padding just beneath the skin (subcutaneous fat). They also might have a little extra collagen (the protein that gives skin its elasticity). However, don’t think that wrinkle prevention is a good reason to blow your healthy eating plan on pizza and ice cream.
Back to the foods of choice. There are certain foods that offer specific skin health benefits. Take a look at this list and make sure you include some in your beauty regimen, which begins at the dinner table. Not surprising, most of these food options also keep our bodies functioning at their best.
1. Seafood for smooth, clear skin. The omega-3 fatty acids and zinc found in oysters and salmon help to reduce dryness, inflammation and control the production of sebum, the oily substance that causes acne.
2. Citrus fruit for smooth, taut skin. Citrus is full of vitamin C, which helps your body produce collagen, a protein that forms the structure of your skin. Increasing vitamin C helps tighten the skin and prevent wrinkles.
3. Red and green vegetables for bright, smooth skin. We convert the beta-carotene found in veggies into vitamin A, which prevents cell damage and premature aging and offers anti-acne benefits to boot.
4. Nuts for young soft skin. The vitamin E in nuts fights free radicals and helps protect against sun damage. It also relives dryness, making skin appear younger.
5. Whole grains for clear, moisturized skin. Whole grains provide the antioxidants, which helps fight inflammation-related skin damage, and biotin to assist cells in processing fats. If you’re biotin deficient, your skin may be dry and scaly.
These are easy enough foods to add into your daily menu that not only benefit your insides, but also your outsides.