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7 Everyday Foods that Can Prevent Wrinkles

By Jan Bolder - May 5, 2014

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While some seniors don't mind wrinkles, looking at them as way to mark their experiences and age naturally, other seniors just won't have any of that. They're interested in smooth, youthful faces that belie their age, and want to keep that appearance for as long as possible. Some seniors also don't want to turn to plastic surgery or Botox, and prefer to reduce wrinkles the natural way: through food. It's an easy and natural way to do it, and here are the best foods to stock up on.

Blueberries

Blueberries contain antioxidants, as well as acting as a sort of "key" so other foods can have the same effect. But antioxidants, whether they come from blueberries or other foods, are key in fighting free radicals, those pesky things that cause your skin to become susceptible to the environment. Snack on a couple of handfuls of blueberries a day, and let them do the dirty work for you.

Tomatoes

Expand this fruit/vegetable into your everyday meals instead of relegating it to solely salad duty, and notice a difference in how your skin looks and feels. The two biggest skin-helping ingredients are Vitamin C, which helps boost the production of collagen, and lycopene, which performs double duty as a barrier between you and UV radiation and helps blood flow better.

Kale

This leafy green is better than other salad greens because of how much lutein, iron and Vitamin A it contains. The former is an antioxidant and the first two are crucial for oxygen transport, while the third goes hand-in-hand with anti-aging. Kale can be a little dry on is own, so once you've cut it up into bite-sized pieces, toss it with olive oil to soften it up, and then use in a salad.

Fish

Choose fish that's high in Omega-3 fatty acids to maximize the effect on your skin, but really, you can't go wrong with eating fish. It's just such a good, smart choice that comparing the benefits (i.e. between fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and fish that isn't as high) is like having one glass of milk or two: the nutrients are there, and it's just with some you get more than with others.

Almonds

Those two magic terms, omegas and Vitamin E, pop up again with almonds, as they're one of the best nuts you can pick to fight wrinkles. Walnuts are also good in terms of containing omegas (they contain the most), but whichever ones you picked, opt for raw and unsalted. Just make sure you don't go overboard with nuts, as they do contain fat.

Avocados

They can be sliced up and put on top of salads, mashed up to make guacamole, used as a spread, or put on a burger. As long as you get the pit out, there's no limit as to how many ways you can eat it. Avocados' fats are good for your skin, but it's glutathione that takes home the blue ribbon prize for anti-aging effects.

Oysters

If you ever needed an excuse to indulge in fine dining, here it is: oysters are high in zinc, which, just like Vitamin C, helps your body keep up the production of collagen. And just like blueberries, oysters contain antioxidants, which contribute to making your skin and hair look years younger than it actually is.

On your next shopping trip, stock up on these seven foods that have a noticeable effect on your skin. They're easy to find and even easier to prepare, and each one has its own little way of smoothing out lines and wrinkles so you can look as good as you feel.