Botox injections to eliminate wrinkles have grown dramatically in popularity in the last decade. From 2000 to 2010, the number of treatments rose by 584 percent, for a total of 5.4 million Botox treatments in 2010.[i]
But with a cost of up to $500 per treatment, and results that last only three to six months, many are searching for a more practical, natural way to prevent and eliminate wrinkles.
One of the best ways is through your diet, as the foods you eat have a direct impact on the appearance of your skin.
As you might suspect, eating more fruits and vegetables in general is a great place to start, as research shows their high levels of antioxidants protect your skin from sun damage and other environmental assaults, helping to keep it smooth and wrinkle-free.[ii]
Specifically, if you want to help eliminate wrinkles, here are seven of the best foods to include in your daily diet.
7 Best Foods to Fight and Eliminate Wrinkles
7. Wild-Caught Salmon (or Fish Oil)
This is rich in omega-3 fats, which help keep your cell membranes healthy, helping to keep out toxins and waste while allowing nutrients in. A healthy cell membrane also helps maintain moisture, which leads to plumper, more youthful looking skin.
6. High-Quality Cocoa
Cocoa that contains high levels of the flavanols (natural antioxidant-rich phytonutrients) can actually help to improve the condition of your skin. In one study, women who high-flavanol cocoa had increases in blood flow to their skin, along with increased skin density and hydration.[iii] The skin surface also appeared smoother.
Beans, including black, red and pinto, are an often-overlooked source of antioxidants. Research shows that consuming higher amounts of legumes leaves your skin less prone to wrinkling.[iv]
4. Olive Oil
Olive oil provides antioxidants that can both ward off free radicals that damage your skin and also reduce inflammation — a key to a healthy complexion. Research also shows that people with higher intakes of olive oil had less sun-induced damage to their skin.[v] As a bonus, applying olive oil to your skin topically can also improve smoothness.
This beverage is a powerhouse for fighting wrinkles due to its antioxidant properties. Compounds in green tea like EGCG have been found to reduce skin damage from the sun when applied topically,[vi] and it will also benefit your skin from the inside out when consumed. HOWEVER… this delicious tea is even better!
Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries rank among the highest antioxidant fruits available, and this means they can help protect your skin from free-radical damage from the sun, stress and pollution. They also contain additional phytochemicals that can protect your cell membranes from damage, lessening premature skin aging and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
1. Coconut Oil
This healthy fat is another free-radical fighter, which contains antioxidants that may help protect your skin from damage as well as heal and repair existing damage. Coconut oil can also be applied topically as an all-natural skin-plumping , wrinkle-reducing moisturizer.
Flushing Toxins is Equally Important for Eliminating Wrinkles
Your skin is your largest organ, so when your body is “clogged” with a lifetime of accumulated toxins, you can expect your skin health to suffer.
Natural Cleanse is a combination of all-natural foods that rapidly flushes the toxins from your body that cause ‘old, unhealthy looking’ skin … and a range of serious diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune conditions, fatigue, skin problems, allergies, depression and more.
Many report that their skin looks radiant after the toxic buildup in their body has been flushed away. See what Natural Cleanse can do for your skin — and your overall health — now.
Written By: Updated: April 8,2013