The foods you eat directly impact how quickly your skin ages.
For example, high-fat foods promote oxidative stress, which ages your skin faster1. To the contrary, unprocessed, whole foods support healthy skin cell metabolism, blood circulation, and collagen production.
And collagen plays a key role in skin strength, elasticity, and hydration.
When you have strong skin cells, your skin can hold in more water, which results in elastic, hydrated, radiant skin.
Improved skin elasticity will prevent your jawline from sagging, and keep your neck tight. Well-hydrated skin will rejuvenate your skin that’s smooth and soft to the touch.
However, as you age, your body produces less and less collagen—which can lead to an uneven complexion, wrinkles, and a sagging jawline.
Therefore, eating foods abundant in collagen can help restore youthful skin and a glowing complexion.
To support soft, glowing, radiant skin, Dr. Chasan suggests incorporating more of the following collagen-rich foods into your diet:
Packed with collagen and hyaluronic acid, bone broth will nourish your skin from within.
Radiant skin that’s hydrated, bouncy, and smooth.
PLUS: Bone broth contains amino acids glycine and proline, which are essential for skin health.
Glycine reduces wrinkles by further promoting collagen production.
Proline wounds heal fast by enhancing your body’s immune response to the wound, healing faster while leaving your skin smooth and flawless.
Fatty fish are an excellent source of collagen, as long as you leave the skin on. That’s because most of the collagen found in fish is stored in the skin.
In addition to collagen, fatty fishies are abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for supporting your body’s natural collagen production.
And sufficient omega-3 intake can delay unwanted signs of aging too:
Omegas soften your skin by strengthening your skin cell membranes…
Strong skin retains more water…
And well-hydrated skin will be soft, wrinkle-free, and glowing with youth.
Unlike animal-derived foods which are naturally rich in collagen…
Fruits and vegetables aren’t sources of collagen themselves. But, that doesn’t mean they can’t help protect your beauty and youth too.
These vitamin and mineral powerhouses encourage and support your body’s natural collagen production, resulting in firm, elastic skin.
Examples of foods with high amounts of Vitamin C (which helps keep your skin plump and firm) include:
- Fruits: blueberries, papaya, or anything citrus
- Vegetables: broccoli, leafy greens, cauliflower
Okay, that’s all for today!
To begin reversing your skin’s visible signs of aging, topping up your collagen stores and supporting your body’s natural collagen production by eating the powerhouses above will go a long way.
And your skin will certainly thank you!