Perricone 3-Day Diet: Get a Face Lift…in Your Kitchen?

A healthy, anti-inflammatory diet aids in the elimination of puffiness and increases contours and firmness. Dr.Perricone recommends getting some immediate benefits by following an antioxidant-rich diet for 3 days. The foundation of this diet is salmon, eaten twice a day. Wild Alaskan Salmon is beneficial to skin because it contains DMAE, astaxanthin, and essential fatty acids that increase skin’s radiance, glow, and firmness.

Read on to learn about the benefits of these components and for a menu of this breakthrough, wrinkle-free diet:


DMAE is an anti-inflammatory nutritional substance and is also important in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is essential to communication between nerves and muscles. For muscles to contract, acetylcholine must send the message from the nerves. Because of this, DMAE combats sagging that is associated with aging.


Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant found in marine plants, algae, and seafood. It protects cell membrane components from oxidative stress and inflammation, thereby diminishing wrinkles and providing a wealth of other benefits.

Fatty acids

Fatty acids help the body absorb nutrients from fruits and vegetables and keep cells supple. They improve memory and mood and keep skin glowing and wrinkle-free.

Example Menu

3 egg omelet and/or 4-6 oz. grilled salmon.
½ cup cooked oatmeal (not instant)
2” wedge of cantaloupe or 1/3 cup fresh berries
8 – 12 oz. spring water

4-6 oz. grilled salmon.
2 cups green salad (Romaine lettuce or other dark leafy greens with extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon)
1 kiwi fruit or cantaloupe and berries
8 – 12 oz. spring water

1 apple
2 oz. slice of turkey breast or 6 oz. plain yogurt
Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

4-6 oz. grilled salmon
2 cups green salad
½ cup steamed veggies. (Asparagus, broccoli, spinach, etc. No root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, or beets.)
Cantaloupe and berries
8 – 12 oz. spring water

Before Bedtime Snack
1 pear or apple
2 oz. slice chicken or turkey breast or 6 oz. plain yogurt
Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

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  1. Looking forward to seeing the results! If I eat this every day will I be wrinkle free forever? : )

  2. [...] will lose weight as well! A trick-of-the-trade that Caldwell swears by and even uses it herself is Dr. Perricone’s 3-Day Face-lift Diet. This is in no way a one-time quick fix, but it is an excellent tip to do a week before your [...]

  3. I am 49 and for the first time ever, I feel like I’m getting old. I have just recently started putting on a few extra pounds. I am anxious to start the diet to see if it really does make a difference.

  4. Everything about this diet regimen makes sense and I am giving it a real go of it.

  5. [...] all out, you can even try what Dr. Perricone calls an at home ‘face-lift’ by following Dr. Perricone’s 3 Day Skincare Diet  Or simply begin incorporating more of these skin-loving foods into your [...]

  6. Hi! My name is Jeannie i am a 42 year old with 2 adult children ages 22 and 24. Everywhere i go with them i get alot of attention especially when they call me mom ! People ask me all the time if they are my children its amazing! I love the results of Dr.Perricone’s 3 day diet , i am also a true believer and user of his products . I would love to be Dr.Perricone,s tester.

  7. been using products for about 6 months including supplements, cold plasma, evening repair, daily moisturizer…feel great within and out..

  8. I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis 4 years ago and have been on many diffent medss. I finally quit taking then in May since they lowered my immune system so bad that I was sick for months. I would like to try the Perricone diet tester.thanks. MVY

  9. I’d LOVE to become a Perricone tester. The three day diet is great! I’m 38 so when people tell me how great my skin looks, it makes me very happy. This diet is not only easy to follow but affordable. Being a tester would be great for those less affordable options.

  10. I bought your Perricone prescription when it first came out. I have it on audio too. I absolutely LOVE the 3 day diet and use it all the time. Getting ready to do it again and found your site. I have used some of your products and liked them however due to job/ money difficulties have not been able to purchase recently. Food does wonders for health and looks! Keep up the good work Doctor!!

  11. I am a Holistic Health Coach and I’m always looking for strategies for my clients. I try most of them myself before recommending to my clients. the Perricone 3 day facelift worked really well, I saw an improvement in firmness, tone and feel and it was very easy to follow! Thumbs up!

