Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

Aging gracefully means eating well.

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

By Emilia Benton, Prevention

Your skin is your body's largest organ, and as you age, the number of pigment-containing cells decreases, causing thinner, paler skin. It can also cause dark spots, also known as age spots, on parts of your skin with the most sun exposure. In addition to the breakdown of collagen, your skin also produces less oil as you make more trips around the sun, so you might notice drier, itchy skin. Fortunately, there are plenty of wrinkle-fighting retinol creams and vitamin C serums to help restore a youthful glow. But that's not all you can do to look decades younger. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can also help turn back the clock. The antioxidants and nutrients in foods can help your skin look its best in your 30s, 40s, and 50s. Check out our dermatologist-recommended food list to eat your way to wrinkle-free, supple skin at every age.

Your skin in your 30s

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

According to Rajani Katta, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and author of Glow: The Dermatologist's Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Skin Diet, your 30s are when you should focus on protection against free radical damage created from sunlight, pollution or high stress.

"The first signs of aging that occur in your 30s and usually are dynamic wrinkles meaning they come from muscle movement. Some women begin to see frown lines or forehead lines in their 30s and may even have early signs of crows feet," Patricia Farris, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in at Sanova Dermatology in Metairie, Louisiana, says.

Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

“Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and studies show patients who have diets higher in vitamin C have less wrinkles,” Dr. Farris says. Fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, blueberries, tomatoes, red pepper and kiwi.


Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

In addition to vitamin C, tomatoes are high in lycopene, which is a potent antioxidant that can protect the skin from sunburn and damaging free radicals that result from ultraviolet light exposure. Free radicals break down collagen and elastin molecules, ultimately causing wrinkles as well as inflammation.

According to Dr. Katta, in one study, volunteers consumed tomato paste daily for 12 weeks. At the end of 12 weeks, they experienced less skin redness following ultraviolet exposure, and skin biopsies revealed less skin damage on a cellular level as well.

Leafy greens

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

Leafy greens like kale and spinach contain vitamin E, vitamin A, or retinol, which is important for normal skin cell turnover. They're also excellent sources of beta carotene, an antioxidant that can accumulate in the skin and provide protection against UV light, and folate, a vital nutrient for DNA repair, Dr. Farris says.

Oily fish

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

“Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout are full of omega-3 fatty acids,” Dr. Farris says. “These are great to keep skin supple and moist." Because they're also anti-inflammatory, they help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. These fish also have protein, vitamin E as well as zinc, which is essential for skin health. “Shrimp and scallops are also high in protein, low in calories and add in a lot of minerals as well,” Dr. Katta adds.


Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

Soy contains isoflavones, which are polyphenolic antioxidants that have been shown to improve collagen production, reduce wrinkles and protect the skin from sun damage, Dr. Farris says.

Green tea

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

“Green tea is full of potent antioxidants called catechins,” Dr. Farris says. “These can help protect the skin from damaging free radicals and sun damage.”

Dark chocolate

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

Dark chocolate is also packed with antioxidants, and studies show it increases blood flow to the skin, protects against sunburn and improves hydration, Dr. Farris says.

Red wine

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

If you're enjoying an alcoholic drink, go for red wine. It contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals and boosts the skin's internal antioxidant defense. Resveratrol also inhibits glycation to keep skin wrinkle-free.

Foods high in iron

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

Getting a sufficient amount of iron is especially important in your 30s, when you might have increased menstrual blood loss, Dr. Katta says. “Low levels of iron can also affect hair growth, as you need iron to be able to grow healthy hair.” Foods high in iron include red meat, clams, shrimp, black beans, lentils, spinach and pumpkin seeds.

Your skin in your 40s

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

When many women reach their 40s, it's all about a battle with gravity. "In your 40s, you begin to lose collagen and see the first signs of volume loss. Smile lines and marionette lines start to become more noticeable," Dr. Farris says.

But what you eat can also help slow down the breakdown of collagen. There's a relationship between blood sugar and collagen levels, Dr. Katta explains. When you have elevated levels of blood sugar, it can affect collagen, creating new, sticky molecules in the body. These molecules form crosslinks with collagen, which causes damage and makes skin more likely to wrinkle, sag and lose elasticity.

Foods high in fiber

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

Women need to focus on eating high-fiber foods to avoid blood sugar highs and lows. Fiber works to keep you full and satisfied, so you're not reaching for a candy bar a half hour after eating your lunch. Dr. Katta also advises filling your plate with lean protein and other foods with complex carbs. A wide range of fruits, vegetables and grains, including chia seeds, lentils, kidney beans, oats, popcorn raspberries, pears and artichokes are all good sources of fiber.

Prebiotics and probiotics

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

In your 40s, you're at an increased risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is often related to stress and changing hormone levels, Dr. Katta says.

“IBS can be due to gut dysbiosys. We all have microbes that live in GI tract, some of which are good and bad. When you have IBS, you have less of the good microbes and more of the bad ones. Those in the gut can affect the skin because they produce substances that strengthen skin barriers," Dr. Katta explains. If you have enough good microbes, you can help reduce moisture loss and irritation in the skin.

For this reason, Dr. Katta recommends eating foods containing prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics encourage the growth of good bacteria in your gut and can be found in foods high in fiber, such as oats, legumes and artichokes. On the other hand, probiotics contain live active cultures of good bacteria that benefit the skin. Foods high in probiotics are kombucha, yogurt and sauerkraut.

Your skin in your 50s

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

Once women reach their 50s, volume depletion becomes a big problem as you lose one percent collagen a year after menopause, Dr. Farris explains. “In your 50s, one thing women are concerned about is that their skin doesn’t retain moisture as well, so you will want to think about ways to eat to help skin barrier retain moisture better, such as by eating foods high in good fats, Dr. Katta says.

 Healthy fats

Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age

“You’ll want to incorporate good fats in your diet such as omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in salmon, ground flaxseeds and walnuts," Dr. Katta says. Sprinkle ground flaxseeds over your salads, oatmeal, or muffins. Just make sure they're ground because your body can't absorb whole flaxseeds, and store them in the freezer to retain their omega-3 fatty acids content.

Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, also have lots of healthy fats, in addition to an amino acid called L-arginine that supports protein synthesis, which is good for healthy hair, skin and nails, Dr. Farris says.
Anti-Aging Foods to Look Your Best at Every Age


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