Experts say that taking (and avoiding) certain foods and health supplements helps to counteract the effects of sun exposure by reducing wrinklecausing free radical damage.
“Vitamin C is essential for connective tissue in the body, and particularly the layer where the collagen that maintains the integrity of your skin is made,” according to Lorraine Meisner, Ph.D., professor of preventive medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
The recommended daily requirement for an adequate diet is enough to keep away deficiency diseases, but it’s not enough to prevent wrinkles. Taking oral vitamin C (300-500mg) helps to enhance collagen and elastin production to reduce wrinkles.
Vitamin E provides additional sun damage protection, so skin is healthier and thus less vulnerable to wrinkling. Those 400 IU capsules will help keep skin smooth and soft.
TOP 10 WRINKLE-FIGHTING FOODS
Eat your spinach. Rich with lutein, which helps hydration and elasticity, it also has iron and vitamins A, C and E. They keep skin bright and firm, and protected against sun and free radical damage.
Don’t pass on beetroot. This antioxidant-rich root contains pigments called anthocyanins, which enhance collagen production to reduce wrinkling.
Ask for olives. Scientists have found that olives and virgin olive oil are very high in polyphenols. They help make the skin less wrinkle-prone and slow the ageing process by fighting free radicals.
Have some avocado. This nutrient rich fruit is naturally high in the monounsaturated fat essential for plump, youthful skin. They help stimulate collagen production.
Ask for more kale. Also known as kai lan, it is a great source of nutrients, especially vitamin A, which naturally counteracts wrinkles. It also gives you healthy blood circulation for gorgeous, glowing skin.
Turn up the heat with chillies. Full of vitamins A and E, and bioflavonoids, they help skin to heal and remain hydrated. Research also shows that the antioxidants in red, yellow and orange foods build under skin to create extra UV protection.
You need tomatoes. They have lots of lycopene, a free radical warrior , and other antioxidants that help prevent wrinkling, maintain moisture and reduce dullness.
Add flaxseed oil to cereal. Rich with protein and Omegas 6 and 3 fatty acids, it helps to plump skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
Grapes, anyone? Fresh grapes and its juice contain proanthocyanidins, which help keep skin elastic, smooth and wrinkle-free.
Sip green tea. Research shows that its potent antioxidants make you look younger by boosting collagen and elastin.
LOOK 10 YEARS YOUNGER: STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR
This may make you want to cut out sugar from your diet forever: besides affecting your waistline and teeth, experts now believe that overeating sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled.
In his book, 10 Minutes/10 Years: Your Definitive Guide to a Beautiful and Youthful Appearance, US celebrity cosmetic dermatologist Dr Fredric Brandt explains: “Sugar breaks down the collagen and binds to elastin, causing them to harden.” As a result, youthful skin becomes more vulnerable to wrinkling and UV damage, and starts to sag and look old before its time.