Move over, Clearasil. It seems that zinc might be challenging your position as best pimple annihilator. In one Swedish study, acne-prone patients who added a zinc supplement to their diets had an 85% reduction of acne in just three months. Some great sources of pimple-pummeling zinc are oysters, turkey, seafood, eggs, and milk.
Collagen-building Vitamin C is a real wrinkle-buster! So kiwis are a perfect summer food if you want to avoid pesky lines, 'cuz one small kiwi contains more than 100% of the recommended daily intake of the vitamin. Vitamin C offers up tons of health benefits, including helping your body to build collagen. When you have more collagen, your skin retains more elasticity, and wrinkles are slower to form. Other great sources of the vitamin are oranges, mango, honeydew & papaya.
Spend a little too much time in the summer sun? Just reach for some peaches or blueberries. Turns out these sweet, seasonal treats contain tons of Vitamin E. "E" (the vitamin, not the tv network) is known for easing the redness and swelling associated with sunburns. And by preventing swelling, it also prevents stretching of the skin that can lead to wrinkle formation. Peachy keen!
ERASE DARK UNDER-EYE CIRCLES
Iron + Vitamin C = a great way to attack dark under-eye circles. Try pairing up sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts (high in iron), with some sliced red, yellow, or orange peppers (great source of vitamin C). Sautee them together, with some onions and garlic, in a non-stick pan spritzed with nonfat cooking spray. The result? A delicious, low cal, under-eye circle erasing feast!
GET THAT GLOW
Want that J. Lo glow? To get skin looking fresh, dewy, refreshed, and healthy, guzzle down lots of H2O. It may sound cliche, but it's definitely true. Water flushes out toxins, and keeps you hydrated, so it really does keep skin looking rosy and supple.
PREVENT SKIN CANCER
Tomatoes completely ROCK. They contain three skin cancer fighting antioxidants: beta carotene, vitamin C, and lycopene. So tomato it up with stewed tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and tomato sauce! And if you want to maximize your body's absorption of lycopene, cook your tomatoes in a small amount of olive oil. You don't have to ask us twice. Yum!
CHEW ON THIS: Essential fatty acids found in vegetable oils, and fish such as salmon and tuna, help to nourish and hydrate skin. Go fish!
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