Foods Essential to Healthy Skin

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Get Glowing with Chocolate

Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple, Dr. Bank says. Dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity.

Prevent Wrinkles with Yogurt

The protein you get from eating dairy helps skin become firmer, so it’s more resistant to lines. Greek yogurt is especially beneficial. Eat a single serving daily to make your complexion smoother.

Protect with Pomegranates

They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants. Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick.

Soften Skin with Walnuts

Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity.  The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snack on a handful of walnuts each day to improve your complexion’s texture.

Fight Crow’s-Feet with Peppers

Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes.  Also, studies found that carotenoids — the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies — can decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Aim for about two cups of peppers daily.

Brighten Up with Sunflower Seeds

Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily. A high essential-fatty-acid content makes sunflower seed oil a treat for parched body parts, such as lips and heels, when topically applied.

Zap Zits with Kidney Beans

They’re high in zinc, and studies indicate a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels. That may be because of zinc’s healing properties. Have a four-ounce serving of kidney beans to help you stay in the clear. In addition, studies show topical zinc to be as effective against acne as antibiotics are. 

 

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