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Feed Your Face: What to Eat to Fight Wrinkles

By Dr Jessica Wu

Most of my patients over the age of 20 eventually ask me what anti-aging products they should use. It’s no wonder: Cosmetics companies tap into our insecurities about getting older, encouraging the fear that we’ll turn into wrinkled prunes if we don't use the latest (and often very expensive) miracle cream. While certain products can help your skin look healthier and more vibrant, skin care products alone aren’t enough to preserve or improve your looks over time. It’s just as important to feed your skin what it needs to build healthy collagen and elastic tissue from the inside.

While eating for younger, smoother skin won’t lift a sagging neck or tighten loose jowls, feeding your body the right nutrients will help it build strong collagen (for thicker skin) and healthy elastic tissue (to keep skin more resilient). Plus, your skin will have a youthful glow. Because collagen and elastic tissue are made of protein, it’s important to get plenty of protein in your diet by including chicken, fish, and lean meats. The major components of collagen are the amino acids glycine and proline, which are found in high concentrations in beef, lamb, and chicken breast. You can also find glycine in pork, quail, bison, and seafood like shrimp, crab, and lobster. Cottage cheese and cabbage are additional good sources of proline.

For more secrets on eating to beat the clock, check out Chapter 7 of my book Feed Your Face, now out in paperback!

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