A good friend of mine called me last week to tell me she had gotten botox and was really happy with the results. Of course I was curious and couldn't wait to see how she looked. I knew botox wasn't for me because I would rather spend my money elsewhere and I am chicken of needles and injecting stuff into my skin. I almost changed my mind ( almost , but not quite) when I saw how smooth her skin was. I decided to take a different route and to instead see how I can fight wrinkles by changing my diet and eating certain healthy foods .
Healthy Foods That Will Help Keep Those Nasty Wrinkles Away
**Olives -In 2001 Australian scientists discovered that the more olive oil people had in their diets, the less wrinkles they had . The oleic acid found in olives and virgin olive oil is the key here. Oleic acid actually soaks through the membranes of skin cells plumping them up, which then makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable . Organic extra virgin olive oil contains high levels of antioxidants like phenols, and vitamins E and A, which fight free radicals and thus prevent premature aging. Those antioxidants help neutralize the oxidation process, which is common to all fats, and preserve the properties of olive oil too.I know this may sound crazy but I take a teaspoon of extra virgin oil everyday. Make sure it is the extra virgin olive oil as it is the best for the skin.
**Tomatoes -Tomatoes contain lycopene , a skin-friendly antioxidant which is also 100 times more powerful than Vitamin E , which is known by many cosmetologists to be a vitamin for the skin. Don't forget about all the powerful antioxidants in tomatoes that promote healthy skin as well.
**Kale- Rich in antioxidants and contains iron that helps bring oxygen to the skin and vitamin A that wards off premature aging .
**Salmon - Salmon and other cold-water fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids , which hold off wrinkles by preventing inflammation and lubricating your skin .
**Spinach -Spinach is full of the substance known as lutein . Recent French research has shown that lutein helps skin hydration and elasticity , which in the end helps get rid and prevent wrinkles. You will need at least 10mg of lutein for it to have any effect, which is roughly a 4oz serving of spinach. More here .
** Goji Berries -Are packed with vitamin C as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E. They also contain linoleic acid, an essential fat that plumps up the skin and makes it look smoother and younger .
**Beans -Beans are really, really good for your skin. They help your body create hyaluronic acid which plumps and smooths the skin.
**Dark Chocolate -Yes!!! I can absolutely do this one daily (I know, I know-moderation is the key). Studies have shown that after drinking a cocoa-packed drink, blood flow to the skin was boosted (meaning it gets higher levels of nutrients and moisture). It also seemed to be more protected against UV damage - the number-one skin ager .
**Prunes -Are the fruit that contain the highest level of anti-oxidants which are essential to anti-aging in the skin (blueberries are a close second).
**Turkey -Okay, being a vegetarian I hate to even mention this ( I think Turkey's are cute) but fair is fair and I can't be biased so I will begrudgingly tell you that turkey has a protein called carnosine that slows down the cross-linking process in the skin thus helping with wrinkles .
I also found several articles linking consuming too much sugar to causing wrinkles . I suppose that laying off the sugar would be a good idea. Never fear though, because if you read my blog you know that you can use Stevia as an option (check older posts).
Since we are on the subject of beauty, wrinkles and anti-aging I would like to recommend my favorite beauty websiteBeauty Tyrant . I love her natural approach to all things beauty, and her Moisturizing Honey Banana Home Facial Mask recipe is the best I have found. If you have a second check her out. She's alot of fun and knows what she is talking about too. Good luck with those wrinkles !