Skin Firmness Red bell peppers also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that help your skin maintain its youthful appearance. In 2003, the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reported that lutein and zeaxanthin, when present in the skin before exposure to UVB radiation, protect it from inflammation and damage. Such inflammation and damage are known to lead to the formation of wrinkles.
Lutein also increases skin elasticity, which plays a vital role in wrinkle prevention. Continual bending of the skin, such as when you frown, weakens skin and can result in the formation of wrinkles. By increasing the skin’s elasticity, lutein can help it bounce back and reduce the risk of wrinkle formation. Some research also suggests that lycopene can tighten junctions between cells as well. As such, lycopene also may be able to increase skin firmness, further aiding in the battle against wrinkles.
A Wrinkle Cure with a Crisp
Taste Known for their crispy, refreshing taste, bell peppers are also a great source of water, which helps hydrate your skin cells and ensure that they work properly. Dehydrated skin cells are less able to repair damage to skin. Moreover, water is essential to keeping your skin looking firm, moist, and healthy. Fight wrinkles with these crispy peppers.
Chop them into small pieces and add them to salads, nachos, pizzas, pasta sauce, or chili. Slice them into snacksized treats and include them in your veggie-trays. An essential ingredient in Ratatouille (p. 270), bell peppers also show up in our Black Bean and Spinach Soup (p. 222). They are a colorful addition to any meal and a delightful, delicious way to fight wrinkles.