Can Food Really Help Your Wrinkles

Your face can tell so many stories both happy and sad, but the majority of us would rather not have our stories told in wrinkles and lines.

Ageing really starts when we hit our 40’s. As we start to age the surface layer of our skin thins. Your skin loses its resilience as more collagen and elastin are lost. So if you lose weight too quickly, excess skin will become baggy. It is always more beneficial to lose weight slowly.

Sun protection is essential as ultraviolet rays damage the skin and generate unstable molecules known as free radicals that cause further damage by breaking down collagen.

Also in your 40’s oestrogen levels in women fall, adding to the loss of moisture, collagen and elastin.

Oil production reduces dramatically which results in most women’s skin becoming drier. Use a moisturiser rich in antioxidants.

Unfortunately lines and wrinkles become more definite particularly on the forehead and around the eyes.

Dead skin cells can build up on the surface layer of the skin making the texture rough, so exfoliation is important.

Avoiding stress is not always easy especially as many of us have very hectic lifestyles , but there’s no doubt that your body will now cope less with stress and lack of sleep, so make sure you have enough time to rest and recover from everyday life.

So Which Foods Can Help Fight Wrinkles

Lean meat, chicken, fish, legumes, nuts and other lean proteins. protein helps repair cells that have suffered free-radical damage. When protein is digested, it breaks down into amino acids which are the building blocks of cells. Amino acids being available helps to speed up the repair and regeneration of skin cells and collagen. Try to have some protein at every meal.

Extra virgin olive oil is full of oleic acid one of the fatty acids that keep cell membranes fluid and therefore make skin supple. It is also contains small amounts of other essential fatty acids that fight inflammation. Olive oil can be drizzled over steamed vegetables as well as salads.

Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries these pack a great antioxidant punch. They work brilliantly to help protect skin from damage that leads to wrinkles.

Green tea has an impressive amount of polyphenols so makes it a great drink for your skin. Aim for 4 cups a day, but be aware of the caffeine if you have trouble sleeping. Try to avoid having caffeine later on in the afternoon.

Salmon, sardines and other fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids can do wonders for your skin. The omega-3’s provide protection by keeping cell membranes fluid.

Water – skin cells need a lot of fluid to keep their membranes supple and receptive to the nutrients that keep them healthy. Aim for 2 litres a day to keep your skin smooth and hydrated. Drink more if you are exercising.

Don’t forget to have your vegetables as they are great for containing antioxidants. Aim for your 5 a day.

Be aware just how much sugary food and drinks you are having as it can damage the collagen. I am not saying totally stop sugar as I couldn’t. Just don’t overload your body with sugar.

As you can see it isn’t that difficult to get glowing skin. Just try one thing at a time, don’t try to change everything at once. Increasing your water intake will make a huge difference. I can certainly tell if I haven’t drank enough water each day.

Karen x

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