Bella and I have been writing about different ways to take care of your skin with tonics and blemish blasters, but you can also improve the quality of your skin from the inside out. According to Real Age foods high saturated fat, trans fat, and simple sugars promote aging and inflammation. For lovely skin avoid and or minimize the following foods:
- Full-fat dairy products
- Red meat (especially processed meat)
- Sugary soft drinks
- Sweets in general
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- The antioxidant
beta carotene and lycopene, may help protect against sun damage (this does not mean you should stop using sunscreen!!!). Orange fruits and veggies tend to be high beta carotene, like: cantaloupe, carrots, squash and yams. Tomatoes and pink grapefruit are high in lycopene.
- Omega-3s fight inflammation and may help guard against sun damage (like I said above - you still need to wear sunscreen). Find them in flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, and other cold-water fish.
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that combats skin damage from the sun and other sources (still say YES to sunscreen). Find it in bell peppers, orange juice, strawberries, or a supplement.
- Vitamin E fights inflammation and works with other antioxidants to ward off sun damage (you know that I am going to say you should wear sunscreen). Nuts and seeds, especially sunflower seeds, contain small amounts of vitamin E. Since vitamin E is fat soluble your body stores it, so you generally don't need to take a supplement.
I would say these recommendations seem excellent for your general health. So eat up and take care of the largest organ of your body - your skin.