Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, a healthy diet is reflected in beautiful, resilient, youthful skin. Antioxidants, comprising the latest, expensive, anti-aging serums, benefit the skin and body when consumed daily. Dermatologists recommend orange vegetables, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, which are a rich source of vitamin A to restore and regenerate damaged collagen. Veggies, such as cucumber and celery have a high sulfur content, important in collagen production (collagen cannot be produced if sulfer is absent). Dark green vegetables (spinach and kale) are high in vitamin C and act to rev up collagen production and protects against free radicals to prevent weak collagen. Tomatoes, peppers and beets (red veggies) contain lycopene, which acts as a natural sunblock, protecting the skin from photo-aging. Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries scavenge free radicals, while increasing collagen levels.
In addition to the value of vegetables, soy blocks enzymes, like MMP's, that cause skin aging. Fish, particularly tuna and salmon, are full of omega-3 fatty acids, creating stronger skin cell structure for support. White tea is purported to protect the structural proteins of the skin. It is believed to prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen, contributing to lines and wrinkles.