5 Skin-Friendly Foods

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Skin Friendly FoodsRemember the old saying, you are what you eat? The same truth applies to healthy, radiant skin. While the products you apply to your skin can have a huge impact on texture and tone, but what you put inside your body can make a big difference too. Here are five essential—and even surprising— skin friendly foods to keep you looking and feeling beautiful.

Pomegranates
Packed with polyphenols - antioxidants that fight free radical damage -pomegranates are believed to help regulate blood flow. Either one piece of fruit a day or a couple of glasses of juice should help do the trick. Another plus? A study in the journal Experimental Dermatology found that pomegranate juice may protect against UVB damage too.

Green Tea
Put another tally in the win column for this miracle beverage, which contains catechins that have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Several cups a day boosts antioxidants and may help keep you looking and feeling great!

Walnuts
These tasty nuts are a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can help improve skin elasticity. They also contain copper, which is a mineral that synergistically works to help increase collagen production. Snack on no more than a handful a day, since more than that can be too fattening.

Carrots
A prime source of beta carotene (the vegan source of vitamin A that is converted by the body into retinol), these salad staples can help keep skin clear and smooth.  Vitamin A is the prime source of retinol—the wonder skin-product ingredient that has been extensively tested for its ability to help reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and improve skin texture. Vitamin A is also believed to reduce the development of skin-cancer cells. Nibble on a half a cup a day.

Chocolate
No, it really isn't too good to be true. Cocoa's fats can hydrate the skin, and dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that boost both skin and overall health. Choose brands that contain at least 70 percent cacao, and limit yourself to just a couple of squares a day.

And a study in the Journal of Nutrition found it may even help protect against sun damage. Women who drank cocoa fortified with flavonoids had stronger resistance to UV rays than those who did not.

By Cathy Garrard
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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