Move over, Clearasil. It seems that zinc might be challenging your position as the 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 and eggs.
Vitamin C is a real wrinkle-buster. Along with a slew of other health benefits, this vitamin helps your body to build collagen. When you have more collagen, your skin retains more elasticity, and wrinkles are slower to form. So kiwi is a perfect summer food if you want to avoid pesky lines, 'cuz one small kiwi contains nearly 100% of the recommended daily intake of the vitamin. Other great sources of vitamin C are oranges, mango, honeydew & strawberries.
Spend a little too much time in the summer sun? Just reach for some papaya or blueberries. Turns out these sweet, seasonal treats contain skin-friendly vitamin E. "E" (the vitamin, not the tv network) protects the skin from UV rays, 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. Nuts and leafy greens are high in vitamin E, so whip up a summer salad with blueberries and sunflower seeds for healthy, calm skin compliments of a tasty meal!
ERASE DARK UNDER-EYE CIRCLES
Iron + vitamin C = a great way to attack dark under-eye circles. Try pairing steamed spinach (high in iron) with some sliced red peppers (great source of vitamin C). Sauté the peppers in a pan (spritzed with nonstick cooking spray) with some lean skinless chicken breast, onions and garlic, and serve over the spinach. 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, revitalized and healthy, guzzle down lots of H2O. It may sound cliché, 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 antioxidants that research shows may fight skin cancer: 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 tell us twice. Yum!
CHEW ON THIS: May 4th is National Orange Juice Day. We prefer to celebrate this one with a big juicy orange (food's more fun when you can chew it!).
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