*When your serums are running scarily low, Botox is but a distant memory, and the closest thing to a glam team is your quarantine crew (whether that's your 4 year old daughter or your 64 year old father in law,) we're starting to think about other anti-aging techniques!
WHAT'S MY AGE AGAIN?
My face can't show emotion for another 30 minutes.
Joan Rivers famously said, "Looking 50 is great...if you're 60." Well, we've got news. Joan Rivers wasn't living through a Pandemic, social distancing from her dermatologist. While anti-aging serums with lofty promises, and line-eliminating-botox treatments, have become the new norm, as our shelter-in-place mandates continue, our true colors are not so slowly but surely being revealed. Our un-manicured fingers look like little individual penises, our roots look like the stripes of a bumble bee, and in the span of a month, we've gone from looking 26 to 96, just like that.
Younger looking skin is in your fridge?
Quarantine glam, or lack there of, has us wondering about the validity of other anti-aging agents, like food. That's right. Nutricosmetics is an emerging area in dermatology, referring to the use of nutrition and nutritional supplements for skin health and anti-aging. Advocates, including some scientists and aestheticians, believe that you can appear younger and reverse the signs of aging through the foods you eat. Score: Nutrition- 1, Oreos- 0.
Wrinkled, wrinkled little star.
Take wrinkles, for example, which form when your skin breaks down. According to believers in anti-aging through nutrition, these lines can be restored by directly increasing the exogenous collagen levels you consume. Umm, exogenous collagen was not on my grocery list?! Actually, think again!
The beauty grocery guide.
Bone broth, is one of the most collagen-rich foods you can consume. Other foods with anti-aging properties include omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and walnuts. If your skin were a slightly deflated ball, imagine the omega-3 fatty acids helping to re-inflate the air in the ball, or in this case, fill out the lines in your skin. Adding beets or spinach to your shopping list can help to improve your skin's visible hydration. Why? Both of these foods contain phytoceramides, which mimic the naturally occurring ceramides in our skin that are helpful to avoid dry, cracking, aged skin. For more anti-aging foods, check out this list from Mindbodygreen, here.
Do I look younger yet?
So if our diets can apparently have such powerful anti-aging properties, why is it that a regular botox appointment is more normal than a regular bone-broth? Do these foods really work?! "There is research that suggests that a healthy diet with specific nutrients can help reduce the signs of aging," researcher and dermatologist, Dr. Patricia Farris suggests. In other words, you don't have to see a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or drain your bank account at the beauty counter to achieve youthful-looking skin. Your definition of "youthful-looking," however, will determine just how effective you deem these foods to be as a total replacement. The good news? It seems that a well balanced, nutrient-dense diet can make skin appear more firm, hydrated, plump, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The reason so many people are still rushing for botox despite that? It takes a commitment to consistency.
Eats a beet and runs to the mirror.
The beauty industry thrives off of quick fixes with immediate results. But without a botox needle or filler injection in sight, perhaps it's time we give Nutricosmetics the old (I want to look like I'm in) college try!