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Seven Foods for Great Skin

Seven Foods for Great Skin

Hopefully, by now you have learned that what you eat has a great impact on how you look. In fact, your whole lifestyle influences the condition of your skin. Awful habits like smoking can make it turn yellow early and make the aging process go faster. On the contrary, a healthy diet can prevent early appearance of wrinkles and give you a healthy glow. Take a look at this list of seven foods that will lead you on a path towards beautiful skin!

Flax Seeds: This is maybe something unusual to add to your menu, but you can always put them in your salad, for example. Consuming flax seeds on a daily basis can reduce redness, relieve irritation and help the softening and freshness of your face. They are also rich in omega-3’s which are significant for the control of the appearance of age spots and fine lines.

Sunflower Seeds: The other seeds on our list are actually a great protection source from daily sun damage (the name even hints it!). They are rich in vitamin E. Maybe sunflower seeds are not a snack in your country, but in Eastern Europe, for example, you can eat them by removing the peel and snacking on them, or you can get them already peeled. They can be also added to your salad or oatmeal breakfast.

Purple/Blue Fruits: Not only are they tasty and full of vitamin C, but these small fruits are a great idea if you want to keep your skin beautiful for a long time. Blueberries,blackberries, plums and others are all rich in antioxidant which fight free radical damage. (This damage is caused by chemicals in the environment or an unhealthy diet.) They also help out in the anti-aging care.

Chocolate: Hurray! Something incredible tasty on the list! Great amounts of it can cause acne, it is true. However, dark chocolate on a daily basis (not too much, of course) would not irritate your skin. On the contrary, it will increase flavonol intake which results in gorgeous skin.

Sweet Potatoes: These root vegetables are high in vitamins like A and C, which contribute to the glowing, healthy skin we all wish for. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production which keeps your skin smooth, while vitamin A is an antioxidant that can even prevent skin cancer.

Tomatoes: They are one of the main ingredients in classic salads, so all you vegetable lovers can celebrate: they are also great for your skin! They are a good source of antioxidants like lycopene which can improve your skin health and reduce pigmentation. You can eat them in a salad, with your sandwich or even cooked: heat will not take away their lycopene content!

Salmon: The protein in salmon is great for your hair, but when it comes to skin, it is the amount of vitamin D which is excellent for keeping your other organs (brain, heart, bones, etc.) healthy. Salmon also is packed with omega-3 fatty acids which contribute to the hydration of your skin from the inside out as well as it helps fighting skin inflammation, acne and fine lines.
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