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Foods For Better Skin

You are what you eat, and when it comes to your skin, it shows. It’s important to take care of your skin not only in the summer, but year round as well. Aside from using sunscreen daily, you should also pay attention to what you eat. Diets full of sugar and fatty foods will break down collagen faster, making your skin look dull and aged. Add these foods to your diet to perk up your skin and make you glow.

You will often find that papaya is a common ingredient for skin-care products (from faces scrubs to masks) because it contains a great amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which helps repair skin tissue and protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. It is also a key nutrient to make collagen, which is a protein that gives skin its strength and elasticity.

Avocados contain high levels of vitamin E, which reverses free radical and oxidative damage to the skin, and healthy oils, which help maintain lubrication and hydration of the skin. It is also believed that the combination of vitamin C and vitamin E help protect against UV damage. All of these benefits will help refresh your natural skin glow.

Hemp Seeds
These seeds contain healthy oils which draw hydration to your skin and repair skin cells from damage from wind, sand and saltwater. Hemp seeds are also great for balancing out your fatty acids, as they contain alpha-linolenic acid which is a member of the omega-3 fatty acid family. Increasing omega-3 consumption also tends to better balance your skin and body.

Zinc is a key ingredient in sunscreen since it is great at blocking UV rays, but it is also supports wound healing and helps to prevent cell damage. And luckily, shellfish is a great source for zinc.

Aside from offering a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth, cantaloupe is high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps protect against free radicals. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in our bodies, which helps the growth and repair of body tissues like the skin.

Sardines contain DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol), which is used in skin-care products because it aids in collagen synthesis and helps draw water to the surface. Sardines are also a great source of omega -3 fatty acids and calcium.

While it is not technically a food, you should drink up. Aside from obvious health reasons, dehydration can also be seen on your skin. Well-hydrated skin looks firm and healthy. Not only should you drink water, but you can load up on hydrating foods such as watermelon and cucumbers.

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