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Eat for Your Skin

What foods you should reach for to get great-looking skin

How do you choose which foods to eat? Do you eat what tastes good, what helps you lose weight, or foods that protect your heart? If you’re already eating healthily, here’s some good news: One of the many benefits of healthy eating is improved skin. From fighting free radicals that cause cell damage to protecting from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays to reducing inflammation that results in aging skin, certain foods are known to have powerful effects on the health of your skin.

So the next time you’re at the grocery store, load up on these foods to help clear your complexion and reduce the signs of aging.

1. Kale

You know leafy greens are good for you, but kale is a nutritional powerhouse. One cup provides more than 100 percent of your recommended daily amounts of vitamin A and C, two vitamins that promote healthy skin. It’s also extremely rich in zeaxanthin and lutein, carotenoids that protect your skin from free radicals resulting from exposure to UV rays, even those that penetrate through sunscreen.

2. Olive Oil

People who consume at least two teaspoons of olive oil a day show fewer signs of aging than those who eat less than one teaspoon a day. Compared to other oils, olive oil contains mostly monounsaturated fatty acids, which help keep your skin looking young. Olive oil is also a great source of polyphenols, antioxidants that protect against the damage of free radicals.

3. Dark Chocolate

Have dry or scaly skin? Feel free to enjoy some dark chocolate. It’s rich in flavonols, plant compounds that improve circulation and keep the skin hydrated. Since dark chocolate is high in calories, however, you’ll want to limit your treat to one ounce or 150 calories.

4. Tomatoes

Anyone who gets sunburned easily may benefit from a daily dose of tomato paste. Tomatoes (especially cooked, processed ones) are loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from the effects of the sun. In other words, put pasta on tonight’s menu!

5. Walnuts

Compared to other nuts, walnuts contain the highest amount of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid. Someone deficient in this fat has a higher risk of eczema, a skin condition associated with dry, itchy rashes. Fatty acids help prevent dry and aging skin by improving production of your skin’s natural oils.

6. Water

Keep your skin from being dry, saggy, and wrinkly by drinking plenty of water. Water delivers nutrients to your cells, removes toxins, and improves circulation. By drinking water, you’re not drinking sugar-filled beverages such as soda, juice, and sports drinks. A diet high in sugar leads to wrinkles and lack of elasticity in skin, not to mention weight gain. Drink water at meals and sip on it throughout the day.

7. Eggs

Healthy skin tissue contains collagen, a strong material that keeps skin elastic and prevents wrinkles. Your body uses the protein in your diet to help build collagen. Additionally, eggs are an excellent source of complete protein without unhealthy fats, and they’re high in vitamin A, a nutrient that repairs damaged skin cells.

8. Salmon

Eat fatty fish such as salmon or sardines to get your dose of DHA, an important omega-3 fatty acid. DHA contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent acne and breakouts. And salmon tastes great, so it’s a win-win!

9. Green Tea

When you’re ready for some flavor to your drinks, you can improve the appearance of your skin with a daily cup of green tea. Rich in polyphenols, green tea keeps skin smooth, elastic, and protected from sun damage. The antioxidants found in green tea promote a clear complexion by increasing nutrient-rich blood flow to the skin, curbing inflammation, and protecting against DNA damage.