Stress is often the beginning of a slippery slope of poor health, leading to a poor diet, less sleep and no exercise. When all of these detriments come together, wrinkles often result. On the other hand, a healthy diet rich in antioxidants can help keep your skin healthy as well.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
There is little direct evidence that diet can help reduce existing lines and wrinkles. These seem to be more dependent on heredity, exposure to environmental factors, stress and lifestyle. There are numerous studies that show a relationship between diet and longevity. It has been shown that certain mammals on restricted calorie diets and certain human populations who eat primarily fish diets tend to live longer. However, a proper diet can certainly be associated with good health and the prevention of lines and wrinkles. There are several dietary practices that enhance good general health including a younger-looking appearance. Overall, a low-glycemic diet high in deeply colored fruits and vegetables combined with protein sources such as soy or fish are beneficial. Specifically, the following should be considered:
- Carbohydrates - Stay away from excess refined sugars. While they can be a source of energy, too much sugar can override the body's ability to eliminate them. This can lead to the formation of Advance Glycosylated Endproducts (AGE's) which can crosslink collagen and elastin and reduce firmness and create wrinkles. This is often the case with people who have diabetes. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, provide fiber, which is beneficial for the removal of toxins.
- Lipids - Stay away from highly saturated fat, which are found in red meat, dairy products, margarine and processed foods. These can reduce the flow of blood in the arteries which decreases the amount of nutritional elements in the capillaries. The skin is thus deprived of some of the essential materials needed to promote skin health. Unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, or omega-3, 6, 9 fatty acids, usually derived from fish, can thin the blood to promote the flow of nutrients. They are also a critical part of the skin's natural lipid barrier.
- Consume tea, coffee, fruits, and vegetables (particularly cruciferous ones like spinach, onions, garlic, cabbage, etc.) for their antioxidant value.
- Ingest foods that are naturally high in vitamins (such as A, B, C, D, E and F), minerals (such as calcium, zinc and selenium), and protein (such as soy and fish) for proper metabolism.
Your diet has very little to do with your wrinkles. Wrinkles are caused by multiple factors, including genetics, sun exposure, movement of your facial muscles and simply age. Having said that, it is very important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. There are ways to minimize wrinkles: avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen, use moisturizer, retinoids (specifically prescription strength tretinoin) have been shown to reduce fine wrinkles and lines, and injectables like Botox or dysport can help to reduce and somewhat prevent wrinkles.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.