Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on June 2, 2008
Prevention. That’s the most commonly used buzzword when it comes to skincare. Washing your face with the proper soap prevents clogged pores. Using the right moisturizer prevents wrinkles. Great advice if you’re just starting out, but what about those of us who’ve already overzealously worshipped the sun or partied a bit too much during college? What then?
The most common answers to this question “a healthy diet”, “at least eight glasses of water perday” and “plenty of rest”. But can healthy eating, adequate hydration and lots of sleep undo the effects of sun damage and a few too many Marlboro lights?
“Undo” might be wishful thinking, but you can certainly slow it.
And it turns out the best anti-aging solution can be found in food. Namely tomatoes. Here’s how it works: tomatoes contain more lycopene than any other food. Lycopene is one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet. And as we know, anti-oxidants neutralize the free radicals which damage your cells and cause aging. It’s also believed they reduce the risk of several types of cancers.
Studies show that when tomatoes are cooked and crushed into sauce or paste they are four times more readily absorbed into the body than fresh tomatoes. So, while a nice Caprese is a good start, if you really want get a handle on this pesky aging malarkey — drink bloody marys, eat pizza and smother those fries in ketchup…
…Just remember: these are aging tips, not slimming suggestions.