Foods That Fight Wrinkles

Fighting wrinkles is anything but fighting the inevitable. And at this point, your average five-year-old could probably tell you that the first step is staying out of the sun. So what else can you do? How about rearranging what’s on your plate tonight.

Load up on these:

  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts
  • Whole-grain bread

Cut down on these:

  • Red meat
  • Butter
  • Sugary, processed foods

Sure, every health expert says you should eat this way, but skin researchers have found that people who actually do watch what they eat not only have bodies that are physically younger, healthier, and slimmer but also are less likely to get wrinkles. Cool.

Why? Experts suspect it’s because the foods in the “load up” category are crammed with antioxidants, those cellular warriors that fight both aging and disease. Specifically, credit for their wrinkle-fighting success is given to five potent antioxidants — zinc, selenium, and vitamins A, C, and E — which excel at reducing the amount of free radicals that skin cells produce. Free radicals are what do the aging damage in the first place.