When it comes to skincare, we know that a combination of sunscreen, anti-aging creams, and semi-regular exfoliation will help us ease into the aging process. But as Reader's Digest points out, you can also eat your way to smooth, wrinkle-free skin. "While you're digesting [protein-rich foods], your body breaks protein down into amino acids to help build cells back up," it writes. "Having plenty available will make it easier to repair and rebuild skin cells and the collagen that gives your skin structure." RD recommends avoiding excessive caffeine and sugar and suggests the following five foods to actually help your body fight wrinkles:
Garlic: "The pungent herb is packed with skin-protecting antioxidants called polyphenols, which help protect your skin from free radicals, the unstable molecules that break down collagen."
Raspberries: "Berries have more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Those antioxidants are your skin’s savior, protecting against wrinkle-causing skin damage."
Olive oil: "This healthy oil is loaded with oleic acid, a fatty acid that makes skin soft by keeping cell membranes fluid. Its vitamin E and polyphenols also help your skin look young."
Salmon: "The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon aren’t just good for your heart. They also keep cell membranes fluid to help give your skin youthful smoothness. Eat at least two four-ounce servings of salmon every week."
Beans: "People who eat the most beans, fish, vegetables, and olive oils have the fewest wrinkles, found one Australian study of people in Australia, Sweden, and Greece."
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