Does What We Eat and Drink Age Skin Prematurely?

Clare McLoughlin
By Clare McLoughlin

Clare McLoughlin is an Independent Nurse Prescriber and advanced procedure aesthetic nurse and trainer with more than 16 years’ experience.

In the second of our blogs looking at the question, “Are wrinkles inevitable?”, I am going to look at how food and drink can help or hinder our skin quality.

Click here to read our blog on how the sun affects our skin.

We are all familiar with the saying, You are what you eat.” This is especially true when it comes to how well your skin ages.

A recent Dutch study of more than 2,700 participants found that dietary habits are associated with facial wrinkling, especially in women.

According to the study, women whose diets include a high amount of red meat and unhealthy snacks tend to have more facial wrinkles than women who include more fruit in their diet.

When you think about it, It makes a lot of sense that what we eat and drink will influence what’s on the outside.

We know certain vitamins support the structure of the skin and, equally, that hydration is key to maintaining a plump and healthy face.

So first, let’s look at what to avoid:

Certain foods can cause inflammation in your body, which may accelerate wrinkle formation.

In particular, sugars found in foods cause a process called glycation.

This is where the sugars found in foods with a high glycaemic index bind to collagen and elastin and weakening them.

Does diet impact the skin
Diet to improve skin health

We know that alcohol is a natural diuretic- i.e. it dehydrates us, so the more you drink, the more dehydrated you become. Additionally, it puts your liver under stress, meaning it has to work hard to flush out the toxins and impurities from your body.

This can lead to rosacea outbreaks and exacerbate fine lines, acne, and wrinkles, all of which instantly make you look older.

Interestingly, the Dutch study also revealed that alcohol seems to negate the beneficial effects of an otherwise healthy diet.

Wrinkle-busting foods

Certain compounds and vitamins have a positive impact on our skin:

Omega 3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acids (ALA) are great for helping to maintain your skin’s soft and supple look, so stock up on the following:

  • Flaxseeds
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Avocados (did you know that Victoria Beckham eats 3 or 4 a day!)
  • Salmon
  • Olive oil

Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin C and Beta Carotene are all critical in the body’s production of collagen, the skin’s scaffolding.

  • Red peppers
  • Carrots
  • Pomegranates
  • Leafy greens
  • Broccoli – just 100g contains 100% of the daily recommended Vit C


Studies show that insufficient amounts of protein in your diet can cause tears, wrinkles and cracks in the skin.

  • Eggs
  • Lean beef
  • Poultry
  • Beans

Drinking to improve skin quality

One of the most important things you can do for your skin is to drink plenty of water.

Your body needs water for almost every function it does and therefore is essential to good health.

Besides vital functions like flushing toxins from your body, aiding with digestion, and regulating your body temperature, water can also help keep your skin healthy and hydrated from the inside.

Drinks to improve skin health

You don’t just need to drink the water of course.

Here are a few other suggestions that can have a positive impact on your skin:

Soya Milk: Soya milk contains isoflavones which help to protect collagen. The minerals in soya can also reduce the darkening and discolouration of the skin.

Green Tea: Green tea is packed with antioxidants called catechins and polyphenols, which help protect the skin from UV radiation and decrease the chances of sunburn. And like other antioxidants, they help decrease redness and inflammation.

Pomegranate Juice: Why not try Pomegranate Juice, which contains a huge amount of antioxidants and polyphenols—over twice as much as green tea—and is fantastic for supporting fibroblasts in the skin, which are the collagen-making factories. More collagen equals fewer wrinkles and fine lines. What’s not to like!

Still feel you need a little extra help with those fine lines and wrinkles?

I like to offer a wide range of products and treatments to counteract the signs of aging - whatever the cause. Two of our most popular anti-aging treatments are Profhilo® and Viscoderm Hydrobooster.

What is Profhilo®?
See below before and after pictures from a Profhilo treatment, showing how substantially the face can be helped after just 2 treatments:

Profhilo Before and After

Profhilo is made from ultrapure Hyaluronic Acid. It is an injectable treatment that specifically targets a 2cm radius of the injection site, with the product being gradually absorbed into this specific area.

As a result, if the face is being treated, there are just 5 injection points on each side of the face to ensure optimal distribution and absorption of the slow-release Hyaluronic Acid formula.

Once the absorption process has started, Profhilo stimulates the production of 4 different types of collagen and elastin. It is this stimulation that results in significant improvement of tissue quality and skin tone, as well as improved overall texture, hydration and radiance. Profhilo also helps to increase the firmness and elasticity of the skin in the treatment area.

What is Viscoderm Hydrobooster?
Below are some before and after pictures from a Viscoderm treatment showing the amazing transformation of the forehead, just 3 months after the 2nd treatment:

Viscoderm Before and After

Viscoderm Hydrobooster is not a filler, but an injectable Hyaluronic Acid product that has been expertly formulated to not only improve skin’s elasticity and radiance but also to help smooth superficial fine lines and wrinkles caused by dynamic facial expression.

Viscoderm Hydrobooster has a dual-action. It provides deep hydration and bio-stimulation to improve elasticity, radiance and smoothness.

It also has a unique stretching effect to reduce superficial wrinkles. Effectively, it works from the inside out, helping to restore the support structures of the skin tissue.

If you want to read more, the experts at Consulting Room really know what they're talking about and have put together some lines and wrinkles, rosacea, acne, Profhilo®, and Viscoderm Hydrobooster FAQs just for you. 

If you have more questions, you can use the lines and wrinkles, rosacea, acne, Profhilo®, and Viscoderm Hydrobooster questions feature to talk to our panel of trained medical experts. 

If you're keen to get started with any of these treatments right away then you're in luck - those clever folks also have a list of trusted, accredited lines and wrinkles, rosacea, acne, Profhilo®, and Viscoderm Hydrobooster in your area.

Many thanks to the author of this blog Clare McLoughlin who founded Appearance Based Medicine in 2004, driven by a desire to provide advanced facial rejuvenation solutions and aesthetic treatments to patients in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas. 

People choose Appearance Based Medicine because of the top-quality and personable service that they receive, and always leave the clinic with a welcome boost to both their inner confidence and outer radiance. 

Call Clare McLoughlin now on 01628 303 020 or visit

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