Do you want fabulous skin? Glowing, vibrant, and younger looking skin? Make sure you're putting foods for healthy skin on your plate. Balance is the key. No single item in your diet is responsible for building up or maintaining the skin fads. Over-emphasize one food in preference to others can actually deprive you of essential nutrients and may even harm your skin.
SOFT SKIN - Pomegranates. This fruit contains Vitamin C that helps guard against wrinkling effects of sun damage. The juice in the seeds contain both elegiac acid and punicalagin, which fight damages from free radicals and help increase your body's capacity to preserve collagen, the sub dermal connective tissue that makes skin look smooth.
FINE LINES - Blueberries. Blueberries contain more antioxidants than almost any other food. You can expect extra protection against skin damaging free radicals that come from sun exposure, stress and over-exercising.
FIRMING - Spinach. Spinach is loaded with beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that have been shown to improve skin elasticity, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry.
REDNESS - Cold Water Fish. Sardines, salmon and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which strengthen skin cell membranes, helping keep moisture in. Consuming two servings of fish a week can reduce chronic skin inflammations, such as eczema.
BROWN SPOTS - Green Tea. Green tea has many benefits which you may have read about in the past issues. However, green tea contains catechins and plyphenols which are antioxidants that fight and prevent against free radical damage.
HEALTHY GLOW - Olive Oil. The "good fats" in olive oil are highly beneficial; they contain heart-healthy omega-3's, which improve circulation, leaving skin rosy and supple.