8 Essential Ingredients for Beautiful Skin

27 Oct

pomegranates1. Avocado. A good source of biotin, avocados help prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. Used topically, they hydrate parched skin wonderfully. Try it yourself: Create a moisturizing mask by pitting the fruit. Puree the pulp, and pat it on your face. The  natural oils act as an emollient while skin-friendly vitamin E protects against premature aging.

2. Green tea. Green tea’s high on the list of healthy skin beverages, thanks to its impressive stockpile of polyphenols. Aim for 2-4 cups throughout your day.

3. Tomato. A German study found that lycopene-rich tomato paste helped participants prevent sunburn when they combined it with olive oil, daily for ten weeks. Besides being a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes are considered a high-carotenoid fruit. These nutrients may help slow down cellular damage from free radicals.

4. Salmon. Salmon contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves your skin’s elasticity. Translation: Fewer fine lines.

5. Eggs. The protein in eggs helps repair cells that have suffered free radical damage. Eggs, are a complete source of protein, and contain biotin, as well, which protects against dry skin.

6. Pomegranate. When applied topically, this antioxidant-rich fruit may help skin create more collagen, while speeding healing.

7. Beans. Another protein source, legumes help repair cells that have suffered free radical damage. During digestion, protein breaks down into amino acids, the building blocks of cells. Amino acids hasten the repair and regeneration of skin cells and collagen.

8. Walnuts. Looking to add Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet but not a fan of fish? Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3s, which promote shiny hair and smoother, younger looking skin.

First published on ReadersDigest.com.

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5 Responses to “8 Essential Ingredients for Beautiful Skin”

  1. Healthnut Nutrition October 27, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    I try to eat most of these on a regular basis but I need to start eating more salmon and healthy fish for sure though:) but I do love going out for sushi!

    • amyzonline October 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      Oh, so do I! We probably go at least once a month. It’s gotten tricky to find safe fish locally, which does not make it easier!

  2. wartica October 27, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I haven’t had much luck with tomato with my skin, but everything else has cleared out a lot of my autoimmune issues:))

    • amyzonline October 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      I’ve been going through hell with my skin but I believe it’s hormonal. It’s nice to remember there are natural ways to take care of things, so to speak!

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