  12. I am a 45 year old with just about every skin problem going! Acne scars, combination skin, redness and the occasional breakout (STILL!! I thought the spots would be gone by the time I hit my 40′s!!!)as well ageing; fine to deep wrinkles . . . I have had enough and am going to try the 3 day diet. I am a nurse in England and we don’t get paid a lot-it would be great to be able to try and test your products. I have read and researched them (Leslie Kenton is a fan)but they are out of my range at the moment. Regardless I will try the diet and see for myself. Thank you x

  13. I’m a 34 year old mother of three and I work 12 hour shifts. I would love to see how this work with a shift worker as myself. I barely get sleep, rarely time to eat and I would love to be tested so I can spread the news to the rest of my shift workers.

  14. I am looking forward to try this diet

  15. I’m going to be brutally honest here.
    This is the 3rd day of the diet and I’ve had to stop. I have no energy, I feel like a zombie, there is no change to my skin. In fact it looks worse and my eyes look like saucers.

    I followed this diet to the letter and got sick of the salty dry taste in my mouth from the salmon. No amount of water would make me feel hydrated. The diet was bland and I really couldn’t stomach a omelette, salmon, oats and fruit every morning. The one good thing is I’ve realised how to improve my own diet, but this diet just isn’t for me.

  16. Love this 3 diet…tried it once and a coworker who hadn’t seen me in 2 weeks came in on the day i finished it. she stopped mid-sentence to tell me how thin my face looked. very noticeable changes. ready to try it again because I’m looking old, tired and puffy.

  17. I love your products and your skin diet! My skin was dull and I was always congested. I use your products and follow your diet now. Not only do I look great, i feel great! Thank you.

  18. I have recently done the Dukan diet and lost 25 lbs. I can see how this diet would leave the body feeling more toned as salmon is an excellent lean protein. I am now following an anti inflammatory diet with high protein. I look forward to following this diet before an event.

  19. WHich diet is better? This one or the one where Dr. Perricone has egg whites and blueberries and coconut oil in a smoothie for 2 meals a day? WHAt about the new coconut milks(not sweetened) CAn they replace the coconut oil in the smoothies?

  20. I absolutely loved the results of the 3 day diet. The results are awesome to say the least! Plus I really enjoyed the food. I was ready to have my Greek yogurt added back into my diet after finishing up but WOW the results are extraordinary for sure!! Everyone who saw me after I did it said how beautiful my skin looked and how great I looked. I think it’s a diet that I would like to do every month. Definitely try it, you will NOT be sorry….. guaranteed!!!!

  21. Hello, Im 37yrs old. I have a lot of health problems.My Dr. said I was just delt a bad hand by genetics My blood pressure is 189 over 127,I have raynauds, a under active thyroid,on top of all this I live in constant pain due to arthritis & herniated disks In my spine. I would appereciate being a tester for Perricone,as well as example for others like me.

  22. 2 years ago before my daughter’s wedding I tried the 3 day Perricone diet with the most amazing results.Both the bride and I had an unbelievable glow.I also used the facial products which is the MOST amazing products ever.
    Unfortunately due to the financial crisis I stopped using the products.
    `i am planning to do the 3 day diet within a weeks time .`i will share the results with the international world.

    I adore your philosophy!!!!!!Dr Perricone ……… rock

  23. [...] of Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a celebrity dermatologist who tells clients to eat the Omega 3-rich fish twice a day (even for [...]

  24. HI,
    Just got back from the south of France, after seeing all those fabulous women & their skin i am determined to follow suit… Your diet was appealing because of its healing and regenerating factors… going to my annual french convention this weekend so decided to give it a try…. and see if i notice a difference… and of course to look and feel great at the french convention!!!! Im excited! & if this works i would love to be a perricone tester and in doing so share the wealth w/ my Friends here in California and abroad, Bien Sur!!! Merci Beacoup;)!

  25. [...] who tells clients to eat the Omega 3-rich fish twice a day (even for [...]

  26. To answer one of the commenters above: I live in Canada, and ester C has been available for decades in healthfood stores.


  28. Women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant should not eat more than 2 servings of salmon a week. Consuming more than this recommended amount can result in excess mercury than can have severe adverse impacts to human health – especially in the development of fetuses and young children.

  29. [...] of Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a celebrity dermatologist who tells clients to eat the Omega 3-rich fish twice a day (even for [...]

  30. Hi, I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I return to the Dr. in 6 weeks to discuss treatment plans. I am hoping changing my diet will stave off the need for meds. Help!

