Firm Skin, Fast
Is there a face-lift in your fridge?
"What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your body," says Nicholas Perricone, M.D., a Connecticut-based dermatologist and author of The Wrinkle Cure (Rodale/Reach). Perricone says these diet recommendations, combined with limiting sun exposure and using topical firming creams, may help sagging skin. Perricone's top food picks are low in sugar, which can cause swelling and skin laxity, and high in protein and antioxidants. What's on a typical menu? Salmon: It's high in protein and DMAE, a nutrient that improves skin elasticity. Green salad provides protective antioxidants. So does olive oil, which helps the body accept essential fatty acids to decrease inflammation. Lemon juice contains vitamin C to help ease swelling. Berries and fruits are also rich in antioxidants and satisfy your sweet tooth.Spot Firmers
Eyes. Tighten and tone with N.V. Perricone, M.D. Cosmeceutical Alpha Lipoic Acid Eye Area Therapy with NTP Complex ($40; to order, 888-823-7837).
Lips. Clarins Extra-Firming Age-Control Lip & Contour Care ($29.50) contains plant extracts.
Neck. Shiseido Benefiance Neck Firming Cream ($42) helps skin retain moisture and look taut.
Body. Slather on Nivea body Skin Firming Lotion with Q10 ($6.99) where needed.
Product photos by Marc Berenson.
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