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Five Foods For Younger Looking Skin

Update Date: May 06, 2013 02:31 PM EDT
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You really are what you eat.  Research has proven over and over again that things people put in their bodies can significantly impact how their body looks and feels, and the key to getting younger looking skin is to start by eating the right foods. Take a look at the list below to see which foods you can easily incorporate into your everyday diet.

Water


Besides being life sustaining and having many health benefits, water can also help beautify your skin, the body's largest organ.  Like most organs in the body, dehydration negatively affects the skin by making it look dry and wrinkly.  Drinking lots of water can help moisturize and increase the elasticity of skin by replenishing skin cells and tissues and flushing out harmful toxins that build up in the body.

Cold Water Fish

Fish like salmon and mackerel contain high amounts of beneficial fatty acids called omega-3s, which appear to have several skin benefits.  Not only are fatty fish dishes good for the heart, they can also help prevent wrinkles by keeping the skin hydrated and supple. Previous studies found that foods like salmon can help replace the skin's natural fatty acids to keep the skin looking younger. Other studies have found that fatty fish can even help provide some UV protection, and relieve skin disorders and burns because if the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of omega-3s.

Almonds

These seeds are a major source of vitamin E, which is an important vitamin that nourishes and protects the skin from harmful UV rays.  Past studies have shown that participants who ate 14 mg of vitamin E (equivalent to about 20 almonds) a day who were then exposed to UV light sunburned less than those who received a placebo. Not only can almonds protect you from UV rays, it also cleanses and eliminates toxins in your body, making your skin smooth and free of imperfections.

Orange Vegetables

Orange vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes pumpkins and winter squash are filled with an antioxidant called beta-carotene, which helps improve skin tone and keeps the skin looking young and vibrant.  Once in the body, beta-carotene converts into vitamin A, which helps repair skin tissue, protect against harmful UV rays and decrease the skin's oil production.

Broccoli

Broccoli is packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid, calcium and fiber.  Not only can it reduce the risk of a variety of conditions like cataracts, heart disease and several types of cancer, broccoli also supports collagen production and helps your body renew skin cells more quickly, speeding up bruise healing and lightening dark under-eye circles.

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