A dermatologist explains how the right diet can fight wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, and other signs of aging.
Contrary to what popular magazines might have you believe, the path to younger-looking skin isn’t found in a miracle cream or serum but in your refrigerator and pantry. According to Katta (co-author: The Successful Match, 2016, etc.), a dermatologist who is on the volunteer clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, “skin saving foods” can stop the damage done by free radicals, repair damaged DNA, strengthen skin’s natural barrier, and promote the growth of healthy microbes that keep skin healthy. To get those benefits, she recommends a balanced diet that includes healthy antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, “power carbs” like whole grains and lentils, good-for-you fats, as well as herbs and spices and probiotic foods. The focus is on permanently adopting a rich and varied menu that eschews processed food and “emphasizes whole foods as opposed to specific nutrients or supplements.” In other words, there’s no magic food or pill that will take years off your face, but you can prevent the signs of aging (and probably see other benefits) by eating nourishing foods. Katta, whose style is approachable and unpretentious, walks readers through the science of skin and the factors that contribute to common signs of aging (like crow’s feet and sagging), clearly explains how different foods benefit the skin in different ways and also delves into the connection between diet and skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Also included are more than three- ozen simple recipes for nutritious and appealing entrees, sides, and desserts, like honey ginger roasted carrots and peach almond custard tart. The author cites plenty of research to back up her claims and shares a lengthy reference list but is also able to translate all scientific information clearly. Bullet points, callouts, and charts break up what could be impenetrable blocks of text.
Accessible, evidence-based advice for those who want radiant skin.