The Anti-wrinkle Diet!
There are critical dietary factors that are scientifically proven to affect the way we age. This article will cover the science and solution behind the anti-wrinkle diet.
Genetics, UV damage and smoking all accelerate ageing. However, current research has now proven that glucose and fructose present in common foods we consume daily, directly affects the collagen and elastin proteins in our skin. glycation and glycotoxins can actually produce and accelerate the formation of wrinkles.
Glycation (or glycosylation) is the result of covalent bonding of a protein or lipid molecule with a sugar molecule to form AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End products). This results in collagen and elastin proteins in the skin becoming stiff and rigid. The resulting sugar-protein complex is discoloured, malformed and brittle and manifests as wrinkles and loss of radiance.
Young individuals are constantly able to produce healthy new collagen and are able to get away with a high sugar diet. However, as you age, you are less equipped to produce your own collagen and elastin and a poor diet high in sugar will directly influence the appearance of wrinkles.
Reduce or totally remove the following foods from your diet:
- Sugar (sweets, dried fruit, fruit juice)
- Refined carbs (pasta, pastry, white rice, bread, processed flour)
- Processed carbs (chips, pizza etc.)
- Reduced fresh fruit intake (fructose creates AGE’s. Lemon juice is OK as it is alkalising)
There are many ‘hidden sugars’ in packaged food. The general rule of thumb is the less processing the better. However, try and analyse the back of your product labels and choose foods that are low in sugar (less than 5%).
Anti-ageing dietary recommendations
So, avoiding sugar and processed food will certainly reduce the formation of AGE’s. But what foods are truly beneficial for improving skin tone and texture as we age? Following are in my scientific opinion, the great skin super foods.
Fresh vegetables (at least 8-10 cupfuls a day of a variety of colours). Minimise cooking time or eat raw
- Romaine lettuce
- Tomatoes (rich in antioxidant lycopene)
- Red cabbage
Foods high in Omega 3, 6 and 9 fats (in the correct proportion). These are the essential skin oils!
- Flaxseed oil
- Krill oil
- Coconut oil
- Rice bran oil (great for cooking)
- Extra virgin olive oil (not for cooking)
- Flax Seed oil (refrigerated)
Pulses (Lentils and beans) – a great way to get healthy plant protein in your diet to build collagen and elastin
- Split peas
- Chick peas
- Lima/Pinto/Black/Broad beans
Whole unprocessed grains- excellent source of B vitamins and anti-inflammatory nutrients
- Oat bran
- Brown rice
Herbs and Spices- ensure that they are fresh (not dried) and grown in a pesticide free environment
- Green tea (or Green tea supplements)
Skin care also plays a vital role in your anti-ageing regimen. Ensure you choose a reputable brand with clinical data to support active ingredient claims. Also ensure the products are free of parabens, artificial fragrance, colour and other questionable ingredients.
The hero anti-ageing Synergie Skin™ products (available at Chique)
- Ultimate A serum
- Vitamin B serum
- Suprema C and Vitamin C crystals
- Uberzinc daily UV protective moisturiser
- Reclaim age management moisturiser
- SuperSerum anti-ageing serum
- Revitaleyes eye serum
- Rejuvaderm Home Infusion Roller (penetrates active ingredients 40 times more efficiently)
Of course the great skin solution is a combination of the following elements:
- Avoid environmental damage (UV, pollution)
- Eat well for great skin
- Use scientifically formulated skin care that is free of questionable ingredients- Synergie Skin™
Follow these simple guidelines and you should live your life in great skin at any age!
Questions? Contact Chique!