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3 Day Facelift Diet

By Jennifer Carey ; Updated July 18, 2017

The 3-Day Facelift Diet is a modified version of the diet plan created by Dr. Nicholas Perricone and featured in his first book, "The Wrinkle Cure." Perricone is a dermatologist who has authored numerous books and has a line of skin care products. All of Perricone’s diet plans are based around foods that fight inflammation. While he recommends making these foods a lifetime commitment, he also created the 3-Day Facelift Diet for immediate results. Consult your physician before starting a new diet.

Salmon is a Facelift Diet Staple

The 3-Day Facelift Diet focuses on eliminating inflammation and firming the skin via foods that contain antioxidants and the nutrient dimethylaminoethanol, or DMAE. Perricone believes that wild Alaskan salmon is an excellent source of DMAE and and should be eaten twice a day. Salmon is widely recognized for its omega-3 fatty acids, which have skin-firming properties.

Low Glycemic Foods

The 3-Day Facelift Diet does not eliminate or reduce carbohydrate consumption. Perricone recommends eating carbohydrates, but only those that are fresh, natural, unprocessed and low in sugar, for example, cooked oatmeal. He believes that sugar contributes to inflammation, which in turn causes skin to age.


Perricone’s plan is not about restricting calories. It is about eating sensibly for three days and only consuming healthy, anti-inflammatory foods, such as brightly colored fruits and vegetables. These foods are recognized for their antioxidant properties and abilities to fight free radicals, which cause wrinkles. Snacking is allowed on the diet, and includes options such as plain yogurt, walnuts or almonds, apples, pears and small servings of chicken or turkey.

Shopping for the Facelift Diet

Perricone provides a detailed shopping list on his website for his 3-Day Facelift Diet. In addition to salmon, he emphasizes other protein sources, including lean, low-sodium poultry, eggs and kefir. Berries, cantaloupes and other fruits are included, as are green, leafy vegetables, particularly romaine lettuce. Fats come from olive oil and nuts. Water is the recommended beverage to keep skin hydrated.

Diet Plan Design

The 3-Day Facelift Diet was designed as a short plan to help firm the skin and decrease inflammation. The diet is strict, but it promises results by eating only healthy, natural foods, and without relying on drugs, pills or starvation. It can be used on its own or as a precursor to Perricone’s 28-day plan, or, ideally, a lifestyle change for firmer skin and healthy eating.

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