Berries instead of Botox, tomatoes instead of day cream, carrots instead of make-up: Many foods, if used and consumed regularly can make expensive creams and complex treatments superfluous. However: "Foods are not medications that work from one day to the next," says nutrition expert and author Hans Lauber. Instead of a short-term effect, many foods have a preventive and above all sustainable effect.
"This means that it is never too late to start, to slow down skin ageing and to ensure a radiant complexion," adds Michaela Ax-Gadermann, Professor of Health Promotion at Coburg University. She explains: "Most people know that too much alcohol, little sleep, but also greasy food damages the skin, but there are many more foods that are good for the skin."
Animal foods are wrinkle accelerators
Skin ageing has a lot to do with inflammation under the skin, and they can be best combated with the corresponding natural products. ”Meat, sausages and other animal foods are wrinkle promoters because they contain arachidonic acid, which is also produced in our bodies when we eat foods containing omega-6 fatty acids, such as margarine and sunflower oil," explains dermatologist Ax-Gadermann. The same applies to free radicals that multiply by sunlight, smoking and improper diet and attack the cells.
Free radical fighters are contained in many plant foods, and the rule is: “the darker the better”, explains Hans Lauber. A glass of elderberry juice has the protective potential of 14 glasses of red grape juice and 55 glasses of apple juice, calculates health expert Ax-Gadermann.
Pasta makes happy, tomato sauce nice
But a fresh complexion also contributes to the inner balance and satisfaction. "That's why you should never narrow or limit your diet. Balance is decisive, as always. "Of course, a portion of pasta makes you full and happy. And if you eat a lot of tomato sauce, it also makes you pretty. "