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Food for Skin Health

Food for Skin Health
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Your skin’s health depends on more than just your skincare routine. Your daily diet largely impacts your skin’s appearance and feel. There are many amazing benefits foods can offer for your skin. Listed below are the most key ingredients for healthy, young, and refreshed skin. From water to red wine, everyone can find ways to include healthy skin-promoting foods in his or her diet.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Keep skin thick, elastic, and moisturized
Reduce inflammation, which can cause redness and acne
Make skin less sensitive to the sun’s UV rays, which can aid in preventing some skin cancers
Found in salmon, walnuts

Vitamin E
Important antioxidant to protect skin against damage from free radicals
Prevents inflammation
Found in salmon, avocados, walnuts, sunflower seeds

Vitamin C
Necessary for the skin to create collagen, which is the structural protein that keeps skin strong and firm
Protects against dry skin
Linked to a reduced risk of wrinkled and dry skin with age
Found in avocados, walnuts, red or yellow bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes

Zinc
Reduces inflammation
Aids in the production of new skin cells and overall skin health
Necessary for skin to function as a barrier
Essential for wound healing and combating bacteria
Found in salmon, walnuts, sunflower seeds

Carotenoids (Beta-Carotene, Lutein, and Lycopene)
Nutrient found in plants that functions as provitamin A, which is converted into vitamin A in your body
Keeps skin healthy by acting as a protection against the sun’s UV rays
Helps prevent sunburn, cell death and dry, wrinkled skin
May add a warm, orange color to skin
Found in oranges, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, sweet potatoes

Sulforaphane
Protects against sun damage (neutralizes harmful free radicals and initiates other protective systems in the body)
Maintains collagen levels in skin
May protect against some skin cancers
Found in broccoli

Isoflavones
Can either mimic or block estrogen in the body
Reduce fine wrinkles
Improve skin elasticity and increase collagen, keeping skin smooth and strong
Improve skin dryness
Protects skin from UV radiation
Found in soy

Cocoa Powder
High in antioxidants to create thicker, more hydrated skin
Allow skin to withstand over twice as much UV radiation before burning
Creates better blood flow
Improvements in wrinkle lines
Found in dark chocolate

Catechins
Protects your skin against sun damage and aging
Reduces redness from skin exposure by up to 25%
Improves moisture, roughness, thickness, and elasticity of skin
Found in green tea

Resveratrol
Reduces the effects of aging
Slows the production of harmful free radicals, which damage skin cells
Found in the skin of red grapes (+ red wine)

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