Foods that make your skin Glow

Foods that make your skin glow

 “Wow, Mom.  You looked so young there.”  Candice cringed as she remembered those words slipping from her daughter’s lips.  The photo had only been taken three years earlier.   She studied herself in the mirror, thinking about the stress the last few years had brought on.  Work, her father’s illness, and a divorce had clearly taken more of a toll than Candice realized.  She wanted that healthy glow from the photo back.

We all want to hold on to healthy, youthful, glowing skin for as long as we can. These days with top skin creams averaging as much as $400 per ounce ( you thought filling your gas tank was expensive) and with most offering little proof they do half what they promise, it might not be the worst idea to swing by the market and pick up a few foods that are skin doctor recommended.  According to top dermatologists, there are skin friendly foods loaded with nutrients that happen to be known for having sun-protecting, skin-hydrating, and even wrinkle-preventing powers.  That’s right.  Powers!

Want to save a bundle and improve your skin?  Skip the $400 price tag and take a peek at what you’d likely find in your dermatologists shopping cart if you ran into her (or him – no stereotyping here) at the market.

Fruits and veggies.  You're probably up to your eyebrows (Botoxed or not) with the hearing "eat your fruits and vegetables." If you haven’t taken that advice to heart yet, maybe knowing that they prevent wrinkles will coax you into the produce isle.  If you want to replenish your skin's supply of antioxidants, so they're ready to take out free radicals whenever they show up, (here it is again) eat your fruits and vegetables.  

A few top picks: sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and cantaloupe.

Vitamin C.  Your body can't store much wrinkle-fighting vitamin C, so you need to replenish your supplies regularly.  Have some citrus every day.  Ounce for ounce, oranges are the top citrus source of Vitamin C, but you can only eat so many, right?  You can always find a high quality supplement to take.  Vitamin C helps keep collagen (the supportive protein fibers that stop skin from sagging ) strong and resilient. None of us want sagging wrinkles.

A few top picks: oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit

Vitamin A.  Certain dark green vegetables, whether they're fresh, frozen, raw, or steamed, really deliver on vitamin A, one of the most skin-essential vitamins on the market.  What so great about Vitamin A?  It supports skin-cell turnover, which promotes cell growth and development. Without it, skin gets dry, tough, and scaly.  No one wants that.  No one.

A few top picks: spinach, turnip greens, and broccoli

Tea.  There's an exceptionally powerful antioxidant known as EGCG that does all kinds of good things for skin. Where might you find it, you ask?  True teas – black, green, or white (not herbal).  All true teas contain EGCG (by the way, that stands for epigallocatechin-3-gallate), however, green tea varieties have the most.  Brew a full teapot every morning and sipping 4 to 6 cups throughout the day will be a no-brainer. 

Top pick: green tea

 Fish.  Several cold-water catches offer your skin a double win: age-fighting omega-3s and the restorative powers of protein. Omega-3s fight inflammation, a top skin ager and protein is required to build and repair skin cells and to make enzymes and hormones that help keep your skin glowing. Try not to go, umm, overboard with it though – mercury can be a concern if you eat seafood more than a few times a week.

A few top picks: salmon, trout, tuna, sardines, Atlantic mackerel, Pacific herring, and most shellfish.

We all know it isn't always easy or convenient to eat the foods your body needs, but it’s important to get the nutrients we can't always fit into our diets.  If you choose to supplement, do so with high quality supplements.  If you want a good place to start looking, see what supplements the Rag-Tag Geeks have researched and recommend.  Also, don’t forget, while it can’t be found on the food chain, exercise is also important for promoting healthy, youthful skin.  

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