How to Choose Foods That Improve Appearance

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You can spend hundred of dollars on treatments and creams to make your skin look younger. However, what you eat has a huge impact on how you look. Many foods, such as refined sugars and salt, can lead to puffiness, sagging and wrinkles. However, there are many foods that can help to offset the signs of aging. Below is a list of foods that can help your skin look healthy and younger.


How to Choose Foods That Improve Appearance

Step 1

Eat oranges, blueberries and cherries. These fruits are full of antioxidants, which can decrease the appearance of aging by lowering inflammation. They can also increase collagen production, which can make your skin look younger.

Step 2

Eat sardines, shellfish and sunflower seeds. These foods provide your body with essential fatty acids. These acids help to nourish your skin and keep cells healthy. They also regulate nutrients, waste and water into and out of cells. This will help to make you look younger.

Step 3

Eat thyme, parsley, and oregano. Use these herbs to season your meals as opposed to using salt. Reducing your sodium intake will decrease bloating and puffiness.

Step 4

Eat sea vegatables. Sea vegetables are an excellent source of minerals. They help to detoxify the cells in your body. Toxins tend to age you prematurely by causing thinning hair and wrinkles. Eating sea vegetables can help to reverse this process.

Step 5

Eat mustard, dandelion and turnip greens. These greens help to cleanse your liver of toxins, which will help your body function better. Having a healthy liver will actually cause your skin to look healthier and tighter.

Step 6

Eat crunchy vegetables. Raw vegetables are great for your skin. Vegetables like celery and carrots can help to whiten your teeth. If you just ate dark fruits, coffee or red wine, eating an apple or other crunchy vegetable can help to prevent stains from forming on your teeth.

Step 7

Eat whole-milk products and egg yolks. These are high in vitamin A, which is important for skin repair and the prevention of dry skin. Not consuming enough vitamin A can lead to wrinkles.

Step 8

Eat cheeses, lentils and meats. The protein in these foods promotes cell growth and cell repair. This will lead to healthy, younger-looking skin, less hair loss and fewer wrinkles.

Step 9

Eat hemp or almond milk. Almond milk, which has high levels of many minerals and vitamins, is a great dairy substitute. It also contains fatty acids essentially to healthy skin. Hemp and almond milk are also high in protein.

Step 10

Almond or hemp "milk" Hemp milk and seeds // © Jeff Kauck/FoodPix/Jupiterimages Almond milk is a nutritious dairy alternative because of its high levels of magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, vitamin E, selenium and calcium. Licensed medical esthetician Tina Seitz says, "Hemp milk is a delicious, nutty-tasting non-dairy beverage that provides essential balanced nutrition. It's a fantastic alternative to soymilk or dairy, and has a natural well-balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids to keep your mind sharp, your immune system strong and your skin glowing." Both almond and hemp milks are plant-based, and don't contain lactose. They offer high-quality protein that can give hair a radiant, healthy shine and helps keep skin soft.

Tips and Warnings

Plums, raspberries, cranberries and pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants. Tuna, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds are great sources of essential fatty acids. Spirulina, kelp, arame, hijiki, and wakame are sea vegetables. Collagen keeps your skin resilient. However, collagen production decreases with age, leading to sagging skin and wrinkles. If you have puffiness under your eyes, it is likely that you are consuming too much salt. Refined sugars and manufactured foods trigger premature aging. Sugar can result in sagging and wrinkled skin.

Things You'll Need

Dark fruits, Shellfish, Sardines, Sunflower seeds, Herbs, Sea vegetables, Greens, Raw vegetables, Dairy products, Lentils, Meats, Almond milk, Hemp milk

About this Author

Cherie Brunetti has been writing and editing since 2005. She loves writing about psychology, child development, and home business. She has had feature articles published with "Us Moms Today" and "You & Me: America's Medical Magazine." Brunetti holds a Master of Science in counseling psychology from Frostburg State University in Maryland.

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