After seeing pictures of Lindsay Lohan when she was sentenced to 90 days in jail plus rehab this past July, many people raised an eyebrow at her appearance. At just 24, she looked swollen, sallow, exhausted-older. Granted, the woman has had a hard couple of years. But even those without addictions and ankle bracelets are at risk too. Many of us are so busy obsessing over little lines that we ignore other signs of aging that can be prevented or repaired with a few easy adjustments. So what could be wreaking havoc on your face? Here's what to watch out for, along with no-brainer ways to turn back the clock.
If youâ€™re already religious about face cream (yay, you!) but still suffer from parched skin, your diet could be to blame. Overloading on carbohydrates and sweets can add years to skinâ€™s appearance. â€œExcess sugar binds to proteins, which results in damage to elastin and collagen,â€ says Dr. Levine. â€œThat makes your skin dry, brittle and less springy.â€ So instead of that third cupcakeâ€"weâ€™re channeling your mother hereâ€"munch on skin-protecting antioxidants like those found in green tea, berries, and dark-colored vegetables such as kale, beets and broccoli.