Monday, June 13, 2011

You Are What You Eat

Want truly fabulous skin? Young, glowing, smooth skin? Well, make sure you're putting foods for healthy skin on your plate. It's no secret. Everything you eat shows up on your skin. So, the healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look.

The reverse is true as well. The less attention you pay to what goes in our mouth, the more problems you may see cropping up with our skin. A pimple here. A dry patch there. In no time, you could have breakout, dry skin, older-looking skin or a noticeable dull complexion. It's not going to happen overnight, but treat your body bad long enough, and it's going to show on your face.

Here are six things you can add daily to your diet to keep young, healthy, beautiful skin.

Eating more vitamin C-rich foods, such as strawberries, blackberries and blueberries may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness. Vitamin C's skin-smoothing effects may be due to its ability to mop up free radicals produced from ultraviolet rays and also its role in collagen synthesis. (Vitamin C is essential for collagen production.)

Tomatoes get their red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that may help to keep your skin smooth. Boost your lycopene intake with fresh summer produce like tomatoes, watermelon and carrots.

Green Tea. You can't beat the effects that green tea has on your skin.
It's anti-inflammatory and it protects the cell membrane which is beneficial to the skin overall. It may even help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer. It has also been proven to reduce the risk of damage from ultraviolet light (such as the burning rays of the sun), and thus reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Tofu and other soyfoods, such as edamame and soymilk, may help to preserve skin-firming collagen because they are rich in isoflavones.

Water. While the exact amount you should drink each day varies, no one can deny the fact that hydration plays in keeping skin looking healthy and even young. Water helps to keep the body's cells hydrated, as well as help cells move nutrients in and toxins out, automatically leaving the skin looking better.

Eating tuna — and other omega-3-rich fish, such as salmon, sardines and trout — may help keep your skin looking youthful thanks to the omega-3 fat EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). EPA has been shown to preserve collagen.

Happy and healthy eating, ladies.

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