"If you don't have wrinkles, you haven't laughed enough," said funny woman Phyllis Diller, who was known for her cackling laugh, big personality and, later in life, wrinkles! Those lines and creases that appear around the eyes, chin and forehead (and elsewhere) are a natural part of aging as skin thins and fewer nutrients are delivered to the dermis (the outer layer of skin). But you don't want to trigger or speed them up. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize them, and some are very tasty!
- Eat antioxidant-rich foods like leafy greens and berries, and foods with healthy fats, such as salmon, avocado and nuts. One recent pilot study found that eating two 1-ounce servings of almonds daily for 16 weeks reduced wrinkle width by 10% and severity by 9%.
- Another great technique: Deliver vitamin C directly to the skin (at night only; daytime vitamin C is oxidized by the sun and adds wrinkles) with enriched creams, serums and patches. Be sure to wash beforehand with a non-soap cleanser and finish with a fragrance-free moisturizer.
- Get 150+ minutes of aerobic exercise weekly; increased blood flow to skin delivers needed oxygen and nutrients.
- Skip added sugars and refined carbohydrates - they trigger the release of insulin, a hormone that leads to bodywide inflammation and that includes your skin.
- Avoid direct sun. Ninety percent of aging signs are due to sun exposure. Use micronized zinc oxide sunblock (at least 30 SPF) on your face daily.
- The skin is 64% water, so stay well hydrated!
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