  31. i would love to be a tester! i’m dating someone 20 years younger and i don’t want to hit a wall and look un-pretty.
    i’m starting your diet of salmon ( I.hate. salmon.) tomorrow! thanks for your consideration! :)

  32. I am a registered nurse and would love to be a tester. I am 53 years old and have sun damage due to a scuba diving habit!!!

  33. I am the 41 year old Wife and Mom of US Marines and the stress of constant deployments has really taken a toll on my skin. I used the Metabolic Formula with the 10 day diet before my youngest son graduated earlier this year – I lost 8 pounds and my skin looked AMAZING. I also used two sample size Acyl Glutathiones I got from Sephora and I’m now looking at what other Perricone products to purchase because I have literally NEVER seen a product that gave me results like that did. I used it on the lines that are starting to develop on my neck and they were almost invisible after two weeks! I just ordered the Omega 3 supplements and the Health and Weight Managment one month program and am going to try the 3 day diet to perk up my skin before a Marine Mom’s weekend trip I am taking. I have already seen what Perricone products can do and I will purchase those products I have been able to try, but I would love to be a tester so that I can be sure a product will work for me. Thank you Dr. Perricone!

  34. Hello, I am 61 — I would certainly enjoy and be honored for the opportunity to be a Perricone Tester for your “Senior” ladies market. Thank you.

  35. I am looking forward to trying this diet………i have high choleslerol, imparied gluocse tolerance ( a step away from diabetes), this is coming at the right time……

  36. I’m 36 and have always looked much younger than my age until the last few years. I have redness in my face and am beginning to notice fine lines around my eyes – I have also battled fatigue since me early 20′s. I’m about to begin the 3 day diet to see if I notice a drastic improvement. I’d LOVE to become a Perricone tester. Thanks!

  37. The three day diet is great before any event I have to go to!

  38. I live in Louisiana, I guess I could really stop there cause it would be enough said LOL I have tried the 3 day diet and absolutely loved the results, I am a 54 year old (well in 47 days) African American female and I would love to be considered for a Perricone tester.

  39. I was reading about this 3-day diet on Spa Week Daily, and i am about to give it a try… stay tuned for results and comments!

  40. I have just completed chemotherapy, and will be starting radiation next week. it has taken a tole on my skin. maybe your product could help return my skin to health.

  41. While I’m not accustomed to consuming meals as large as this menu contains, I will follow the three-day diet as closely as I am able.
    I’m looking forward to this!

  42. i love your 3 day diet

  43. I’m 66 and have started to show age wrinkles – can they be reversed?

  44. I first saw you on Oprah and bought your book straight after. I have used your 3 day diet off and on for many years. I did not do it to loose weight but to look and feel better. The weight loss was a added bonus. People always tell me i look fantastic when i am doing it. I know its a 3 day diet but i love it so much and it tastes so great that i tend to stick to it for weeks at a time. I must admit that i do add a couple pieces of dark choc as a treat now and then!

  45. [...] Example Menu [...]

  46. I live in Canada, until buying your book awhile back I had never heard of vitamin ester c etc. I found the information in the book enlighting and would certainly like to try your products and promote them in Canada. I am 55 and I am beginning to show signs of aging. Please give this consideration

  47. I am 40 years old & my hubby is 45. We both have wrinkles on the forehead & around the eye’s from the sun (not wearing shades). My hubby also needs to lower his cholesterol & I want to feel better inside & out. I would love to be a TESTER! I hate Salmon (love all other types of fish), but hubby loves it. I was thinking of trying what someone suggested soaking it in Lemon Juice. If it makes me feel better then I will learn to love it. ;)

  48. I use this diet every time I have a special event lined up. In 2 weeks I will be going to a big family wedding. 3 days before, I will follow this diet, eating lots of salmon, sardines, cherries, melons and blueberries. I will look radiant, less puffy, younger and healthier. I did this before my class reunion and I couldnt stop staring at myself in the mirror. Lost a couple of pounds as well. Its terrific!

  49. I have tried the 3 day diet two times, and found it to be rejuvenating for my skin. The menu contains food I like to eat. The amount of food is enormous for a small person, but I stuck to the recommendations, and even lost a few pounds.

  50. I’m 62 and have deep worry wrinkles in my forehead and around my eyes. It’s time I took time to take care of me. This diet sounds good, but most of all filling. Count me in as a tester. Thanks!!