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Foods for Glowing Skin

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The individual parts of the body are all interconnected, tied together with countless cells that are all relying on you to feed them well so they can be their best. Your face is not you alone, neither is your foot or your kidney. The heart is not the only part requiring attention when blood pressure starts climbing. It shouldn’t surprise you that the same things you should do to improve heart health, control weight, and lower your risk for developing diseases are the same things you should do for better skin.

Lifestyle habits like smoking and tanning, and genetics can certainly influence and predispose your skin to pesky conditions, but that doesn't mean the quest for a glowing complexion is a lost cause. Why shell out your hard-earned cash on serums and fancy lotions when you can keep your skin looking healthy, resilient, and radiant by just eating these foods?

While it's true these cleansers and lotions offer a topical fix, a beauty band-aid, if you know what I mean, gorgeous, hydrated skin starts from within. And that all depends on what's on your plate. While there are plenty of cosmetics that dub themselves as "skin food," the truth is that the key to maintaining a healthy complexion doesn't come from a bottle. That's because researchers have found that fitting certain foods into your daily routine can help fight back against your complexion woes by turning off inflammatory genes and providing your body with the proper tools to strengthen and build healthy tissues.

So, whether you need to treat acne, ward off premature aging, reduce the appearance wrinkles or fight back against another pesky skin condition, the right diet can be a valuable aid. Eat these foods to nourish your skin and get that healthy glow you're after, and then also discover the best and worst foods for your hair to keep the beauty ball rolling!

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables gives a healthier, more attractive, and more radiant glow than you would get from sun exposure. But it was those who consumed more portions of red and orange vegetables per day who had the greatest sun-kissed complexion—the result of disease-fighting compounds called carotenoids that give those plants their colors.

Sweet Potatoes

These orange tubers are packed with carotenoids and vitamin C which boost collagen production. Collagen controls the strength, firmness, and flexibility of the skin. Few foods are as rich in the beauty stuff than a baked sweet potato. In fact, just half a medium potato provides 200 percent of your daily recommended intake.

Carrot

No magic here, just plenty of beta-carotene and vitamin A, an antioxidant which prevents overproduction of cells in the skin's outer layer. Think of carrots as your very own wonder wands, good for the eyes and good for clearing up breakouts. That means fewer flaky dead cells that otherwise could combine with sebum to clog your pores. Plus, vitamin A plays an essential role in reducing the development of skin-cancer cells. It's a win-win.

Cooked Tomatoes

A study in the British Journal of Dermatology found participants who ate five tablespoons of tomato paste daily showed 33% more protection against sunburn than a control group. Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, helps boosts collagen strength. Collagen is a protein that fights off the oxidizing effect of UV rays by eliminating skin-aging free radicals and gives skin its taut, youthful structure. Why tomato paste? It's because cooking tomatoes ups their lycopene levels, so tomato sauce, gazpacho, and even ketchup pack on the protection.

Spinach

Spinach is rich in folate, a B vitamin that aids in the repair of DNA and may reduce the risk of skin cancer. Greens like spinach, kale, turnip greens, dandelion leaves, broccoli, and asparagus all are rich in vitamin A, iron, and vitamin K. Iron aids circulation by carrying vital oxygen while vitamin K may help prevent varicose veins.

Coconut Oil

Another oil that is great for skin both internally and externally. It provides some sun protection, fights bacteria, and helps soften skin.

Olive and Safflower Oils

The omega 6 fatty acids in these oils keep skin supple. Use them in moderation though as they are also calorie-dense.

Sunflower Seeds

 

These seeds are rich in selenium which preserves elastin to keep skin smooth and tight. Selenium acts as an antioxidant too. Sunflower seeds also contain vitamin E which works well with selenium to enhance the effects of both.