If you want younger looking skin, here is your food formula! We break it down for you with the amazing Maria Bartiromo!
It’s true, the foods that you eat really do impact the appearance of your skin!
Certain foods no-no’s for the skin—these are any foods that cause cell damage—it ages the skin and creates wrinkles. Balance out skin “no-no” foods with foods that act a natural wrinkle cream.
- No-No: Alcohol = Dehydrator —creates free radicals which damages cells and accelerates aging. Alcohol contributes to dehydration, and when our skin looks dry it also looks aged. It also can lead to broken blood vessels on the face which make the skin appear damaged. Think of that person we’ve all who after they drink their skin looks more weathered and older.
- Natural Anti-Wrinkle Cream & Skin Hydrator: All Vegetables. Veggies naturally are rich in water, so they create moisture within your skin, plumping the cells and filling the crevices. Think of them as your body’s natural lotion—plus a whole lot more. They contain potent antioxidants that mop up the damage caused by alcohol, pollution, the sun, etc. Vegetables (and fruits too!) are water and potassium rich so they hydrate skin, restore fluid balance and prevent it from looking wrinkled and withered.
- Skin Hydrator: Avocado: As we get older our skin gets thinner and avocados are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, and they moisturize skin from the inside out with their oil. Plus your skin will get a rejuvenating glow thanks to avocado’s anti-inflammatory properties which will minimize flare-ups and tone skin.
- Skin Enhancer: Tart cherries. Alcohol disrupts sleep so cells can’t rejuvenate. Montmorency tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin so they enhance and promote sleep– and your body repairs and regenerates your cells, including your skin cells when you sleep.
- Tart cherry juice has been linked to improved sleep quality and duration
- No-No: Inflammatory foods like refined carbohydrates (white bread, white flour products), sugar, fried foods, processed meats, MSG. They create a low-level systemic inflammation that you may not realize is even happening, but inside, this is what damages cells, leads to disease and aging and creates weathered skin.
- Skin calmers & Smoothiers: Anti-inflammatory foods:
- Spices like turmeric and ginger. These are calming and fight inflammation. They repair cell damage and counteract the effects of inflammatory foods.
- Wild salmon as well as sardines, tuna, and herring are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are often lacking in our diets. These omega 3-rich fish are powerful anti-inflammatories and help to keep skin supple and soft with their oils.
- Soy Ginger Salmon
- DIY Brown Rice Sushi
- Broccoli also contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, such as sulforaphane.
- Spicy “Fried” Broccoli
- Collagen Destroyer:
- No- No: Collagen Destroyer–Sugar—refined like white bread, noodles and pasta (which break down to simple sugars) they enter our blood stream where they can then attach to the skin’s collagen and elastin. This causes the skins structure to weaken which results in visible signs of ageing by a process called glycation.
- Anti-wrinkle Cream- Collagen Rebuilder: Tomatoes and other vitamin C rich food. Vitamin C keeps skin youthful and elastic by aiding in collagen formation–this helps the skin to snap back into place when you make expressions, rather than staying in the wrinkled expression. Added bonus of foods like tomatoes that are typically red in color is that they’re rich in lycopene and beta carotene, both act as a natural sunblock—so they also fight age spots and sun damage.
Here are a few great skin beautifying recipes:
..and for beta carotene for a natural sunblock (protector against age spots and sun damage) Roasted Tarragon Garlic Sweet Potato Fries
Some more skin beautifying food tips?
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled, divided
- ⅓ cup chopped green onions
- ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry Sherry
- 1¾-inch cube peeled fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ¾ teaspoon chili-garlic sauce (see note below)
- 4 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 large bok choy, cut crosswise into ½-inch-wide strips (about 7 cups)
- 4 ounces fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
- Note: You can find this in most grocery stores in the Asian stores
- In a blender add 1 garlic clove, the onions, soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, sugar, sesame oil and garlic sauce and blend.
- Meanwhile place salmon in 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Spoon marinade ono top and allow to marinate 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 500°F. Using a rimmed baking sheet, place fish, with some marinade still sticking to it on top. Move any marinade in the dish to a small saucepan.
- Roast fish until just opaque in center, roughly 8 minutes.
- Heat the marinde in the saucepan until it begins to boil. Then set is aside to use for the glaze.
- Meanwhile, using a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add bok choy and mushrooms and press in 1 garlic clove using a garlic press.
- Heat for about 4 minutes. When it’s ready mushrooms will betender and bok choy will be wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Divide the veggies over the four plates. Place salmon on top and brush fish with glaze. Enjoy!
- Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
- Calories, 10 g Carbohydrate, 8 g fat, 36 g protein, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugar,