Your skin always needs great nutrition - beauty from the inside out is key and the summer months are no exception. Follow the dietary recommendations listed below to ensure beautiful skin at every age.
In Your 20’s
Products formulated with the polyphenols that are found abundantly in Olive Oil are extremely efficient and multifaceted antioxidants. Polyphenols are exceptionally stable and protective. The most powerful member of the polyphenols group is hydroxytyrosol which is extremely rare and effective in even small concentrations.
Olive oil polyphenols are important in preventing the signs of aging. Able to deliver anti-aging benefits without irritation, they are an ideal therapy for sensitive skin. When used regularly these active treatment helps to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles while firming and toning the skin.
In Your 30’s
By the time you are 30, you should make sure that you have left poor eating habits behind because the first place they will show is in your face. Your diet needs to include the following:
- high-quality protein, like that found in fish, shellfish, poultry and tofu
- low-glycemic (will not provoke a glycemic response when consumed in moderation) carbohydrates including colorful fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains such as old-fashioned oatmeal, legumes such as beans and lentils
- healthy fats, such as those found in cold water fish (especially wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sardines, herring, anchovies, etc.), nuts, seeds, and olive oil
- 6-8 glasses of pure spring water per day
- Antioxidant rich beverages such as green tea
Collagen production decreases as you age, so nutrients such as vitamin C, which help with collagen formation is beneficial as you move into your 30s and 40s.
In your 40’s
Be sure to take fish oil capsules and eat foods rich in the healthy fats to help keep skin supple and youthful.
Also it is vital to include many brightly colored fruits and vegetables to prevent free radical induced inflammation. Don’t forget the protein - necessary for cellular repair. Watch alcohol intake, which is damaging to skin and internal organs and stay away from sugar and high glycemic carbs which will rob skin of youthful contours.
I also recommend alpha lipoic acid (ALA). ALA works synergistically with other antioxidants in the skin to reduce the damaging inflammatory effects of ultraviolet radiation. ALA’s capacity to regulate production of nitric oxide, which controls blood flow to the skin when applied topically, helps to transform the complexion from dull, pasty, and pale to vibrant and glowing. Topical ALA will also reduce puffiness in the face and eye area, decrease wrinkles and pore size.
In your 50s and 60s
Products containing natural and non-toxic neuropeptides play important roles in the beauty and appearance of the skin. As we age, the levels of natural neuropeptides, produced by the body, diminish.
When we get older, our skin cell turnover decreases, we lose the thickness of the dermis through the loss of collagen and elastin, and we experience a decrease in important blood vessels which carry nutrients to the skin cells - all of which can be greatly ameliorated by the application of topical neuropeptides.
Additional tips to restore radiance and keep skin supple and youthful during the menopause years and beyond:
- Take omega 3 fish oil capsules
- Cut out sugary starchy foods and beverages which make skin look dull and pasty
- Take the nutritional supplement alpha lipoic acid and use topical skin care products containing alpha lipoic acid, both which will help return youthful vibrancy and radiance to your skin. Alpha lipoic acid has the unique ability to promote the healthy production of nitric oxide, which helps control the blood flow to the skin.
- Regular exercise will increase circulation to the face, thus promoting a glowing complexion.
- Avoid smoking, which restricts the blood flow to the skin and can cause sallowness and dullness - as well as premature wrinkles, deep lines (especially on the upper lip), and loss of suppleness.
- Don’t go “fat-free” which will make your skin dry and dull. Choose healthy fats as listed above for radiance and suppleness.
- Get enough sleep! Nothing is worse for your complexion than sleep deprivation - which will also cause you to crave sugary starchy food
- Limit alcohol consumption.
Dr. Perricone Recommends:
NP Facial Conformer
Advanced Face Firming Activator