Could a snack a day keep the dermatologist away? Board certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe says that by eating certain foods, you can reduce the skin inflammation that may be causing us to look older.
"Inflammation is a major player when it comes to aging," Bowe says on the "OWN Show" web series. "Oxidative stress and free radicals can actually damage the molecules in the skin. They can damage things like protein or collagen, they can damage DNA and they can damage lipids over time as well."
While short bursts of inflammation help the body fight infection, chronic, low-levels of inflammation can wreak havoc on the skin.
To reduce inflammation, Bowe says there are a couple options. "You can actually add antioxidants topically, in the form of say a serum or a cream," she says. "Or you can add antioxidants to your diet by including multiple colored fruits and vegetables."
Also shown to reduce inflammation in the skin are probiotics, Bowe says.
"So simply eating a cup of yogurt that has the words 'live active cultures' on the label once a day can actually help to reduce inflammation in the skin over time," she says.