Guest Blog: Food You Should Eat to Delay the Onset of Wrinkles by Dr. Ralph Bieg

Food You Should Eat To Delay The Onset Of Wrinkles

This article was authored by medical director, Dr. Ralph Bieg.

When one thinks of ways on how to avoid wrinkles, what typically comes to mind is buying a facial product. Many anti-wrinkle creams are formulated to smoothen out existing wrinkles. There are products designed for prevention though, like moisturizers and substances that will supposedly maintain the elasticity of the skin. Although there are preventative, anti-wrinkle products that do work, preventing wrinkles is better when done from the inside out.

We’re talking about incorporating anti-wrinkle food into your daily diet. Yes, there are certain kinds of food that will help preserve the health and youthfulness of the skin, thereby preserving its elasticity.

Hydrating Drinks and Food

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Sixty percent of the human body is made up of water. Drinking less than eight glasses of it a day will not only compromise various cellular processes in the body, it will also manifest itself in dry, flaky skin. Notice that people with soft, smooth, and supple skin tend to drink lots of water or other healthful liquids like organic tea and fresh fruit juices.

Fizzy drinks are not healthful, nor are they satisfyingly refreshing. These cool drinks may alleviate the heat you feel in your body, but most of them will make you thirst even more. Choose sports drinks instead and electrolyte-infused water because they enable the body to absorb water quickly. Eating water-rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon, oranges, cucumber, celery, tomatoes, pomelo, cantaloupe, and apples also help keep the body hydrated.

Food Rich in Antioxidants

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Many people pay good money for facial and skin creams infused with antioxidants hoping that it will delay the aging of the skin and reduce the risk of skin diseases. But, it’s better to follow a diet consisting of foods rich in antioxidants. Your body itself will be rid of free radicals, not just the skin. Remember that free radicals damage somatic cells, and it may lead to mutation to cancer cells.

Citrus fruits like grapes, strawberries and blueberries; other colorful fruits and vegetables like kale, broccoli, tomatoes, bell pepper, peaches, cherries, guava, kiwi, etc., have high percentage of antioxidants, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C, vitamin A, and lycopene.

Sources of Amino Acids and Omega-3

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Collagen makes your skin strong and flexible. Too little collagen can make your skin lose its elasticity, and make it feel tight and flaky. Consuming lean proteins are great for restoring collagen, especially foods like fish, chicken (without the fat-rich skin), various kinds of beans and also nuts.

Oysters are rich in zinc – an important component in creating collagen. It also acts like an antioxidant, offering protection from harmful chemicals at the cellular level. Blueberries also strengthen collagen formation.

Wild salmon is also a good choice of meat since it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Other excellent sources are fish oils. Omega-3 helps replace lost or consumed lipids in the skin. Like collagen, lipids help in making the skin flexible and moisturized. Omega-3 also reduces inflammation at the cellular level, which is common in many types of skin diseases.

Vitamin E Food Sources

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Vitamin E helps keep the skin healthy and young-looking. Stop investing in vitamin E supplements that your body may not even completely absorb, instead, include the following food rich in vitamin E: sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, spinach, basil and oregano, turnips, tomatoes, avocado, whole grains, and peanut butter.

Remember, beauty isn’t skin deep. Cosmetic products only assist your diet. Even those that are purportedly infused with vitamins and nutrients can only give superficial benefits. Intake of vitamins and nutrients can prevent wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.

Dr. Ralph Bieg

About Dr. Ralph Bieg

Dr. Ralph Bieg is the Medical Director of Pender Medi Spa, a Vancouver Botox medi spa that specializes in Botox treatments in Vancouver. He is also the Medical Director of Skincare Centre in North Vancouver, BC.

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