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Foods That Help Make Your Skin Glow

A well-balanced nutrition can do wonders for your skin. For more naturally radiant and glowing skin, eat these foods that are known to help make your skin glow.

“You are what you eat.”

When nutritionist Victor Lindlahr coined the phrase in 1940, he wasn’t really talking about your skin - but he might as well have been.

That’s because your diet is an important part of natural skin care that can lead to glowing skin. Experts consider diet to play a role in combatting skin problems such as acne, as well as potentially helping to fight wrinkles and lines.

By thinking about the food you are eating, you can pick meals that are nutritious for your skin as well as the rest of your body.

Here are some foods you can incorporate into your diet for better skin:

Vitamin A is one of the most important components of skin health. It can be used for skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, and can be applied to the skin to help reduce wrinkles. Low fat yogurt and dairy products are a great source.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are crucial to your skin’s function. They are thought to boost the health of the cell membrane, making it easier for nutrients to get in, and waste to get out of skin cells. You’ll find them in foods like salmon, walnuts or flax seeds.

Anti-Oxidants work to combat the damage done to your skin by free radicals: molecules that can damage skin cell membranes. That’s why foods with anti-oxidants can help. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums are all high in antioxidants.

Vitamin E is another important antioxidant. To boost your Vitamin E intake, try snacking on toasted almonds or sunflower seeds.

Vitamin C can not only help you absorb iron from plant-based foods, it can also help fight wrinkles. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found higher vitamin c intakes were associated with a lower likelihood of wrinkled skin.

To boost your levels, look for foods that are high in Vitamin C like bell peppers or guavas.

By balancing your nutrition with your daily skin regimen, you can keep your skin glowing and looking healthy.

Of course your diet alone won’t get you glowing skin. It needs to be part of a broader-based skin care routine.

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