Dr. Dana Ellis Hunnes, a registered dietitian and author, and Dr. Jessica Krant, MD, a dermatologist and lifestyle medicine doctor, say the foods that make your skin age faster tend to have a few things in common: They’re highly inflammatory, they lack fiber and antioxidants, and they often come from animal sources.
Eating inflammatory foods increases inflammation markers in your body. These markers shorten tiny DNA structures called telomeres that are found at the end of chromosomes, causing your skin to age significantly faster.
Second, Dr. Ellis Hunnes explains that not eating enough whole plant foods that are high in antioxidants (like fruits and vegetables) can ramp up skin aging. Antioxidants protect your body from harmful free radicals that are often found in the skin-unfriendly list of foods below. Without antioxidants, free radicals can increase and spread inflammation throughout your body, which makes healthy skin cells age faster.
According Drs. Krant and Ellis Hunnes, these are the five worst foods most likely to accelerate the toll time takes on your skin. Read more…