Question: Does diet really impact aging?
"My rule is if it's bad for your waist, it's bad for your face," Marino said. "Inflammation is the skin's worst enemy, and diet can be directly linked to inflammation in the body, which creates flare-ups on the skin."
Dairy, saturated fats, and sugar are known irritants to the gut and directly impact the aging process, specifically refined sugars like those found in processed foods and sweets.
"Once sugar enters the bloodstream, it creates a byproduct called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which break down proteins in the body, specifically collagen and elastin. Once collagen and elastin are depleted in the skin, you begin to see the breakdown of skin integrity resulting in skin laxity and deep wrinkles at rest," Marino explained. "I recommend my clients to subscribe to an anti-inflammatory diet to keep acne, rosacea, and wrinkles off the radar."
Opt for a colorful diet full of fruits and vegetables in order to power your body and skin with vitamins and antioxidants that will protect it.