Forget all those expensive cosmetics and load up on cottage cheese, cabbage and seafood, says Dr. Jessica Wu, a dermatologist.
Cosmetics companies tap into our insecurities about getting older, encouraging the fear that we’ll turn into wrinkled prunes without the latest (and often very expensive) miracle cream.
While eating for younger, smoother skin won’t lift a sagging neck or tighten loose jowls (well, shucks), feeding your body the right components will help it build strong collagen (for thicker skin) and healthy elastic tissue (to keep skin more resilient).
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. I’m off to kill a bison and stuff a cabbage!