6 Best Foods for Healthy Skin

There are a lot of fancy products on the market that people will try to sell you to make your skin look healthier. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) newsletter, Americans use an average of 10 personal care products daily.

While there are several helpful skin creams and even skin powders, for the most part, your skin is a direct reflection of what you put in your body and not just what you put on it. So in many cases, if you don’t eat right and instead solely rely on skin care products, your skin won’t improve at all. Instead, pair your favorite skin care products with a natural diet – one that your skin will thank you for.

The following are some great foods that will help make your skin look better naturally.

1. Citrus Fruits: Vitamin C

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Oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit and their ilk are great for your skin because of their high vitamin C and antioxidant levels. Vitamin C helps your skin to produce more collagen, which keeps it smooth. When you want your skin to be healthy, you want it to resist damage, and antioxidants do this by removing harmful and skin damaging chemicals called free radicals that your body produces. With a healthy load of fresh citrus fruits in your diet, you will start to both look and feel better in a hurry.

2. Tomatoes: Natural Antioxidants

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Tomatoes are also great for their extreme antioxidant levels, which help your skin to repair the oxidative damage done by the free radicals in your blood. But this is just the beginning. Another great component of the tomato is lycopene, the chemical that makes tomatoes red. Lycopene is great for keeping down cancers such as melanoma, which can be horrendous looking even in its benign forms and can be very dangerous in its malignant ones.

3. Almonds – Super Food

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Almonds are an all-around super food. Not only are they the best non-fish source of omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your heart, your muscles and your skin. Not only are they a generally solid source of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. Almonds are also packed with vitamin E, which helps to keep moisture in your skin and repel the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. Adding a handful of almonds to any snack is a satisfying crunchy way to buttress your skin health.

4. Fish: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Fish contains the largest concentration of omega-3 fatty acids of any type of food on the planet. Omega-3 acids keep your circulation good by removing arterial deposits, and good circulation makes for better skin. In addition to this, fish also have large amounts of zinc, which help your body to metabolize testosterone. Eating fish won’t turn you into a bodybuilder, but it will help your body to regulate its production of an oil called sebum, which can contribute to acne if it’s overly abundant.

5. Eggs: Selenium

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Eggs contain a lot of protein, which is essential for keeping your skin cells working properly. In addition to this, eggs contain the mineral selenium, which helps reduce the damage done to your skin by the sun’s UV rays. Selenium has even been shown to reduce the incidence of cancers in your skin.

6. Water: The Most Essential Nutrient

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Water is the most essential nutrient. While it isn’t strictly a food, it is so important that it outranks any normal drink to become the capstone of a successful healthy skin diet. While washing your face can help take care of your acne, drinking a 16 ounce glass of water every hour will help even more.

The foods you eat can play a huge role in how great your skin looks. After all, you are what you eat.

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References:

http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Non-food/Lifestyle/cosmetics_or_personal_care_products_0426110639.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/nutrition/5-foods-for-beautiful-skin.htm

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/good_skin_foods_healthy_recipes_for_glowing_skin

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About Natalie Bracco

Natalie Bracco is a freelance food, lifestyle, and technology writer currently working on heath and beauty subjects. She is currently living in sunny Florida. When she’s not out exploring and blogging the newest trends she’s out writing for established companies like Copy for Bylines. Follow her on Twitter @NatalieBracco.