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    Dry Skin and Wrinkles
    Susan Evans, MD posted:
    Dear Readers,

    I'm asked quite frequently:

    "Does dry skin cause wrinkles?"

    No. Dry skin does not cause wrinkles. However, dry skin can make your wrinkles much more obvious, making it look as if you are older than you are.

    One of the best ways to prevent your wrinkles from looking so pronounced is to drink plenty of water and eat foods that have a high water content and good, healthy fats. This will keep your skin hydrated and minimize the appearance of your wrinkles.

    There are certainly cosmetic products that contain ingredients that temporarily puff up your skin, reducing the appearance of your wrinkles, but this is only a temporary fix.

    Your diet is still the best place to start when it comes to improving the appearance of your skin. As we age, our skin naturally dries. For women, this is due to the decreasing levels of estrogen. This hormone prevents our skin from aging by increasing the moisture content of our skin and by maintaining the thickness of the skin.

    With lower levels of estrogen, our skin does thin and its ability to hold moisture diminishes. By eating foods with Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, you will be less likely to wrinkle as you age.

    Here is a list of wonderful foods that fight both dry skin and wrinkles:

    • avocado
    • borage oil
    • grape seed oil
    • olive oil
    • kelp
    • lentils
    • pumpkin
    • zucchini
    • watermelon
    • tea (herbal)
    In addition to this, try to drink 6 - 8 glasses of water each day to make sure you are adequately hydrated. Aging brings with it some challenges, but by battling it naturally, we will look younger much longer.
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