As people grow older, changes in appearance and texture of skin become quite evident. A gradual loss of collagen (the main supporting structure for the skin) leads to wrinkles, spots, expression-lines and lesions. The loss of elastin (elastic tissue) in the upper layer of skin causes skin to hang loosely. The thinning of the epidermis (surface layer of the skin) makes skin transparent and rough. Furthermore, the loss of fat below the skin in eye area, cheeks, nose and chin may result in sunken eyes and saggy skin.
We are quite fortunate that the “Mother Nature” has gifted us with a variety of anti-aging foods that can delay the natural process of aging and help our skin stay young-looking and supple.
Berries such as blueberries, blackberries, acai berries, and black grapes make an effective anti-aging food as they contain antioxidants and phytochemicals. Antioxidants help destroy free radicals which are overactive and unstable oxygen molecules in your body. Free radicals damage skin, causing premature wrinkles and fine lines. Phytochemicals are powerful natural compounds that protect the body against the damage caused by aging. Berries also contain vitamin C that helps keep your complexion looking fair and smooth by fighting those skin damaging free radicals.
Watermelon is a nutritious fruit that offers many benefits to its consumers. The flesh of watermelon contains vitamins, bioflavonoids and phytochemicals, while the seeds contain essential fats, zinc, selenium, potassium and copper. Watermelon protects your body against free radical and delays the signs of aging.
Avocados make good dietary sources of vitamin E, potassium and monounsaturated fat. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for shiny hair and glowing skin. Potassium in avocados prevents fluid retention in the skin, thus promoting a young-looking face.
Strawberries contain red pigments, known as carotenoids that help destroy free radicals in your body. Carotenoids are also known to fight aging by increasing production of GAGs (glycosaminoglycans) and collagen.
Dark leafy greens especially spinach and lettuce contain zeaxanthin and lutein, plant pigments that keep your skin smooth and fresh-looking. Spinach also contains vitamin K that helps reduce bone loss. This, in turn, slows down the puckering of skin around the mouth.
Tomatoes contain lycopene that is known to exhibit anti-aging effects. People who regularly consume tomatoes are less likely to sustain skin damage due to aging than those who don’t.
Doctor D. Schwab’s high quality botanical skin care products contain herbal extracts, natural vitamins, and other extracts from foods that help improve skin health, enhance skin moisture and encourage the proliferation of new, healthy cells.