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Before you open another jar of skin cream, find out which foods can help your skin look younger, fresher, brighter, and just plain better. Keep reading to learn what the experts say you should eat for a glowing, youthful complexion.
4 / 7 Include Power Plants
Fruits and vegetables contain the building blocks for soft, smooth, healthy skin. Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, as well as pomegranates, are rich in skin-friendly antioxidants, which, says Dr. Murad, “assist in cellular renewal and help cells stay plump with water.”
Experts also single out tomatoes as being effective in keeping fine lines and wrinkles in check. Says Dr. Wu, “Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which has been shown to fight sunburn and sun damage that can lead to wrinkles and skin cancer.”
5 / 7 Drink to Your Skin
Yes, water is good for your skin, but you don’t have to go overboard. The goal is to avoid dehydration. (Hint: If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.) “If you’re dehydrated,” Wu explains, “your skin and mucous membranes will become dry, cracked, and crepey.”
Drink six to nine glasses of water a day, and make sure you consume enough caffeine-free fluids, such as soups, juices, and herbal teas, to avoid dehydration. For optimum skin health, drink one glass of water (or other caffeine-free liquid) with each meal, and another glass between meals. Unsweetened green tea, in particular, is beneficial because it contains antioxidants that fight sun damage, a major cause of aging skin and skin cancer.
6 / 7 Find the Fiber
“Because fiber in the daily diet helps remove fat, waste, toxins, and free radicals — key factors in aging — from the body, it’s a natural anti-aging element,” says Murad. Good sources of fiber include oatmeal, chickpeas, and fruits and vegetables.
Women should consume about 25 grams of fiber a day. Try your best to get fiber from food rather than supplements. If for some reason you can’t get enough fiber in your diet, experts recommend supplementing with Konsyl.
7 / 7 Stay Away From Sugars
Your sweet tooth can really sour your complexion. Sugar and refined carbohydrates, such as sodas, white bread, and pastries, can lead to premature wrinkles and aging skin.
“Consuming large amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrates can directly harm skin elasticity because these foods trigger inflammation and contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastic fibers,” Murad explains. Once sugars and carbs enter the body, they’re converted into glucose, which attaches to healthy proteins and interferes with the production of collagen and elastin — thus leading to skin that’s less firm and resilient.