Aging with grace and beauty is quite the feat. Especially when it comes to the first signs of wrinkles.
It takes time, attention, and just the right balance of care to keep skin healthy and glowing. Years of too much sun, harsh cleansers and creams, as well as environmental changes can do a number on delicate skin and sadly not much can reverse damage.
But there are some healthy “drugs” hiding right in your grocery store aisles when it comes to reducing wrinkles, one of the most noticeable signs of aging. So nourish your skin and body — and fight the signs of aging at the same time — by adding these super foods to your diet.
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9 Superfoods That Help Reduce Wrinkles
Avocados are the king of healthy fats. They are also high in glutathione which is well known for its anti-aging and detoxing properties. And, when it comes to fruit, avocados reign in vitamins B complex, vitamin C, and vitamin E which are all skin-nourishing vitamins.
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If you’re looking to reduce wrinkles, boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids with salmon. Western diets tend to be low in the essential omega-3’s (and perhaps that explains our penchant for wrinkles). Boost your intake with salmon and your skin will be more moisturized and better protected from sun damage.
Blueberries and their berry counterparts (like raspberries) are chock-full of antioxidants that aid in cell regeneration and new, less wrinkled skin. Load up on this sweet treat, fresh or frozen!
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You can call kefir the better yogurt. It’s less sweet and thus, more powerful. Kefir is a cultured from milk, like yogurt, but has up to three times as many probiotics. And those helpful probiotics rejuvenate the skin by reducing inflammation.
Eggs are full of vitamins and amino acids which help produce skin's collagen and elastin — both of which help make skin smooth, soft, wrinkle-free, and full of stretch and buoyancy. So: scrambled eggs tomorrow?
As they're high in vitamin C, tomatoes help build collagen. Collagen increases skin’s beauty and reduces wrinkles. So bring on the caprese salads, sundried tomato toppings, and V-8!
Some say spinach is the world’s healthiest food. The leafty green fights disease and fills you with antioxidants, which rid your body of environmental pollutants — resulting in radiant skin.
When looking to reduce wrinkles, go on a hunt for nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and K (and psst, all are found in asparagus!). Each of these support collagen, protect against harmful UV rays, and keep skin looking youthful.
Think of honey as a sweet treat for your skin — inside and out. You can both eat and apply honey to beautify your skin. Honey is anti-viral and an antioxidant that cuts down on inflammation, calming the skin, and in effect, reducing signs of aging and wrinkles.
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Tell us in the comments: What's your favorite superfood?