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The Healthy Skin Diet

Jessica Fons, M.S., R.D., L.D

Putting your best face forward may be about more than just great skin care products! Your diet can have a major impact on the way your skin looks. Most experts will say that an overall balanced diet can improve your skin's appearance, but there are some foods in particular I can also recommend that are superior for your skin!

Carrots, apples, mangoes & apricots.
When you think red or yellow in color, think carotenoids! This pigment is typically found in red to yellow fresh fruits and vegetables. When eaten, the carotenoid pigment is stored in fat cells near the surface of your skin, giving your skin a glowing, rosy color. So the next time you feel a little pale or washed out, have some carrots!

Salmon, walnuts & flaxseed.
These foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can nearly erase fine wrinkles and spots. Fatty acids are believed to attract water which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your skin. Omega-3s are also known to increase skin strength and elasticity to protect your skin from damage.

Strawberries, blackberries & blueberries.
A diet rich in fresh fruit is good for many reasons but berries are particularly high in antioxidants. These antioxidants can fight off free radicals that cause premature aging. So eat an extra serving of berries to fight off wrinkles and keep your skin looking younger!

Watermelon, lettuce & celery.
Hydration is particularly important for young, healthy looking skin. These foods are particularly high in water content and have the added benefit of vitamins and nutrients to help prevent you from having dry, dull skin.

You should avoid foods like enriched bread, sweets & high calorie sodas to protect your skin. Foods like these are high in refined sugars, which can increase the level of cortisol, better known as the "stress hormone," in your body. High levels of cortisol can increase your risk of pesky breakouts and acne.

So the next time you're looking to improve your skin, skip the beauty aisle and start from the inside out! Take a trip to the grocery store for your skin care needs!

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