First, we have to talk about prevention. We can protect skin from ultraviolet light externally by using a sunblock. But you can do things like not smoking. Smoking damages the elastin that helps keep facial skin flexible.
Sleep is important in making sure skin gets proper rest to heal itself. Skin cells turn over at a rapid rate, and they need time to replenish and rebuild.
As for foods or nutrients that reverse aging, vitamin A is certainly one of those, and it comes from a variety of sources. Carrots, apricots, nectarines, sweet potatoes, egg yolks, [and] even some green things like spinach and broccoli. Collards are a great source of vitamin A.
Vitamin D -- your skin converts sun into vitamin D, but a lot of people have this sun phobia. You can get vitamin D from fortified foods like orange juice and milk. Research is showing that the lowly mushroom is also packed with vitamin D.
Vitamin C is critical for wound repair -- for any type of tissue maintenance -- and that applies to your skin. Tomatoes, citrus, kiwi -- they're all great sources.
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