Ways to look younger in your 50s – Eat this, not that

We all know that there is no magic pill that will make you look younger, but a healthy lifestyle will help slow down the aging process. While skin changes are more noticeable in your 40’s and 50’s, there are many tricks that prevent premature aging and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke to experts who are sharing their secrets to looking youthful for longer. Read on – and don’t miss these to protect your health and the health of others Sure signs you already had COVID.

Omega-3 fatty acids

dr Simran Sethifounder of RenewMD Beauty & Wellness suggests: “Use linoleic acid (essential fatty acids like omega-3,6, etc.); this healthy fat gives skin the perfect amount of plumpness without weighing it down. Linoleic acid is packed with antioxidants and offers multiple benefits for the skin.

What it does:

  • Strengthens the skin’s lipid barriers, preventing breakage, inflammation, environmental damage and the formation of lines and wrinkles. When the lipid barrier is strong and balanced moisture is restored, the skin renewal cycle begins to function optimally and accelerated skin aging is treated
  • Effectively (but not exclusively) protects the skin from environmental pollutants or environmental factors such as smoke, poor air quality, dry heat and air, UV rays, climate change and more
  • Linoleic acid may help heal inflammation such as dermatitis, eczema, and other persistent dry, itchy, and uncomfortable skin barrier breaks.
take vitamins

dr Sethi recommends: “Using vitamin E because it provides many benefits to the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and when combined with supplemental ingredients, its benefits can penetrate into the skin (the dermis) as well. Vitamin E is able to fade and smooth fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture due to natural aging and weakened skin renewal. The key to stopping or slowing down the formation of lines and wrinkles is to strengthen the lipid barrier.

What it does:

  • Increases and accelerates skin cell turnover and skin renewal
  • Strengthens the skin’s lipid/moisture barrier, which protects against breakage and environmental damage
  • Inhibits sebum production
  • When combined with vitamin C and sunscreen, this trifecta is even more effective than sunscreen alone.”
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dr Sethi explains: “Sugar should definitely be consumed in moderation by women over 40, as excessive sugar intake has been shown to intrinsically damage and age our skin due to the formation of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). When there is excess glucose in the body, it bonds with collagen and elastin, proteins that give our skin its firmness and elasticity. Sugar crosslinking hardens skin proteins, causing skin to become weaker, thinner, and less hydrated. The damaged skin proteins lead to increased and premature wrinkling, sagging and discoloration of the skin. Additionally, glycation also occurs in our blood vessel proteins, joints and other major organs, further underscoring the importance of sensible sugar consumption in the 40s.”

collagen supplements

Lisa Richards, a nutritionist and author of the candida diet says: “Smoothies that incorporate collagen into their formulation are an excellent option for skin tightening and elasticity. Collagen is an important part of skin health and as we age the amount contained in our skin, nails and hair naturally decreases. This leaves behind increased signs of aging due to decreasing elasticity of the skin as well as dry and brittle hair and nails. Collagen can prevent and reduce these and can be taken as a dietary supplement and is a common ingredient in most skin products. There are three main types of collagen and it is best to consume a collagen supplement that contains most of the five forms. At the very least, taking Types 1 and 3 together is ideal. When taken as a powder, especially when mixed with a protein powder, it can improve collagen absorption.”

Chlorophyll water with fresh spearmint on the table

Trista BestMPH, RD, LD revealed,”Chlorophyll water is an easy way to detoxify, promote skin health and provide the body with significant amounts of antioxidants. The antioxidants found in chlorophyll, provided by the plant compounds, work in the body to remove and reduce toxins and free radical damage. When this damage is allowed to occur, skin aging is a health concern, along with many other more serious side effects. It has antimicrobial effects that make the skin an inhospitable place for bacteria to grow and reduce acne. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory compound, meaning skin experiences less inflammation that can cause sagging skin and wrinkles. The plant compounds found in chlorophyll as antioxidants by the body. A unique ability of these phytochemicals in chlorophyll is their ability to absorb and remove toxins from the body, creating a detoxifying effect. Chlorophyll improves the quality of red blood cells, allowing them to carry more oxygen. The more oxygen circulates in the body, the more nutrients and energy flow as well. For those who prefer to drink plant water or already drink water regularly, opting for chlorophyll water can offer many health benefits that you wouldn’t get with plain water.”

Closeup of pretty young woman drinking water from glass

dr Nicholas Jones, MD, FACS Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, “Make sure you’re drinking enough water. Our body is made up of 60-70% water. Water is essential for our bodies to function, right down to the cellular level. It helps us sleep better, it helps keep your skin young!”

woman sleeps peacefully

Kent Probst, Personal Trainer, Kinesiotherapist and Bodybuilder long healthy life says: “Another secret to healthy aging is not just getting enough sleep, but getting it sleep quality. A good night’s sleep (7 to 9 hours) will help you detoxify your brain from beta-amyloid plaque, the substance concentrated in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. If you sustainably improve the quality of your sleep, you’ll be happier and more productive during the day.”

Heather Neugen

Heather Newgen has over two decades of reporting and writing experience on health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather currently freelances for several publications. Continue reading

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