There are three layers to your skin – epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. Dermis (the second layer) holds collagen, a group of molecules clustered together to provide support, strength and elasticity to your skin. As you age, your collagen levels drop, causing your skin to become less soft and supple looking. The good news is there are ways to help increase your collagen, including what you eat. Certain foods carry nutrients that promote skin elasticity. Here’s a breakdown of some of these collagen-friendly foods:
- Dark green, leafy vegetables. Cabbage, spinach and kale are rich in the antioxidant lutein, which has been known to boost skin elasticity and hydration. And veggies rich in vitamin C like collards and asparagus can help your body produce more collagen.
- Products like soy milk and cheese contain genistein, which amps up collagen and helps block the enzymes that are known to age your skin.
- Dark fruits and vegetables.Red peppers, beets, sweet potatoes and carrots are just a few of the fruits and vegetables that contain the collagen-producing antioxidant lycopene, which builds up under the skin to add an extra layer of protection from harmful UV rays.
- Omega acids.To create an excellent environment for collagen production, incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, including tuna, salmon and mackerel. And snack on nuts like cashews, pecans and almonds to give your skin an elasticity boost.
- Sound the hallelujah chorus – chocolate is good for your skin! The cocoa bean can increase blood flow to the skin, creating higher levels of moisture. It can also help with UV protection. Just be sure it’s dark chocolate you eat. Only dark chocolate has enough antioxidants to be effective.
To learn more about maintaining and building skin elasticity, contact Dr. Lalla today at 973-324-9455.