Feed Your Skin | Reader's Digest

Feed Your Skin

Anti-aging diet secrets from the pros.

By Janis Graham from Reader's Digest | July 2008

What you put inside your body eventually shows on the outside. More than 100 dermatologists analyzed the skin of about 4,000 women ages 40 to 74. Then they looked at eating habits, weight, history of sun exposure, and whether the women had hit menopause.

Anti-aging diet secrets the doctors uncovered:

     

  • 1.

    Vitamin C counts

    Women with higher C intake, mostly from foods like orange juice, citrus fruits, and tomatoes (as opposed to supplements), had significantly fewer wrinkles. C is key in the formation of collagen, which repairs damage and keeps skin strong and elastic.

  • 2.

    Linoleic acid is protective.

    Those who ate plenty of this nutrient had skin that was less dry and fragile. Known to help skin maintain moisture, it’s found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, and plant-based oils.

  • 3.

    Excess carbohydrates and fat speed the aging.

    Women who consumed more carbs and fat had more wrinkles.